“Panigiri” is a traditional festival orginized during summer months by the youth of each village celebrating the honorary day of a Saint of the Orthodox Church or a themed day honoring the special product of the area.

The cheerful vibe of these festivals is really exciting. Even if you don’t speak the languange, you will understand that this opportunity makes the villagers of all ages and the visitors come closer, as there are big tables, which people share randomly.

During the Panigiri there is always a band playing traditional Cretan music and people dancing are dancing till morning with the old, traditional songs of the island. You quicly understand that the locals are friendly and open to discuss with the visitors and probably offer you a dancing lesson on the stage.

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the traditional food, usually made by the females of the village, such as Gamopilafo or Kaltsounia.