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The Shepherd’s Shelter

Built with our own hands, this traditional stone-built Shepherd Shelter (Mitato) is located at 848m at a slope of the renowned Psiloritis mount. In this welcoming Shepherd Shelter, we are ready to share with you our passion for the distinct Cretan traditions and lifestyle. The visit to the Shepherd’s Shelter offers a life-time experience to every visitor. Depending on the season, you have the unique opportunity to view the sheep milking, join the cheese-making, experience the sheep-shearing or participate in the fiesta of raki distillation. Join us in herbs collection and traditional cooking and indulge yourself with the local delicacies and wine we offer. Want to have more stunning pictures from your holiday in Crete and memorable experiences to talk about? Visit us in the Shepherd’s Shelter and live like a Cretan for one day!

Experience the Shepherd’s Shelter with Greentour

Greentour is local ecotourism tour operator which aspires to in from a broader public about the area of Psiloritis Natural Park. With s focus on the environment, the local people and local economy, greentour plays an active role in the conservation of natural and heritage, through innovative Ecotourism programs.  

Activities

All year round activities at the Shepherd’s Shelter

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Milking & Cheesemaking

JANUARY UNTIL SEPTEMBER

Graviera, Myzithra and Anthotyro are some of the famous traditional dairy products.

Graviera cheese matures in 60 days to the consistency of Gruyere. The Ricotta-like Myzithra is served warm with honey.

Hiking the Shepherd’s trails

ALL YEAR ROUND

Trails through endemic phrygana, maple and oak forests, old terraces and mitata (shepherds’ houses) are connected with the shelter. The programs are suitable for all kinds of walkers.

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Endemic flora & fauna

ALL YEAR ROUND
with particular interest from April to July

Trails through endemic phrygana, maple and oak forests, old terraces and mitata (shepherds’ houses) are connected with the shelter. The programs are suitable for all kinds of walkers.

Seasonal traditional workshops

ALL YEAR ROUND

Depending on the season, you are welcome to join us in workshops for small groups, such as growing vegetables and mountainous herds, as well as cooking Cretan recipes. In early spring join us in the vineyard, preparing next year’s crop. Sheep shearing can be both entertaining and laborious. As the heat rises, the hair has to fall. In autumn, some of the year’s most recreative evenings take place at a kazani (tsikoudia distillery).

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Traditional Threshing

JULY – AUGUST

At an open spot we built the threshing floor where threshing, a traditional technique for grain separation, takes place.

Traditional tsikoudia distillery

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER

A few weeks after grape harvesting, the remaining grape skins are ready to turn into raki. We gather around the pot still with good company, cretan mezes and, of course, freshly made raki.

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Location

The Shepherd’s Shelter
Andreas Kokkinos
Phone: +3069 7745 1238
Email: spitivoskou@gmail.com
Krana, Psiloritis mountain

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