Greek Crisis & the New Greek Mythology [Interview with Guy Vayens & Rita De Vijlder from Belgium]

Recently there has been a lot of unfair and negative publicity about Greece and its people.  We believe that we are friendly, peaceful, family oriented, hardworking, relatively low paid, taxpaying citizens unfairly labeled with stereotypes easily handed out to Greeks today by the international media.  But let’s see what other people believe about us and our country.  These are the people that have chosen to move to Greece from their home countries in order to improve the quality of their lives.

We asked them a few simple questions and waited for their honest replies.  Let’s see what they have stated in favor of or against the “New Greek Myths” written by the international media. 

Guy Vayens & Rita De Vijlder, Valley Rise No 8, Darmarochori, Kolimbari, Chania, Crete.

19 March 2012  

So, we are from Belgium.

The first time on tour in Crete (in 2002) and we were immediately in love with the country and its people. We felt just at home.

The more we went to Crete, the more in love we were.

We decided to look for houses and prices, not intend to buy something immediately but within a few years.  But we saw a house of Minoan Homes (in Kolymbari) and it was directly our dream, in terms of location, size and price and neighbours! 

So we bought our dream house (in 2010).

Now we have a dream to work for and we hope as soon as possible to move! And now we are very interest in everything about Greece.  

Our dream is not changed! For us it is still a great country with the incredible dear people!!! Even now!!!



Myth No. 1:  “Greeks are lazy.  They just lie on their beaches.”  What do you think? 

Not true! Maybe they work a little bit slower but that comes through the hot weather.

Myth No. 2:  “Greeks are corrupted.”  What do you think?

Maybe some, but that is everywhere, certainly not the ordinary people.

Myth No.3:  “Greeks are receiving high salaries X 14.”  What do you think? 

Not true! Their salaries are about one third less than us (Belgium).

Myth No. 4:  “Greeks are retired when they reach the age of 50.” What do you think? 

Not true, but I don’t know when.

Myth No.5:  “Greeks are trouble makers.  All they do is rioting!”  What do you think?

Not true! Individuals who always and for all creating riots, but also that you have anywhere in the world.

Myth No.6:  “Greeks have the highest public debt in the world.”  What do you think?

For the moment, in Europe, yes, not in the world!

Myth No.7:  “Greeks don’t produce anything and if they do it is of low quality.”  What do you think? 

They have the best olive oil of the world!!! Delicious olives, oranges, lemons and a delicious cuisine!


The interview has been carried out by the Minoan Homes staff on 19 March 2012.  If you need to ask Mr. Guy Vayens and Mrs Rita De Vijlder more questions about their life in Greece, please contact Minoan Homes at




Rodopou Village, Kolimbari greater area [Chania, Crete, Greece]

Rodopou is a traditional mountain Cretan village, not yet touched by tourism but totally independent. In the heart of the village there is a large square and all around it one will find bakery, butcher’s, mini markets which are open all year round and the local cafes “Kafenion” where a shot of the local drink “tsikoudia” is always at hand. The narrow alleyways and historic buildings bring a picturesque note to the village. The locals are extremely friendly too and will take great pride in introducing you to their village and trying to teach you a bit of Greek. 



Rodopou could be your gateway to the genuine Cretan living!  Please click on the link below to learn how:

For more photographs of this beautiful genuine Cretan village please click here. 

How to buy property in Crete

Purchasing your dream property in Crete is a very easy procedure as long as you follow our advice.  Try to be certain before going out with Builders or Estate Agents that you have thought carefully about your criteria. You can use the following check-list as a start to your search:

  • Your timescale for buying
  • Your budget and if you will need financial advice/assistance
  • Size of property
  • Size of land
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Garden
  • Pool
  • Would you like having neighbours in close proximity?
  • Schools nearby
  • Shops in walking distance
  • Will you drive?
  • Beach in walking distance
  • Country/village property
  • City/town property
  • Sea views 
  • Mountain views



Choosing your property in Crete 

You should feel comfortable with the builder or agent you are going to use to help with your search. Take your check list (above) with you so you that you don’t lose sight of your needs and end up deciding on something that really doesn’t suit you.

To learn more about the procedure of purchasing your dream home in Crete, please click on the link below:

Minoan Homes – 2010 Review!

The current year is coming to an end.   

2010 has been a particularly interesting year for Minoan Homes.  It has been full of achievements, success stories and promising opportunities for the year to come. 

A positive start was made in the beginning of 2010 by winning the award of the Best Developer for Central and Eastern Europe.  The AIPP award sealed our efforts for top quality properties and continuous improvement in everything we do for the people around the world that trust us to house their new lives in Crete!  Please click here to learn more about our award. 



