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Off the beaten track: a Fruity Festival

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One of the fruitiest, juiciest festivals of the world is about to take off again, so if you’ve got a sweet tooth and don’t have any plans yet, check out our last minute flights to Crete now! Every year in August, the inhabitants of the seaside city Sitia host the traditional Sultana Festival.

The white, seedless Sultana grape and its dried version are Crete’s most famous local produces, and they are used in many Greek dishes. Visitors of the festival can learn everything there is to know about the production of Sultana raisins, and they can try many Sultana-inspired delicacies in most restaurants on the island. Other popular ingredients in Cretan cuisine are goat’s cheese, pork and olive bread. At the heart of the festival are the traditional Cretan dances in the main square of Sitia.

This ancient city in the far east of Crete has not experienced the effects of mass tourism yet, which makes it the perfect place to get away from everything and relax with your loved ones. Sitia has a long, beautiful beach along the road leading to the extremely popular palm beach of Vai. Sitia is also located near many archaeological sites including architectural remains that date back to the end of the Neolithic period (3000 BC) and continue throughout the Bronze Age (3000-1050 BC). If you’re interested in the history of Crete, the Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum in Sitia are worth a visit.

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