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Polythéa village

Town description

Polythéa Village, previously known as Pigaidouri, was named after the Cretan word ‘pigaidi’, which means ‘a well’. However, due to a misunderstanding, the name was changed to avoid confusion with the word ‘gaidouri’, which means ‘donkey’. Despite the name change, the village still maintains its traditional charm and offers visitors a glimpse into Cretan life. The village has several kapheneions that serve raki and mezedes, and there are also rooms available for rent. Visitors can experience a typical Cretan feast on August 15th, which is held in honor of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption. The feast is a celebration of food, music, and dance, and is a great way to immerse oneself in the local culture. Additionally, the village is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, including olive groves and vineyards, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers.


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Most frequent asked questions

What was the previous name of Polythéa Village?

The previous name of Polythéa Village was Pigaidouri.

What does the word ‘pigaidi’ mean in Cretan?

‘Pigaidi’ means ‘a well’ in Cretan.

Why was the name of the village changed from Pigaidouri?

The name of the village was probably changed due to the fact that people thought it was a reference to ‘gaidouri’, which means ‘donkey’.

What can you find at the kapheneions in Polythéa Village?

Apart from the ubiquitous raki and mezedes, you can also find rooms for rent at the kapheneions in Polythéa Village.

When is a typical Cretan feast held in Polythéa Village?

A typical Cretan feast is held in Polythéa Village on August 15th for the Virgin Mary (Assumption).

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