Through the central message “Sense the Authentic”, we are building a campaign that invites visitors to discover everything that composes the unique tourism experience of Crete. It encourages visitors to feel, to experience with all their senses the hospitality, as offered by the locals and the tourism professionals, expressed through the passion and love for their work, but also through their deeply rooted moral obligation to offer the “best” and, most importantly, the “authentic”. With more than 1,000 kilometers of coastline, rich history, aromas and flavors that fascinate, Crete, the birthplace of Europe’s oldest civilization, welcomes its visitors with optimism and continues to offer, especially in this unprecedented time, authentic relations with the visitors, based on mutual responsibility.
Enjoy one more new video produced by Indigo View directed by the awarded Cretan director Theodore Papadoulakis
“An ardent desire to go took possession of me once more. Not because I wanted to leave – I was quite all right on this Cretan coast, and felt happy and free there and I needed nothing – but because I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die.”
― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
Artwork by Manousos Chalkiadakis from the island of Crete in Greece.
The largest island in Greece. Crete is a feast for the senses: wild natural beauty and thousands of years of culture, history and exquisite cuisine.
“The mystery of Crete runs deep. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious force coursing warmly and beneficently through their veins, sensing their soul beginning to grow” wrote Nikos Kazantzakis, Crete’s most celebrated author, in Report to Greco. On the south side of the Aegean is an island that is mystical, warm and welcoming, pure and generous. Crete captures the spirit of Greece, and enchants everyone who visits it. Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Ierapetra, Malia, Hersonissos, Sitia, Sfakia: an island with numerous destinations and thousands of vibrant images. Crete captivates and seduces the senses with its impressive and majestic landscape, with its open-hearted and vivacious spirit, its rich history, its world-famous cuisine and its hospitable people. READ MORE
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Manousos Chalkiadakis was born in Hania Crete in 1948. His studies of Economics in Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki and later, his accounting pursuits, in Athens, inevitably conflicted with his artistic spirit and he decided to make a new beginning. Among the different forms of art he experimented with, (jewellery, photography, painting), pottery won him over and became his focal point. In 1987 he decided to return to Hania. He settled in Paidohori, Apokoronas, a small village at the foot of “Lefka Ori” (White Mountains). He renovated an 18th century Venetian ruin, created his studio and one of the most amazing houses of the Cretan countryside.
In 1989 he won the second award of the Panhellenic Ceramics Exhibition in Amarousion Athens and in 1990 he won the first award. Having participated in many exhibitions and having been established as a prominent Greek artist, he founded the art gallery “Tzamia – Krystalla” in the commercial center of Hania, Crete. The gallery became a cultural centre for the city. In addition to exhibiting the works of Greek and International artists, it also hosted well known singers and musicians in concert for select audiences. The gallery has recently relocated to the island of Santorini.
Manousos mainly uses two techniques:
The “classical technique”, where the object is fired for the first time without glaze at 1000C and for the second time at 1200C, after having been enamelled. With this technique, by using oxides of different metals (iron, cobalt, copper), Manousos creates the colours that characterise his work.