The honeybee is one of the oldest and most important beings in wildlife. It plays an essential part in maintaining ecological balance in our environment.
As visitors of our beehive garden at Polemarhi village, you will take part in a beehive tour.
After donning the provided beekeeper’s hat and veil, we’ll inspect a beehive and see the worker bees, drones, brood, pollen and perhaps Queen Bee (mother) herself. We will taste honey straight from the honeycomb.
Then we will welcome you into our home and taste honey the way it is eaten in Crete: the delicacies include Cretan mountain tea, bee pollen, pasteli (honey, nuts and sesame bar) and rakomelo (honey spirits) of our own production, as well as nuts and local gruyere cheese with rusk – all served with honey. We will discuss the nutritional value of honey and bee pollen, the integral position of the beehive in the ecosystem for the last 110 million years, their reducing numbers worldwide, how current economic systems contribute to that threat, and much more.
Finally we will visit our apiary and approach the process of honey extraction.
If you wish, you can purchase honey and bee pollen to take home.
The daily tour offered begins at 10.00 and lasts 2 hours. We arrange the tour on request, so please contact us to do this. Please wear long sleeves and long trousers (if you have none, we can provide beekeeper overalls), and closed footwear.
Price per person: €25, children 7 – 14 years old: €15