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).
A charming place with a traditional character reminiscent of old buildings and Venetian houses adorned with geraniums and bougainvilleas, creating an attractive villagescape. Stroll through the small streets and let yourself be carried away into other decades.
In the village you will find bakers, butchers, mini markets, a restaurant and cafes. Vori is a place for whom yearn for relaxation and tranquility and want to experience the authentic Cretan life during their stay.
Cafes and taverns
In Vori there are small cafes in the whole village, but the two best are right on the Platia. A visit to Despina is almost a MUST, because here you will find delicious food, always interesting discussions and much information. Despina and her family speak fluent German and are happy to help! It also offers a great breakfast and lunch.
Manolis Kafenion has the typical Cretan atmosphere, you can quickly catch up with him and the guests. Here is Crete exactly as you would imagine!
There is only one tavern in the village, the Alekos, near the Pelagia church, not far from Platia. In winter you can sit comfortably inside by the fireplace and in summer enjoy the excellent Cretan cuisine in the garden.
During your stay you can visit the Ethnological Museum, which is housed in an old farm. The Ethnological Museum has even been awarded a European prize and here you will find ancient objects from many centuries from the everyday life of the villagers. These include simple household items, musical instruments, tools, carpets and weapons. The museum is one of the most beautiful of its kind on the 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.