One of the quirkiest festivals on the Cretan calendar is the annual chestnut festival. To mark the arrival of autumn, locals gather in Elos and enjoy a special day devoted to sweet and savoury delicacies using chestnuts as the main ingredient.
Holidaymakers are also welcomed and encouraged to join in a day of traditional local entertainment and it’s a chance to experience a taste of real Cretan culture hidden away from the usual tourist resorts.
The Chestnut Festival traditionally falls around October 15th and this year’s event will probably be around the same time, but we advise that you check the date of the event locally before you go.
Elos is a picturesque town in the southwest corner of Crete, locally known as Kastelli after the beautiful Venetian castle built there. Like most Cretan regions, the small town is steeped in history and culture. The town has a museum and mosaics dating back to Roman times.
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