The village on a mountainside above Ayios Nikolaos is renowned for its weaving tradition and its narrow lanes—wide enough for only a donkey to pass—that surround a large, shady town square filled with café tables that afford views down green valleys planted with olive trees to the sea. The woven tablecloths and other wares are hard to miss—villagers drape them over every usable service and hang them from storefronts and even trees. The lovely Byzantine church here,
the whitewashed Panayia Kera, has an unusual shape, with three naves supported by heavy triangular buttresses. Built in the early years of Venetian occupation, it contains some of the liveliest and best-preserved medieval frescoes on the island, painted in the 13th century.
Kritsa, Crete, 72051, Greece