Where can you find a piece of pristine Crete, true village life and pure Greek hospitality? In Vori!
The small, authentic village is just a few kilometers from the famous archaeological site of Phaistos and has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The Ida mountains and olive groves extend around the slightly higher village and conjure up a relaxing atmosphere. The place, like many villages on Crete, is divided into two parts. The older Katochori (Greek = lower village) and the north Panochori (Greek = upper village).
Quite typical of the country you will also find in Vori a small marketplace, surrounded by cafes and taverns. There, residents of the village romp around at almost any time of the day to enjoy a little rest. There is also a small selection of grocery stores, a greengrocer, a bakery, an ouzeria and a highly recommended butcher shop. Most inhabitants of Vori work either in agriculture or in the nearby tourist villages, such as Agia Galini, Matala or Kalamaki.
In Vori there are two worthwhile sights. The ethnological museum, which is located on an old farm and the church of Agios Ioannis, which was built in the 12th century and is located in the old district.
The ethnological museum has even been awarded a European prize and you will find ancient objects of many centuries from the daily life of the villagers. Including simple household items, musical instruments, tools, carpets and weapons.The museum is one of the most beautiful of its kind on the whole island.
In addition, Vori hosts an agricultural exhibition every two years, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the region. In short, this charming village is definitely worth a visit.
If you would like to immerse yourself in a typical Cretan village life to spend your holidays, there are also possibilities in Vori. There are no hotels but a selected number of private accommodations available for rent during the summer and winter months. For example this beautiful, traditional stone house, Villa Sior Nikoletos or the Villa Vigles, with huge garden and infinity pool.