Things to do in Margarites

Our most recommended things to do in Margarites

Private Wine Pairing for Brunch

1. Private Wine Pairing for Brunch

Escape on the most intimate and exclusive Cretan brunch journey with your loved one or a group of friends. Explore a vineyard, cellar and the production facilities with the winemaker before you dive into a homemade Cretan brunch. The setup is designed to please the eyes! The food is prepared by a local taverna and is based only on local and traditional products, and will be accompanied by 5 wines. All pots and plates are handmade with care by a local ceramist from natural clay. Your private sommelier will teach you how to taste wines like an expert, and introduce you to the secrets of food and wine pairing; After this delicious experience, and if the weather allows it, visit and discover the nearby and hidden gem known as Patsos Gorge, inside of which are numerous walkways and hidden altars.

Crete: Rethymno Guided Bike Tour & Monastery of Arkadi

2. Crete: Rethymno Guided Bike Tour & Monastery of Arkadi

First we collect you by bus from your hotel and drive to the monastery of Arkadi. Before we set off on our bikes you will have a chance to visit the historic and very famous monastery. Arkadi played a very important part in Crete's history of resistance against the Turks and you will also be able to see a fascinating collection of icons, weapons and clerical items in the museum. We then get on our bikes and cycle through stunning scenery, olive groves and orange trees, passing through the villages of Amnatos, Kyrianna, Loutra and Asteri. Here you will get a glimpse of how Cretan people still live and work in the traditional way. We then pass through Hamalevri and eventually arrive at Stavromenos and then Scaleta. We will stop for a coffee break at the lovely village of Scaleta, next to the beach, just before we load all the bikes back to the trailer and drive to Margarites pottery village. Just outside the village we get back on the bikes and you will get a chance to explore this beautiful location, which has been famous for its pottery for centuries. Then we'll meet up and have a relaxing snack in the picturesque countryside and under a carob tree. After the snack we cycle down to Perama, before hopping back on the bus to drive to Melidoni and visit the famous cave. The history of this amazing archaeological site goes back thousands of years and it is said to be the mythical home of Talos, the giant bronze protector of Crete. From here we get back on the bus and visit a sandy beach, where you can swim or just laze in the sun, before we take you back to your hotel at the end of a perfect day.

Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

3. Crete: Cretan Culture Tour and Pottery Workshop

See Crete on a guided tour that combines history and craft for a hands-on experience. Visit the most historical spots on the island, learn their history, and enjoy a pottery lesson and olive oil tasting. Visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, Melidoni Cave, and more. Start by getting picked up from your accommodation in Rethymno, then arrive at the most important monastery of Crete: the Monastery of Arkadi. Explore the museum where many icons, monastic relics, and weapons reveal the monastery’s history. Enjoy an hour of free time. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. This is the first archaeological site museum in Crete. The museum hosts the whole history of Eleftherna from 3000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO” in the village of Margarites to learn about the art of pottery and create your own ceramic. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this villa. Later, visit Margarites village where you will have free time for lunch or a walk. Next, head to an olive oil manufactory. Learn how Cretan people made olive oil in the past and see the evolution up to today. Take part in an olive oil tasting before heading to the next stop, Melidoni Cave. Lastly, arrive at Melidoni, also called “Gerodospilios,” a historic cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. This 220-meter altitude cave was used for religious ceremonies and as a place of worship. Learn the cave's archaeological and historical significance before heading back to Rethymno.

Rethimno: Margarites & Gorge Tour with Live Music and Lunch

4. Rethimno: Margarites & Gorge Tour with Live Music and Lunch

Admire the ceramic artwork in the town of Margarites and take a nature hike on this van tour from Rethimno. Take your taste buds on a journey with a delectable Cretan lunch. Immerse yourself in Cretan culture with a live music demonstration and dancing.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Rethimno. Sit back and relax on your air-conditioned van ride to the mountains. Begin a leisurely walk near the foothills of mountain of Psiloritis. Reach the charming village of Margarites. Step back in time as you walk down narrow paths of Margarites and admire stone-built homes surrounded by old Venetian mansions. Marvel at the colorful and creative ceramic artwork as you walk. See how villagers have kept the pottery tradition alive.  Pass by the remains of Venetian and Ottoman pottery workshops and notice how their work affected how they built their workshops. View how they kept large rocks next to their windows, so villages would have a place to tie up their horses.  Explore the winding streets with your guide and take in the vibrant colors before continuing to the gorge of Margarites. Capture pictures of this stunning natural landscape that is dotted with cypress trees and low shrubs. Go into the gorge and listen to the sound of running water.  See traces of an old irrigation system before heading to a goat pasture. Follow a small stream which gives way to rock formations, before finishing your hike in a forest glade with a splendid chapel overlooking breathtaking views.  Stop for a delicious lunch of mezes, olives, rusks bread, and gruyere cheese. Sip on plenty of raki (grape and anise liquor) and listen to live Cretan music. Delight your ears with songs played on laouto and lyra instruments.   Hear about traditional styles of song like the mantinada and erotokritos. Be moved to dance like a local. Return to your accommodation in Rethimno at the end of your tour. 

From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

5. From Heraklion: Rethymno, Arkadi, and Lake Kourna Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Heraklion to some of Crete's best sights. Immerse yourself in the island's history in the Rethymno's authentic Old Town, pause at the relaxing Kournas Lake, see the UNESCO-listed Arkadi Monastery, and encounter the charming village of Margarites. Begin your experience by savoring the unique atmosphere of Rethymno's Old Town. Take a journey back in time as you walk through its charming narrow streets. Admire the Venetian and Ottoman-style architecture. Experience the smell of fresh bread from wood ovens as you enjoy one of the island's best-preserved towns. Next, leave the town behind as you head for the calming atmosphere of Kournas Lake. Relax in a tranquil setting, with the lake located in a small valley surrounded by high hills. Take a break for some coffee, and have a stroll in the picturesque countryside. After the lake, move onto the 12th-century Arkadi Monastery, designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument. Encounter a site located at an altitude of 500-meters, and surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, pines, cypress and oak trees. Conclude your tour at the village of Margarites. Witness a village which is the centre of the ceramics industry in Crete. Have a walk through its delightful small streets, and pause at one of its ceramics ateliers before your journey back to Heraklion.

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What people are saying about Margarites

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7 reviews

The description of GYG did not come to full reality. The tour started at 09:20, instead of 06:00, what ist good if you like sleeping like me... :) But the bad thing about it was, that we had to rush rush rush through the whole day. There has been no free time between Arkadi and Eleftherna as described and don't expect to do your own pottery as the text suggests... this was really sad for me, because I would have loved to do that. :( But all the places and people we have seen, where really nice and the tourguide has been really funny and helpful, so it was a good experience at least. :)

Very good day ! Really nice guide. We made some superb discoveries and the day was well paced. It is good to know that the pottery activity consists in attending a realization made by a professional. And not to do it yourself, as we understood. On the other hand, it would take less time in the monastery and more in the cave (which is beautiful!).

Perfect mix of scenery from monastery to museum to olive oil to pottery and cave. Even though we couldn’t make our pottery- upon request our guide was very helpful to request to have my son try it and experience it!