Visit Dafnes, a village famous for the production of wine and olive oil since the 13th century. Follow the route to St. Ioannis Prodromos, relax in the shade of the adjacent giant Cretan oak tree and then visit one of the province’s largest and most beautiful fountains at Kavousi. Cool off at Tsigounis spring and cross the old bridge that connects the riverbanks. Travel to the past, meeting one of the last farriers of Crete and watch him up close practicing his profession. Try the famous wine of the area and accompany it with “ofto” (=meat cooked in the wood-fired oven) in one of the taverns of the area. In fact, if you want to gain a special experience, visit one of the nearby wineries, see how the wine is produced and give over to its taste. The famous wine festival organized every year, as well as the annual celebration of the Three Children on September should definitely be included in your program!!!
Walk towards the west side of the village, close to the church of St. Ioannis Prodromos, in the area of Kavousi, and you will find one of the most beautiful fountains in the area. The fountain is built from white limestone and dressed stones; a cross is engraved on the top of it. It had laundry basins and, in addition to the main spout, it also had a side spout suitable for the excess water. In the past, the inhabitants used pitchers to carry water from the fountain for the needs of their household, while the women went and washed their clothes there, giving the washing process a social dimension.
Varouchas Kokotos’ Estate
Between the vast vineyards and a truly magnificent landscape, you will find a restored mansion. The outdoor areas are formed on three different levels, offering unobstructed views, while inside you will have the opportunity to see a cellar full of wine barrels, as well as an old stone press.
Traditional Building “Arodamos”
Visit the traditional building “Arodamos”, made of stone and wood and perfectly harmonized with the natural environment of the area. The building has a tavern that serves dishes based on traditional Cretan recipes, which are always accompanied by local wine.
Wander the picturesque alleys of the village and visit the building of the old Factory. The building has been restored and is currently being used by the cultural association of the village; it preserves several elements from the architecture of the past, such as arched doors and windows, stone details, etc.
Temple of The Cincture of the Virgin Mary and St. Nikolaos
Visit in the village square the two-aisled old church of The Cincture of the Virgin Mary (Greek: Agia Zoni) and St. Nikolaos, where a piece of the Cincture is kept. During the Cretan revolution (1866-1869), the village was looted and the church burned down. The craftsman and architect, Petros I. Haniotakis undertook its remodelling, creating two bridges on the south wall, connecting the aisle of St. Nikolaos with that of The Holy Girdle. Admire the beautiful three-storied bell tower and the buttresses in the corners of the now single church that stand out for their architecture and visit the worshiping cave of St. Anna located adjacently. According to local tradition, the cave used to communicate with the temple of The Holy Cincture.
Temple of St. Anna
Visit the cave of St. Anna, which is located next to the church of The Cincture of the Virgin Mary and St. Nikolaos in the village square. According to local tradition, in the past the worshiping cave used to communicate with the temple of the The Holy Cincture.
Try traditional dishes cooked with virgin olive oil produced in the area and stands out for its nutrients and taste. Also, do not forget to visit one of the four wineries in the area that process the rich harvests of the vineyards, keeping alive the reputation for the quality of the “wine of Dafnes” and live a unique experience!
COTTAGE INDUSTRY-TRADITIONAL OCCUPATIONS
Browse the picturesque alleys of the village and discover traditional aspects of everyday life that will take you back in time! Visit one of the last farriers of Crete and see up close how the horseshoes are made and fitted on horses or donkeys. Meet religious iconographers, soap makers and traditional instrument makers, ask about their art and products and of course, if you want, get some of them!