"WE DO LOCAL" ACTIONS
“We do local” is a business certification standard. Company wise, “We do local” fulfills the need to differentiate in substance and quality, as well as to support the economy and workforce of the local community. Customer wise, We do local fulfills the need to try a product offering the real experience of the visiting place, the locals, and the raw materials they produce. In addition, We do local fulfills the need to act sustainably and respect the environment.
Easter in Greece is considered to be the most important religious feast. The culmination of the religious celebrations take place during the Holy Week.
"WE DO LOCAL" DAY (every Tuesday)
Every Tuesday all the hotel's activities are inspired by the "We do local" philosophy, thus giving the guests the opportunity to live one day like Cretans and experience the customs and habits the locals have in their everyday life.
“We do local” Day includes an interactive cooking class and a Greek language lesson, while the little guests can enjoy a pleasant ride on Maritsa, the donkey of the Creta Maris farm. In the evening, a genuine Cretan feast with dances and songs is organized.
TRADITIONAL SHEEP SHEARING
Creta Maris Beach Resort offers all guests the opportunity to experience the local lifestyle through the traditional sheep shearing. Sheep shearing is a big celebration inextricably linked to the farming lifestyle of Crete. It is also called the "feast of sheep" and its purpose is to prevent sheep from overheating during the summer. It is one of the most exciting festivals that take place every year in early summer, where every farmer invites friends and relatives to help him in this difficult task. This tradition always finishes with a hearty feast.
Threshing: One of the most traditional Cretan customs takes place in Creta Maris Beach Resort, where the guests get to know and take part in Cretan tasks and traditions of the past. On the day of threshing, guests are also able to grind some grain using the traditional hand-operated millstone, produce some flour, which they then use to make bread. All attendees celebrate the end of that day, eating bread and the traditional dishes and appetizers the hotel prepares especially for the occasion.
Revival of one of the oldest Cretan customs, “Opsigias” (a construction of parallel rows of metal joined together by wires used for traditional production of raisins), a custom that tends to disappear in recent years. During this action, the participants transport grapes from the vineyard to a central location of the resort, where they perform the immerse “lousidiasma” of the grapes in a large bucket full of water and potash and then proceed to hang them in “opsigias”, where they remain hanged until they became raisins.
Revival of one of the oldest Cretan customs, “Xekilisma” (traditional grapes’ cleaning and raisins’ finish), a custom that tends to disappear in recent years.
Creta Maris Beach Resort organizes an interactive confectionery class on the preparation of "Soutzoukia" - a rich dessert, mainly consisting of nuts (half walnuts preferably), grape must with flour and a thin thread. During the interactive confectionery class participants learn first-hand the gourmet culture of the island by making one of the finest and most delicious Cretan desserts “Soutzoukia”, under the guidance of Mrs. Theano Metaxa, wife of the founder of the Metaxas Group, Nikolaos Metaxas.
During this action, the participants transport grapes from the vineyard to a central location of the resort, where they perform the immerse “lousidiasma” of the grapes in a large bucket full of water and potash and then proceed to hang them in “opsigias” (a construction of parallel rows of metal joined together by wires), where they remain hanged until they became raisins. At the end of the action the participants complete the authentic Cretan experience by tasting the famous Cretan Sultanina raisin, accompanied by aromatic tsikoudia from the Cretan vineyard, as well as by local dishes based on raisins.
Creta Maris Beach Resort organizes an interactive confectionery class on the preparation of "Sukopitarides" - small flattened balls of compressed dried figs. During the interactive confectionery class guests and employees gather in the resort’s gardens, where they collect the right figs and then bring them to the resort’s organic field, where perform the renowned recipe of one of the most traditional Cretan snack under the wise guidance of Mrs. Theano Metaxa.