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Cretan herbs are your allies…

Oh lovely herbs! Right ingredients and right products, could actually gain a lot of health benefits….

The common sense conclusion is that herbal remedies can be the perfect choice for mild, long-term complaints 🙂

Hot or cold, the choise is yours…

cold tea

Let ‘s see some of their benefits

  1. Anti-ageing

Antioxidants found in herbs, helps in slowing down the ageing process. They also prevent free radical damage and restores the age of your cells in the body. This makes your skin look flawless and younger.

2. Aids in digestion

A cup of herbal tea after meals helps in digesting your food easily. Herbal tea is rich in spearmint that smoothens the digestive system and acts as an appetite suppressant, reducing the urge to overeat.

3. Weight loss

Herbal tea rich in functional ingredients like lemongrass, help you to burn fats and also helps in boosting metabolism.

As mentioned before, there are many herbs that can be used for medicinal purposes. The following are a few more:

  • Peppermint or dill for indigestion
  • Chamomile for insomnia
  • Lemon balm for headaches and tension
  • Rosemary for halitosis (bad breath) and to improve concentration
  • Thyme, sage, bay leaves, and rosemary to prevent stomach upset

Now you know..it’s the time to visit www.cretaneshop.gr & to choose great quality of herbs!

malotira tea

Let’s draw us!

Every time a guest “feed” us with a comment, a smile or a drawing, one of our most important goals is achieved!

Loyalty to our guests returns to us, in the most beautiful way. Our aim is to provide an integrated experience (cultural, social, taste) to every visitor who trusts us…

And in this case, we have done it well! Thank you, Anita for your wonderful work.

Anita’s drawing

* A wonderful “capture” of our swimming pool

Κάθε Κυριακή μεσημέρι ο Νικόλας Σακαβέλης στον Αρόλιθο!

Οι Κυριακές είναι φτιαγμένες για καλές παρέες, για συζητήσεις για γλέντια και όλα αυτά για να μας δίνουν δύναμη για την αρχή της βδομάδας! Τι καλύτερο από ένα μεσημέρι, στη εξοχή, μέσα στη φύση και φυσικά δίπλα στο Ηράκλειο;

Η δική μας πρόταση για τις Κυριακές σας, είναι η μουσική του Νικόλα Σακαβέλη και το παραδοσιακό φαγητό της ταβέρνας Δελφύς στον Αρόλιθο!

Οι Κυριακές στον Αρόλιθο

Οι Κυριακές στον Αρόλιθο

Γιατί οι καλές παρέες γράφουν τη δική τους ιστορία….

Επικοινωνήστε μαζί μας για οποιαδήποτε διευκρίνηση : info@arolithos.com 2810-821050


Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Let’s try this amazing recipe! Our favorite chicken, with some different touches…

Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!


A whole chicken, cut into small pieces


Chicken marinade

1 tablespoon grated lavender

4 tablespoons of extra vergin olive oil

4 tablespoons honey

juice of 1 lemon



Mix well all the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Place the chicken in a baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot with fried potatoes or wild rice!

Bon Appétit!

In our online store, you can find great quality of extra virgin olive oil, honey and cretan herbs.

Visit www.cretaneshop.gr and for any information contact us: 0030-2810821050 or eshop@arolithos.com


Crete, Greece, Easter Celebrations, Μαγειρίτσα, Αρνί , πασχαλινό μενού

Πάσχα στον Αρόλιθο! Easter at Arolithos!

Κάθε χρόνο γιορτάζουμε το χριστιανικό Πάσχα στον Αρόλιθο, με βάση τα πατροπαράδοτα ήθη και έθιμα! Ιδανικός χώρος για οικογένειες, μιας και δεν υπάρχουν αυτοκίνητα ή βεγγαλικά 😉

εορταστικο τριήμερο Συνέχεια

New season starts! Our first traditional greek night! Wednesday 10 April!

A new summer season starts and we introduce you, our authentic Greek Night! A special show with live music, local dancers and typical dinner with unlimited wine! βραδια

From 10/04 until mid-October

Every Wednesday at 20:00.  For 2 hours and 30 min. An open event for several tour operators and nationalities!


Enjoy music &  dances from Crete, islands of Greece and general Greece!

Taste traditional recipes with local products!


Discover a Museum and Village Tour! 

μουσειο μεσα σπιτι

παραδοσιακα σπίτια 1 αρόλιθος

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Do not miss the chance to be there!

Ask your travel agent or book directly!

