Dancing in Crete like Zorba
What would it be like to experience luxurious and exquisite hospitality, without having to pay for it? Such hospitality does still exist, you know? There’s an island, quite unlike any other, the island where Zorba really did dance. Crete is where you’ll find a last bastion of genuine civility. When Hollywood learned of “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis, the making of the classic feature film starring Anthony Quinn became a foregone conclusion. But for the traveler intent on discovering real Mediterranean bliss today, Crete is best described by this quote by Kazantzakis:
“This is true happiness: to have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition. To live far from men, not to need them, and yet to love them. To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize all of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.”
Where to stay
St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is ideally situated in a privileged setting – overlooking the Mirabello Bay, and its private sandy beach is awarded with the Blue Flag of E.U. The Hotel is a perfect blend of traditional and modern architecture with a strong emphasis on privacy, intimacy and casual elegance. Mediterranean in character and in design, everything in this delightful resort exudes great class and impeccable taste. Extensive gardens, peaceful surroundings, seclusion, privacy and a home away from home ambiance with unmistakable Mediterranean flair. The St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is located just 1.5 km from Aghios Nikolaos small town in East Crete which is the top summer resort of Crete with many fashion shops, boutiques, jewelry shops, restaurants, bars with live ambiance for evening entertainment. With 25 Deluxe Suites with Private Pools and 42 different Suites and 40 Rooms is ideal for holidays of high standards and each guest receives personalized service which is feasible only in this size of hotel. Culinary options are great with five superb restaurants to choose from different cuisine from Greek, Cretan, Mediterranean, French, Sushi Japanese, Asian and International.
Beaches, History, and More
Now we’ve introduced you again to the imagery of Zorba and the line; “teach me to dance,” made famous by the film. The allusion here, of a place where life is really the joy of dancing, this is but one reason to be enveloped in Cretan hospitality. Others exist, such as regressing to the time of Europe’s most advanced Bronze Age civilization, the time when the Minoans ruled the seas. But before you visit Crete, and you will, rest assured, a basic introduction is needed.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. As I’ve noted, the island was home to the most advanced civilization of the ancient Europe, the mysterious Minoans some say were really Atlanteans. This marvelous island, imbued with such a varied landscape, is a world within a world, at once wild and untamed, and at the same time civil and immeasurably hospitable. From the windmills of the Lasithi Plateau, to the Venetian harbor at Chania, the grandeur of the place is really awe inspiring.
There’s no dichotomy about Crete. At once we see the fabulous palace of King Minos, the Palace at Knossos, then 5 kilometers in the hills we come across a speck of a traditional village, poor in everything except heart and kindness. To the west there are Europe’s most photographed beaches, and to the east hilltop fortresses, endless groves of olive and citrus trees, and the rocky shores of unimagined hideaways. But the geography is the least of Crete’s treasures.
Filoxenia: For the Love of People
We told you Crete was magic but that magic does not reside only in the cave where mighty Zeus was born. The people here make one want to dance like Zorba. Cretans are uncannily friendly, from one end of the island to the other. The locals they are proud too, proud of this “Filoxenia,” or love of foreigners. But just courtesy and friendliness, this simply does not encapsulate what you’ll experience on your first visit to Crete. If you will have the opportunity to venture off the beaten path and see the village life and feel Crete like the Cretans, you will have the chance to discover a different luxuriousness and a five star hospitality, in a place where someone delivers fresh eggs every morning, without so much as being asked to. You see villagers in Crete, they don’t covet the same things the world does. To understand, you simply have to go there. If you’ll imagine a bottle of the local spirit Raki, appearing from nowhere, or a basket of oranges, a smile that lights up the whole day, the things money simply cannot buy, then you’ll easily envision Zorba’s Crete.
The Price for Zorba’s Crete
Some reading this may be lost. Maybe you’d like me to tell you about a pristine beach not 400 meters away? Or you may want to know the world’s oldest olive tree, some say 12.000 years old, it’s right down the road too. Balos Lagoon, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent their honeymoon, why it’s only a few km up the coast! Oh, you want to know about the Cretan diet? You’ve heard of longevity here? Well, all that’s part of Crete too. Only not the best part. Snowcapped mountains, Minoan princesses at secluded bays, waterfalls or whales, there’s all that too. But you know what else? As we wrote above, the people here make one want to dance like Zorba! Because we can fly in personal jet to Bali, book the most extravagant passage on the Queen Elizabeth or buy an island if we can afford it but we can’t pay to make Zorba dance. Zorba dances to live.