It was a wedding that brought me to the small, costal beach town, Agia Pelagia, located 20 KM west of Heraklion. It was in Agia Pelagia where I experienced the hospitality Crete is known for. It was here that I met raki (More on that later).
On my first evening here, I was invited to the groom's family home for a rehearsal dinner. Immediately upon my arrival, I was offered food, good conversation, homemade wine and raki. In case you are not familiar with raki, it is "a sweetened, often anise-flavoured, alcoholic drink" popular in Greece with an alcohol volume of 40-50%. It was a good party.
It seemed as though everyone in the groom's village attended the dinner and were helping the family host. As I looked around, all of the neighbours were either serving, clearing and cleaning dishes; pouring raki; or playing an instrument. I was blown away by their sense of community.
After dinner, the bride and groom rented out Almyra, a restaurant for a party back on the beach. Almyra was an excellent venue for a large event with delicious food, drinks, good music and the sand and sea as a backdrop. As the night carried on, one guest learned she had left her cell phone in the cab down to Almyra (Raki was blamed). Hospitality was shown once again when the cab driver was called: He located the phone and then returned 2 hours later to personally deliver it to its owner.
In between the wedding ceremony, reception and events, guest enjoyed a few days on the beach and in the shops, restaurants and cafes of beautiful Agia Pelagia.
The view from Iridia Hotel Apartments
Agia Pelagia Beach
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