Apart from Cretans, most visitors ignore that the snowy peaks of the Cretan mountains in winter are ideal for snow sports. All mountaineering clubs on the island organize courses and training sessions related to snow mountaineering, especially in the ranges of White Mountains, Psiloritis and Dikti. Mountaineering is usually combined with a stay in one of the many mountain shelters on the island. Shelters are maintained by the mountaineering clubs on the island and they can host mountaineers upon arrangement with these clubs.

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Ski mountaineering, an exciting winter sport that combines trekking on snow-covered surfaces with skiing, attracts an increasing number of fans in Crete. Many Cretans tend to climb up the whitewashed mountains and descend slopes on skis or snowboard. Psiloritis and Lefka Ori are considered ideal for ski mountaineering, while Dikti range has also some places to visit.

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In the rugged terrain of Crete, rivers meet large faults and steep descents during their course through the canyons, forming hundreds of small and high waterfalls.

Crossing gorges of Crete with high waterfalls is possible only by using technical equipment. Appropriate training in canyoneering techniques can be offered by specialist companies on the island.

The most popular technical canyons of Crete include the imposing gorge Ha, Tsoutsouras, Kalami, the gorge of Arvi (which after an 80m high fall turns into a dark underground river) and many more.

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The rugged terrain of Crete is a paradise for lovers of off-road exploration. Cycling in dirt tracks, on the edge of steep slopes with breathtaking sea views, is a unique experience.

Cycling, either off-road or on asphalt-paved roads, is a wonderful way to explore the hinterland. Many companies and cycling clubs operate in this sector. The Cycling Tour of Crete is one of the most famous cycling events and attracts many visitors from all over the globe.

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The centre of Minoan civilisation and capital of Minoan Crete lay 15km north of Selena.

Knossos flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave and tholos tombs. As a major centre of trade and the economy, Knossos maintained ties with the majority of cities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Wealth accumulation and the advancement of an urban lifestyle were the hallmarks of this zenith, which began circa 2000 BC and was typified by magnificent monumental buildings and a complex social structure.



The island of Crete is one of those places in Greece where you will taste memorable wines that will offer new thrills to your palate. “And wine that maketh glad the heart of man…” is what our ancestors used to say and this place is the right one to prove it true! If you’re interested in wine tourism or agrotourism, the options you have are many indeed.


Peskesi Restaurant is an effort to discover the secrets and enjoy the benefits of the Cretan Diet. Our cuisine is based on pure and natural products of the Cretan land and our aim is to highlight the traditional Cretan aromas and flavors that have been forgotten.

Peskesi is located in the center of Heraklion city and it is 20 km far from Selena.




The Olive & Mint restaurant is a welcoming place, which has heartily welcomed the good food lovers since 2006 and a properly designed space to exhale intimacy and luxury. Its aim is to offer tasty combinations, brightened with the richness and the variety of the Cretan cuisine.

Olive and Mint is located in Skalani village and it is 10 km far from Selena.

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