Váï For an exotic Caribbean vibe – this is where Mars’s “taste of paradise” Bounty bar advert was filmed in the early 1970s. Also known as Finikodassos (Palm Forest), this gently curving golden sand beach is backed by Europe’s largest natural palm grove – some 500 densely clustered trees in an oasis fed by a…

Mikró ýpno (siesta, 3–5:30pm) is legally mandated quiet time. Dress code is casual, but shorts on men except near the beach is infra dig. Local driving habits leave much to be desired – beware especially of people emerging from side-roads without stopping, trundling down the middle of the road and reckless overtaking. The coastal ‘motorway’…

The barber’s trade has a long history: razors have been found among relics of the Bronze Age (around 3500 BC) in Egypt. In ancient Egyptian culture, barbers were highly respected individuals. Priests and men of medicine are the earliest recorded examples of barbers.[citation needed] Men in Ancient Greece would have their beards, hair, and fingernails…

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n insider’s guide to Crete, featuring the island’s best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, attractions and things to do, including how to travel there and around. By Marc Dubin, Telegraph Travel’s Crete expert. Click on the tabs below for the best places to stay, eat and drink, including the best things to do and what to…

Crete has figured prominently in the revival in Greek cuisine, drawing on such local ingredients as flavoured rusks, fresh or cured meats, wild edible weeds and of course rakí or tsikoudiá, the famous local distilled clear spirits made from grape pressings in October.

Town-centre bars and dance clubs on Crete often take full advantage of its considerable Venetian heritage, specifically vaulted or arcaded ex-warehouses or shipbuilding factories. Other venues tend to be out of town on beach strips, and these may begin operating shortly after (or even before) noon. Be aware that many outfits have gone bust of late,…