What to do and see in Prines, Greece: The Best Places and Tips

December 20, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Discover the best top things to do in Prines, Greece including Agia Irini Gorge, Melissa Mediterranean, Samaria Gorge National Park, Gialiskari beach, Manousakis Winery, Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete, Kandanos War Memorial, Anoskeli Winery, Astrikas Estate Biolea, Cretan Brewery.
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1. Agia Irini Gorge

Sougia, Crete 73009, Greece
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4.5 based on 157 reviews

Agia Irini Gorge

The four-hour walk through the gorge takes you through beautiful, uncrowded scenery.

Reviewed By LoogaGuzzi - Leicestershire

This is a great descent through an unspoilt limestone gorge with only a handful of other visitors, even in high season.
I its an easy drive from the north coast.
We parked at the upper end near the taverna and just did the descent. I'm pretty unfit these days and have a dodgy ankle plus we dawdled early on so took a little under 4 hours to get to the Oasis taverna. The footing is almost all limestone so would be slippy if wet but it was all bone dry for us. The hardest section was the last 1- 2 km which have much less shade than higher up. It was mid afternoon when we got to this part and the heat was extreme; the sun directly above is compounded by reflected heat from the rocks all around you.
The lady at the taverna said the local taxi was off on another job so offerred her middle-aged lady friend as an alternative ride back to our car. This worked well although her cornering was a little more exciting that I had expected.
Forget Samaria - do Imbros and Irini to leave the crowds behind.

2. Melissa Mediterranean

Prines, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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5 based on 4 reviews

Melissa Mediterranean

Reviewed By kretaberit - Kreta/Norway

One of the most interesting excurtions I have participated in on Crete. The professor who guided us where so enthusiastic and well-informed that he really made my day!! I learned alot more in beautiful surroundings of the Amari valley.

3. Samaria Gorge National Park

Old National Road Chanion-Kissamou | Lefka Ori, Sfakia, Crete 730 05, Greece +30 2821 045570
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Samaria Gorge National Park

Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge stretches more than 10 miles to the south coastal region and offers many hiking trails.

Reviewed By Bill M - Burnley, United Kingdom

One of the hundreds of gorges on Crete which run down to the Libyan Sea; the most popular, falling 4500 feet over some 12 miles on good paths without hazard. Wear proper hiking shoes and sensible clothing: don't end up sunburnt and hobbling in Roumeli as so many do. Appreciate the Mountains, don't litter, take your time. It's better going up- you've more time to think and savour the isolation.

4. Gialiskari beach

Crete's southcoast, 5 km east of Paleochora, Palaiochora, Crete 73001, Greece
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4.5 based on 247 reviews

Gialiskari beach

Reviewed By goanjock - The Stunning Highlands

A simply stunning beach that is very easy to find. Just head out of Paleochora on the Anidri and just outside of Paleochora take the road/track on your right. Just take your time and the road is very easy to negotiate. The beach has two sections the first section pebble which was our favourite part with glorious views and a lovely chilled out cantina serving great food, cold beer, perfect background music and friendly staff. The sunbeds are cheap to hire and the sea fantastic to swim in. You can follow a path and signs to the other section of beach which is called The Sandy Beach and there is also a nice cantina there set amongst some trees. The beach towards the east end is more naturist and this is also where you pick up the E4.
Behind the pebble section the path to the Anidri Gorge begins. Fantastic beach, great swimming, lovely cantina's what more could you ask for :-)

5. Manousakis Winery

Vatolakkos, Crete 730 05, Greece +30 2821 078787
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5 based on 369 reviews

Manousakis Winery

Please note that all tours are by appointment only, Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. Please inquire about our different tour options. Our winery is open year round to visitors who wish to enjoy a tour of our facilities, as well as a full tasting of all available Nostos Wines. The Manousakis Winery is located in the village of Vatolakkos, 20 minutes outside of the town of Chania. All of our wines are organically grown with a focus in local as well as Rhone grape varietals.

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

We did a trip out to the Winery from Chania with Crete Travel. It was an exclusive off-road trip to the winery in a four wheel drive. It went up a spectacular mountain route to get to the grounds of the winery and then we...MoreWe are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to our winery and our wines! Hope to see you again.

6. Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

Eparchiaki Odos Chanion-Omalou, Fournes, Crete 731 00, Greece +30 697 686 0573
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4.5 based on 998 reviews

Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete

Walking in the Botanical park & Gardens of Crete offes spiritual tranquility and visual pleasure in addition to knowledge on plants and their material . Nearly 20 hectares of land are waiting to welcome you, full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals! In the midst of this colorful and vivid landscape stands a burnt centennial olive tree, a memorial and a reference to the dismal fires of 2003, the park’s history and origin. The newest and one of the most interesting sites of the Prefecture of Chania lies only 18 kilometers outside the city, on the feet of the White Mountains. It is ideal for visitors of all ages, combining enjoyments that only Crete can offer!

Reviewed By Ollerbarrow - Altrincham, United Kingdom

You need to be reasonably fit to get around these Gardens, even if you do the short tour without going down into the base of the ravine. The self-guided tour is, however, very informative and picturesque with many plants growing in a natural environment to provide the disembodied seeds or fruits we are used to seeing prepackaged on supermarket shelves. Plenty of information as you go round and a shady verandah to relax on at the end of your climb back up to the entrance.

7. Kandanos War Memorial

Market place, Kandanos, Crete 730 04, Greece
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Kandanos War Memorial

Reviewed By Morten H - Fredrikstad, Norway

During the German invasion of Creete in 1941, the village was completely nivelled as a retaliation of an ambush of German soldiers. The two monuments erected on the the town square with the new orthodox church overlooking it, is really worth a stop. One monument is for remembrance of the civilian losses of 1941 invasion and all other wars, and the second is a replica of a monument the Germans erected themselves. In the village of Floria, 8 km northbound, there are also two different memorials. In the tavern of Floria there is an interesting memo book of the story of 1941 and the ceremonies 50 years later, with Greek and German authorities attending.

8. Anoskeli Winery

Off of Eparchiaki Odos Tavronitis-Paleochoras, Anoskeli, Platanias, Crete 73002, Greece
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5 based on 77 reviews

Anoskeli Winery

Opening hours : Monday until Saturday 10:30-18:00 for guided tour and wine tasting please contact with us for scheduled appointments. If you prefer different visiting hours or days please contact us by phone or email or in our facebook account

Reviewed By c2chen - Singapore, Singapore

Driving from Elafonisi Beach and after a late lunch at Elos, we headed to Anoskeli Winery to visit the olive farm and for wine tasting. Driving across the mountain area was trying and it took longer than we expected. We called in to say we were late, arriving past 5.00pm but the host graciously hosted us to wine tasting lasting about an hour, beyond its closing time. We had an interesting talk about Crete wines and olives. It was a worthwhile visit on our way back to our hotel in Chania old town.

9. Astrikas Estate Biolea

Biolea G. Dimitriadis, Astrikas, Platanias, Crete 730 06, Greece
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5 based on 138 reviews

Astrikas Estate Biolea

The Astrikas Estate organic olive groves are located in the small village of Astrikas, within the PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) area of Kolymbari in northwestern Crete.Biolea specializes in artisan production of organic olive oil, stone milled and cold pressed. The company's organic olive oil is exclusively estate-produced and bottled.The Astrikas Estate is open to visitors; we offer a tour free of charge to anyone who is interested to learn about the production method of olive oil. TOURS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Reviewed By manicelojumi

It was the first time we visited an olive farm and we could not have chosen better! The road to the plant is spectacular, great views!!! Chloe welcomed us warmly and gave us a private guided tour explaining the way of the olive to olive...MoreThank you so much for your wonderful support! We hope you enjoy the Lemonio olive oil you purchased (it goes especially well with fish and seafood) and come back anytime you find yoursefl back in Crete!

10. Cretan Brewery

Zounaki, Platanias, Crete 73002, Greece +30 2824 031002
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5 based on 88 reviews

Cretan Brewery

Reviewed By John G - Stockholm, Sweden

This year, a revolution happened in West Crete, The bland, mass produced lager called Mythos and Alfa got competition from ice cold quality draught beer called Charma in many bars and restaurats. This is where it is made and it is well worthe a visit.
After a tasting and a guided tour, experdly led by the passionate guide Ioanna, I sat down with the owner Yannis to talk about Greek beer, his history and philosophy and his taste in beer. He has designed every screw in this modern, sustainable and functional brewery, located in his beautiful family village above Maleme.
I will come back as soon as I can, to try the special brews that you can only get on site. And hopfully to meet the lovely hosts again.
The only drawback is that you need some sort of transport to get here. I took a taxi and the driver was very happy, because he had nevere been here before.

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