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A Cretan gem with an artistic past

Although its links with a world-famous artist have put Fodele firmly on the map, this charming Cretan village has plenty more going for it than that. Believed to be the birthplace of the Renaissance painter El Greco (whose real name was Doménikos Theotokópoulos), Fodele is a small, cosy village that’s surrounded by lush greenery and features picture-perfect orange and lemon trees lining its streets.

Fodele holidays aren’t just about the visuals, though, with a scattering of friendly tavernas making it the perfect place to take a deep dive into traditional Cretan food, too. Add to that a clutch of pretty churches and monasteries, a museum dedicated to El Greco and a number of great beaches with wide stretches of sand, and it all combines to make holidays to Fodele perfect for anyone who’s seeking a relaxing break within lush and gorgeous surroundings.

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Your Fodele questions, answered

Popular with tourists and locals alike, Fodele’s main beach is well worth a visit – it’s clean, family-friendly and features a wide choice of restaurants and cafés.
Local specialities, including cheese pies, ‘loukoumades’ (small honeyed doughnuts) and moussaka are must-tries and are widely available. And don’t skimp on the world-class olive oil, either.
Although it’s warmest from June to August, when temperatures reach 29°C, Fodele is pleasantly temperate all year round. Low season falls between December and February.

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