Chania sardine festival hit.
Holiday visitors to Crete island will find sardines on the menu when the 17th Sardine Festival gets under way in Chania this week. Grilled sardines are served up for free on the beach of Nea Chora on Monday, September 5 along with Cretan wine to kick off the popular holiday event.
The 'Feast of Sardines' is as popular with Chania holiday visitors as it is with locals and has now become a social institution.
Crete has a long sardine fishing tradition and it is celebrated each year in early September by the town of Chania with a festival on the city's Nea Chora beach, just a short walk from the Old Town.
Nea Chora is a very fine beach, close to the city with soft gold sand and, if you are lucky, a really good sunset. Several good quality fish tavernas are strung along the back of the beach and they serve up grilled sardines.
Food and drink would not be served in Greece without plenty of music and dancing and there is a rich music and dance programme to keep the celebration in full swing.
"This event, which has established itself as an institution to Chania and New Town, aims to highlight the beauties and problems of the district and of course fish and sardines in particular, a better and healthier diet," said a spokesman.
The capital of Crete until 1971, Chania, is one of Crete's most charming cities and, for many, its best-loved. It has a splendid harbour area and the city centre is a wonderful mix of Turkish and Venetian architecture.