So here you are in Kastellos area. What can you do? Where can you go? What is there to see? Where will you eat?

Local sights:

* The Kastellos churches - there are twelve in all, of varying ages and styles. The most magnificent is the Byzantine church of Aghia Paraskevi, nestling beside the site of a pagan spring in an ancient oak grove about 2km outside the village, off the road to Aghios Andreas.

* The Minoan cemetery - a superb archaelogical site from the Late Minoan period. It can be found just off the road to Somatas (out of Kastellos towards Rethymno, next left) There are many rock cut tombs - be sure not to the miss the 'Royal' tombs at the southern end of the site.

In spring, this area is famous for its stunning array of wildflowers, especially the many different types of orchids.

* The old Olive Press at Armenoi. Walk up the hill at the side of the Kafenio in Armenoi until you get to the crossroads where the sign may clearly be seen.

Places to eat and drink:

Without a doubt, the nearest welcoming taverna is Castellos Taverna - your host Vassilis and his wife Katerina serve delicious home made Cretan food made from local produce. Their hospitality is legendary and they will make you feel very much at home.

If you wish to experience a genuine Cretan traditional kafenio, try Eon in Armenoi. Manolis and his family will give you a warm welcome. They offer soft drinks, beer, ouzo, wine, raki, Greek coffee made the traditional way and a variety of 'mezedakia' - cold and hot snacks.