Arts & Crafts Village
Verekinthos is the mountain where, according to mythology, 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.
Today, the ancient name of this mountain emerges once again and takes its place in the same site.
The above-mentioned age-old arts have been called up to take the place they deserve in people’s life.
Reserving the long tradition of craftsmanship in our region, we have created the Arts and crafts village “Verekinthos”, a model environment for reviving and sustaining the arts.
Verekinthos is a village 8 km distance from the city center of Chania. It was built in 1999 due to the efforts of the official association of artists and craftsmen of Chania, in synergy with the National Organisation of Support Low-Middle Processing Businesses and EU. It was a long process that took 15 years from the idea to the building to be fulfilled. After a while buildings were bought by the craftsmen and artists.
Some of them are now retired or moved to other locations, renting or selling their properties to other artists.
Verekinthos village gives space to a lot of possibilities to be fulfilled. It is an innovative idea in action that aims to be a place of gathering. Through proximity and community building a lot of dynamics arises.
Currently 18 workshops are hosted at our village maintaining and promoting traditional arts and crafts.
The visitor can find workshops for ceramics, silver and goldsmith, sculpture, glass making, painting, leather, sewing, fabric and textile applications, wood working and traditional musical instruments.
Ceramics and sewing classes and seminars are given through the year or customized for one or more times.
Most of the workshops are open from 10 am to 2 pm for weekdays and Saturdays and
some of them continue from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.
Classes of pottery, ceramics and sewing are offered through the year to kids and adults.
Private classes to travelers are also offered.
Contact us to get more information about the current classes.