As we always do for many years, during 2010 we managed to make a lot of people happy by delivering the keys to their new homes and thus to a new life in the warmth of Crete!  Please click here, here and here to see some of the Minoan Homes 2010 “fairytales”!   

Last but not least, we set more solid foundations for the upcoming year!  Not far from today, we will start the construction of the properties that were bought off plan in the end of 2010. We will work according to the new owners’ wishes and we will make sure that their dreams will come true in less than a year!  So be prepared for more success stories in the end of 2011!   


We wish you merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2011!   


Best & warm (literally) regards from Kolimbari and all of us at Minoan Homes!   


The Minoan Homes team

73006 Kolimbari

Chania, Crete, Greece


Facebook:  Minoan Homes

Tel:  +30 28240 83000

Fax:  +30 28240 83400


Kolimbari, an area of great Myths and incredible natural beauty!

Kolimbari is a beautiful waterfront town 23km west of Chania set in the beginning of Cape Spatha 



The greater Kolimbari area is a wonderful mixture of green hillsides with olive trees and vineyards, a long pebble beach, small hidden coves, traditional villages and sights of historical interest.  It offers the chance of seclusion, relaxation, community feeling and at the same time being next to the necessary amenities.  Green and blue colours dominate this land along with the breath taking view of the White Mountains.



Kolimbari town it self offers the opportunity for the visitor to taste fresh fish, seafood and local delicacies in a small number of seaside taverns, stroll along the beach, and daydream while drinking coffee watching the sea.



The area claims a fare share of history itself.  One of the most important sights in Kolimbari is the Monastery of Panagia Odigitria dedicated to Virgin Mary known as “Moni Gonias” built at the very western end of the bay.  It was initially founded in the 9th century but in the 17th century it was built in the place it stands today.  The Monastery has a fortress form overlooking the bay at its front.  Through out the years it was raided and plundered numerous times from pirates and Turks in later years.  It was actually used as a centre of resistance in the 1821 revolution against the Turkish Occupancy.  Because of the care of its Monks, nowadays the monastery hosts an important collection of precious post Byzantine icons, relics, and other religious treasures.  A big celebration is held at the Monastery on the15th August on Mother Mary’s day.  The Cretan Orthodox Academy, an important educational foundation lies right next to it.



The routes of the area go back to the Minoan Era. Traces of Minoan settlements have been found in several places near Kolimbari but no systematic excavation has been done yet.  Between Minothiana (named after King Minos) and Saint Irene a very important Minoan City bloomed which is buried today.  Its name is assumed to be “Pergamos”.


Kolimbari can be used as a starting point for visiting important sights and places. 

 Diktynna temple, The Diktynneion — In North West Crete at the NE tip of the elongated and mountainous peninsula of Rodopou lies the remains of the long-known sanctuary.


Diktynna or Britomartis was a daughter of God Zeus.  Born, according to mythology, right here on Crete, she was a mountain goddess and was known for her hunting and love of nature.  King Minos, who ruled Crete and lived in the Minoan Palace of Knossos, fell in love with Diktynna and pursued her for a full nine months chasing her along the length of Crete.  But Diktynna wanted to remain a virgin and would not give in to Minos’ attentions.  He chased her to the edge of a cliff and being trapped, she threw herself off.  Fishermen saved her in their nets (Diktya) and a sailor, Andromedes, sailed with her from Crete to Aegina.  After landing there he made advances towards her and she fled from his vessel into a grove, and disappeared in the sanctuary of Artemis where she became known as Aphaea.  Because of her dedication and desire to protect her chastity, Artemis awarded her with immortality.


Remains from Roman times – a marble statue of Diktynna and a statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian discovered in 1913 – now stand in the archaeological museum in Chania.  The remains of temple built by Hadrian around AD123 survive at the site of an earlier temple built around the 7th Century BC.  Standing on a rocky plateau above the small cove and sandy beach a little way below.


Deliana Gorge is close to Deliana village 15 kilometres south of Kolimbari.  It’s a beautiful and easy walk through the gorge almost an hour back and forth.  The road passes along through the river and the sycamore trees on the right.  The rocks stand tall around you and the passage gets narrower in the heart of the gorge.  In many cases you will have to go through the streams that unite with the river and in others you will feel that it has darkened earlier since the sun cannot get through the tall rocks.  The way is short and at the end it climbs up the slope where there is a deserted monastery of the “Old Lady” Mother Mary and the village itself.  In Deliana you will find the homestead of a Great Man of the Greek Theatre, Alexis Minotis.  It is being discussed to be formed into a small museum on his honour.