Reservations:  2810 821050   info@arolithos.com

Official Website: www.arolithos.com

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Loukoumia (Cretan Delights)

A delicious recipe! Try it at home 🙂


1/2 kg of sugar

1/2 liter of water

a few drops of lemon juice

40 g gelatine

a few drops of pastry color

little rose water

200 g powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons of cornflaur


Mix the sugar with water and lemon in a deep saucepan and boil in a low heat to make syrup. Make gelatine according to the instructions of the package and add it to the syrup together with the rose water and the color.

Pour the mixture into a square baking pan which has a height of up to 2 or 2.5 cm at most. Let it all night long.

The next day, cut into cubes (loukoumia) and pass the pieces of icing sugar mixed with little corn flour. If we want our loukoumia to have nuts ( almonds), put them on the baking pan before the syrup mix.

 Good luck!

 If you want, you can visit www.cretaneshop.gr to find excellent quality of Cretan Delights!




Ηomemade halva with sesame, tahini & honey!

An amazing and healthy recipe! Cook a delicious dessert, for you and your family with minimal effort! Lets go! 🙂

χαλβάς με σουσάμι, ταχίνι & μέλι

halva with sesame, tahini & honey


1 ½ cup Sesame

3 to 4 tablespoons tahini

¾ cup honey

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cocoa


Mix in a deep dish well all the ingredients to be homogenized.

We divide our halva into two parts. In one place add the cocoa and knead the halva to incorporate the cocoa. If we want we can add some more honey to the cocoa halva.

In a small cake form (long or round, we put the halva and press it with the fingers to take the form)

We can lay it first and over it with cocoa.

Put for an hour in the refrigerator. Serve it in small pieces with cinnamon or nuts.

Bon Appétit!



Halva with tahini, chocolate and almonds! An amazing recipe!

An amazing recipe to prepare a delicious greek dessert!


Sugar 260 gr

10 g glucose

450 g tahini

80 g chocolate couverture finely chopped

1 vanilla


In a saucepan, put the sugar together with a spoonful of water and start stirring continuously. When preparing tahini halva we need attention in grams of material.

Then add glucose. Stir with a wire constantly to prepare the mixture of caramel.

Caramel is ready when it gets a dark brown color. We do not stop to mix because the sugar can stick to the pot.

In a bass we’ve thrown the tahini. Add vanilla and chocolate. We prepare this shortly before the caramel mixture is completed.

When the caramel is ready it starts the most important step. Wearing the special glove, add carefully (because the caramel is at high temperature) the caramel in the mixture with the tahini.

The mixture of caramel is added gradually and not all with the first attempt. Pour the caramel mixture in 2 successive phases, stirring constantly.

When we have finished adding the caramel to the tahini mix, we mix cyclically until the two blends are joined and all the halva materials are united .

Our halva is ready when all the ingredients are homogenized and when we lift the materials of the halva with tahini they are not scattered. All materials must be bonded.

Pour the halva into a bowl and give to halva the shape we want.

Let the halva cool down for 20-30 minutes. Depending on how ‘’hard’’we want to be the halva, we can leave it for longer. We turn around very carefully.

  If you want, you can visit www.cretaneshop.gr to find excellent quality of Halva!














Recipe for homemade tsikoudia

We can make tsikoudia in our house as long as there is appetite and passion for creation!


We need

Grapes ripe and clean, the more sweet grapes the more tsikoudia will give.

Plastic containers, open from top and closed with lid.

Ambuka, retriever (we can find a shop with agricultural supplies but we can also make ourselves with an old pressure cooker).

Alcohol  measurement  track.

And we begin:

 Step 1

We clean the grapes from any rotten

 Step 2

We push the grapes to the same degree that the berries break and put them in the pot.

Allow 20-30 cm of vacuum from the top to avoid overflowing with boiling.

Lay up clean and washed blocks and clean them with clean and washed stones or marbles. (no metals)

Cover the container without storing it for the boil fumes to escape.

We check it every day.

 Step 3

After 20-30 days of boiling, the sugars have been converted into alcohol, we set the retort.

 Put the grapes in the retort mixed with the juice, seal it and boil it on medium heat.

Once boiled, lower the heat to make distillation slowly.

We check the container with the water that passes the spiral with the steam, always be cold and refresh it to make the liquefaction complete.

We start collecting raki that is 25-28-30 degrees. This depends on how sweet the grapes were, raki will start with high points.

As the distillation progresses, the grades are lowered, they will go down to 15-14-13 until ‘’water’’ runs. So we put the raki together in a pot and we measure it at intervals and when we see that it has around 18-19 degrees we stop distilling.


However, the easiest way to drink raki, is to visit www.cretaneshop.gr to buy the best quality!

Haraki by Patsakis

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