Vlacheronitissa

Vlacheronitissa is located 20 km from the center of Chania, to the west, in the area of Platanias. Its inhabitants are mainly occupied in the cultivation of olive trees and grapevines, for the production of wine and raki, the traditional Cretan drink.

This is the village with the eleven feasts and festivals, where you will definitely discover and experience the Cretan hospitality!

The designation Vlacheronitissa is strongly connected to the Notre (Panagia, Virgin Mary) of Vlachernon. According to tradition, after the fall of Constantinople (29 May 1453), one of those who survived, took with him the sacred image and brought it to this place, where he hid it in a field.

At Vlacheronitissa, there is the “Hill 107”, where the German invaders threw powerful forces of paratroopers during the Second World War, in order to occupy the airport of Maleme and then be able to conquer Crete.

Over this hill, near which the church of Saints Constantine and Helen was built, there is also now a wooden cross in memory of those killed in the fierce battles. At Vlacheronitissa there are the ruins of the underground German telephone center.

At Vlacheronitissa, visitors can see traditional aspects of rural life, such as the harvest in September and the feast of “rakokazana”, meaning the cauldrons in which raki is boiled, ie the preparation and production of the traditional raki (the traditional Cretan drink), ​​in late October.

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