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A journey of taste in mountainous Chania: Theriso - Keramia

Taking Chania as starting point, we follow the way to Kladisou crossroads through Kisamou Street, following the traffic signs to Theriso. The route through Theriso gorge rewards the visitor for this choice. After covering a distance of about 20 minutes, we arrive at the historical village Theriso, where the revolution of Theriso began in 1905, as it is known in historiography the revolution began there in 1905 and then expanded in the whole island, claiming the union of Crete with Greece.

In the central square of the village prevails the statue of the great Greek politician Eleftherios Venizelos. We can visit the Historical and Folklore Museum(B) that was established in 1985 and is hosted in the building that was used as headquarters of Eleftherios Venizelos, as well as the Museum of National Resistance (B), where are being exhibited many relics and photos from the period of the National Resistance of 1941-1945. Theriso, however, is known to all gourmet for one more reason, for the outstanding family taverns, which are well-known for their meat and which have made this place to a popular gastronomic destination for local people and visitors. Don’t forget to taste traditional apaki, siglino and smoked sausage, tsigariasto, staka, fricassee with stamnagathi and marathopita. Accompany your food with local wine and tsikoudia.

Leaving behind us Theriso we are driving to Keramies, a mountainous Municipal Unit that is located on the northern foot of Lefka Ori.The route from Chania to Keramies is panoramic and very impressive, maybe unique in Crete. In Keramies Municipal Unit, it worth visiting Diktamos gorge and Aletrouvari gorge, both are places of unique natural beauty. In Plativola village is located the homonymous cave, which is one of the most important caves of Crete. There are also many byzantine churches in the area, such as Agios Ioannis in Gerolako, Agios Georgios in Malaxa (C) and many others. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Chania and Souda bay from Malaxa. Don’t forget to stop in Drakona to taste the traditional recipes based on pure, high quality Cretan products in the local taverns. Roast meat in the oven with pure virgin olive oil, tsigariasto, ofto, Sfakian pies, kalitsounia with wild herbs are some of the dishes of the Cretan diet that will impress you.

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