The Cave of Saint John the hermit up at the village of Marathokefala is an amazing sight.  A representation of the birth of Christ takes place in Christmas Eve where lots of people arrive to feel the magic of that night.  A great Celebration is held on his honour on the 6th and 7th of October.


The oldest olive tree in whole Greece and probably in the whole planet, almost 3000 years old, can be found in the village of Vouves.  Recently a small museum was founded showing the importance of the olive trees and olive oil for the area.



A good number of Villages around Kolimbari are worth seeing for their beautiful landscape, the Byzantine churches some of them dating back to the 6th century like the church of Archangelos Mihail in Episkopi Village.  Also near Episkopi you can follow the paths that lead to the open theatre of Alexis Minotis  and the church of Saint Antonio.  Nohia village is well known for its pottery.  Spilia village is a beautiful picturesque traditional village with a beautiful square covered by sycamore trees and the old church dedicated to Mother Mary which goes back to the14th century.  Within Kolimbari you will find the unique Museum in Crete for fishing and fishery tradition.



From Kolimbari you can start off for the magnificent beaches of Falasarna and Balos.  More over it’s also much closer to visit the south west end like Chrysoskalitisa Monastery, the famous beach of Elafonisi and Paleochora.  Don’t forget to stop at Topolia and Elos on the way.


The local marina in Kolimbari can host up to medium sized vessels and be a starting point or rest station for those who love to make their own trips by speed boats and yachts.  Don’t hesitate to ask us for information about renting space prices for the marina.



Festivities go on forever through out the Summer Season in Kolimbari.  Festivals, feasts and celebrations give you a real good taste of the areas tradition and way of life.  Not only religious celebrations but festivals of all kinds, just name one!  Tsikoudia festival, olive oil, wine, fish, traditional products, honey, rooster festival and it never ends!  People do not miss the chance of having fun with Cretan Music, tsikoudia and dance!  

In recent years West Crete and especially the area of Kolimbari has attracted the people’s interest because it still retains an unspoilt and green character without being cut off from necessary amenities and offers the chance to the visitor to choose from livelihood and seclusion.  Just take your pick!  


Should you need further information regarding the area of Kolimbari, please visit our website on, email us on or call us on 0030 28240 83000. 

We will be more than happy to share with you some of our local knowledge of the area.  If you wish to keep the area yours for ever, all of us at Minoan Homes will assist you in every step of the way and we will make sure that your dream will come true!    


Minoan Homes in Kolimbari

Minoan Homes is a construction company & property developer located in Kolimbari (Western Crete), in the area of Chania.



We build award winning holiday, investment, retirement and permanent homes in superb locations by the sea or in the mountains, in exclusive areas or in settlements.

Our extensive property portfolio includes exclusive villas with private pools, villas with shared pools, detached houses, apartments, studios, bungalows, maisonettes, renovated traditional Cretan cottages and farmhouses.  We also provide 100% custom built solutions, giving our clients the option to choose their preferred architectural design, the building materials and the ideal location from our land bank.



At Minoan Homes we strive to achieve the best, both on price and quality.  We guarantee:

  • High standard and quality workmanship throughout the built and exterior and interior fittings of fine finish.  The quality of all the building materials that we use is certified by ISO.
  • Clear and concise process of making the purchase and strict timelines for construction completion which are achieved without fuss and no “hidden” costs to pay.  As a Minoan Home customer you will find that the whole experience of purchasing a property from our company is simple and gratifying.
  • Reports with regular updates and visual material on the process of the construction in case you decide to purchase an off plan property.  Despite having left the construction site, every adjustment that you might require will be carried out exactly as instructed.
  • Lifetime after sales service.  We will assist you with everything that you need to familiarise with until you feel comfortable with your new place of residence.  We will help you for all the matters concerning the bank, the solicitor, the public notary, resident’s permits, buying a car, tax numbers, the accounting, the furnishing shops and the electrical shops.  At Minoan Homes we make you feel welcomed more as members of a family than as customers. 
  • The standards at Minoan Homes are very high which ensures the buyers experience is the same.  Crete and especially the Western part of the island and the area of Chania is a fabulous place to live in and everyone that chooses Minoan Homes has all the support they could need from a local developer.  We respect the place that we were born, live and work and unlike other companies with hectic internal structures you will realise that we are real people with pride in our work and a local reputation to uphold.

    We would like to welcome you in our web site which gives you the opportunity to look through our available properties for sale.  We hope to see you really soon on our beautiful island of Crete and in our head office which is situated in kolimbari.

    Welcome home!