CRETAN MUSIC WORKSHOP IN THE HEART OF CRETE Enjoy the music, the dances and the nature of the hinterland of Rethymnon

Cretan music is a traditional folk music that combines poetry, singing, dancing and playing. An old music tradition affected by the presence of the numerous different rulers of the island throughout the centuries. In this workshop you will learn about the history of Cretan music from the beginning of 20th century till today, listen to live Cretan music and, those who want, can also learn how to dance its steps in the beautiful Margarites Gorge.


  • Introduction to the Cretan folk music by two local musicians specialising in the genre
  • Learning the basic steps of the traditional dances
  • Visiting a traditional village pottery village and walking in its narrow streets
  • Small trek into the gorge
  • Lunch at a local traditional tavern



  • Arrival at the village of Margarites. 30 minute-tour in the narrow streets of Margarites with the Venetian architecture and the beautiful medieval churches.
  • Visit a pottery shop in the village and learn how pots are made by a local potter. (Pottery was the main income for the village from the beginning of the 20th century). Estimated time: 40'. (Optional part according to the travellers' interest to do this visit. as well as to seasonal timetables)
  • Walk down the beautiful Gorge of Margarites. Enjoy the route inside the forest and sit under the high plane trees. 15’ walk. There you will have a delicious local treat and the music and dance workshop will take place! Estimated time: 2:30 hours. (Optional part according to the travellers' interest to do the hike.)
  • Return into the village and have lunch with the musicians ta local traditional tavern.


The price includes:

  • Two experienced Cretan musicians contributing to the research on the traditional music
  • Snack
  • Lunch at a local traditional tavern
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transfer from and to your accommodation (upon request, at an extra cost)
  • Dance teacher (upon request, at an extra cost)
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion.
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses (for the summer season) │ Walking shoes | Small rucksack with your personal items
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Dates: All year round.
Note: With at least 3 days' notice
Location: Margarites village
Difficulty: None
Languages: English, French
Note: For more languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, upon request, with a supplements




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