Welcome to the village of arts & crafts...
Verekinthos is the mountain where, according to an ancient tradition, Idaioi Daktiloi, sons of Zeus and protectors of the Arts, once lived and were worshiped. They came to this mountain to teach age-old arts to men, such as Metallurgy, Pottery, Glassworks and Weaving.
In keeping with the long tradition of craftsmanship in our region, we have created the Arts and crafts village “Verekinthos”. Verekinthos is a model environment for reviving and sustaining the arts which have been always an integral part of Cretan life and culture. Arts and crafts village “Verekinthos” stands between Souda and Tsikalaria, at the eastern gate of Chania. At this same place there were many workshops producing pots (tsikalia), giving thus the name to the town. They are some objects that bear witness to the village’s tradition in pottery and other works, such as the old kilns, where potters used to bake their products.
Today, in the very same place we run silversmith’s and goldsmith’s as well workshops for ceramics, sculpture, glass making, hagiography, painting, masks, mosaic, leather, decorative objects and traditional Cretan knifes. Anybody can visit Arts and crafts village “Verekinthos” from 10.00-14.00 and