Kokoretsi is a dish of the Balkans and Asia Minor, consisting of lamb or goat intestines wrapped around seasoned offal, including sweetbreads, lungs, or kidneys, grilled. The intestines of suckling lambs are preferred; the name kokoretsi comes from Albanian kukurec. The offal, along with some fat, is washed and cut into ½ to ¾-inch thick pieces, seasoned with lemon, olive oil, salt and sometimes garlic; the intestine are turned inside out and washed rubbed with salt and soaked in vinegar or lemon juice and water. The filling meats are threaded onto a long skewer and wrapped with the intestine to hold them together, forming a compact roll about 16–24 inches long by 1½–3 inches in diameter. Kokoretsi is roasted on a horizontal skewer over a charcoal, gas, or electrical burner, may be basted with lemon juice and olive oil. A quite different preparation mixes the chopped innards with chopped tomatoes and green peppers, cooks them on a large griddle with hot red pepper and oregano added; the cook mixes and chops the mixture using two spatulas.
When done, the dish is kept warm aside on the griddle until someone orders a serving. The cooked kokoretsi is chopped or sliced, sprinkled with oregano, served on a plate. Sometimes it is served on a piece of flatbread; some add spices in it. It may be served in half a baguette or in a sandwich bun, plain or garnished always with oregano and red pepper. In Turkey, common side dishes are pickled cucumbers, it is seasoned with lemon, salt, a pepper, accompanied by wine or raki. Kokoretsi is available in restaurants and tavernas year round in Greece, but for the most part it remains a festival dish ordinarily prepared only once a year at home during Orthodox Easter celebrations when it is traditional for Greek families to spit-roast a whole lamb, it serves as appetizer until the lamb is ready. Due to outbreak of mad cow disease in the late'90s, banning the consumption of offal was considered. However, the idea was abandoned. Gardouba or gardoubakia is a smaller variant of kokoretsi, its name comes from the Italian caldume.
Kokoreç is one of the most consumed fast foods in Turkey. Most of it is prepared and sold in small kiosks year-round, is consumed as a sandwich after having alcohol, it is served in some restaurants. List of goat dishes List of lamb dishes Torcinello, a similar southern Italian dish
Georgioupoli is a resort village and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Apokoronas, of which it is a municipal unit; the municipal unit has an area of 53.498 km2. It is located 43 kilometres east of Chania, about 22 km west of Rethymno and about 100 km west of Heraklio in the Apokoronas region, it was named after Prince George of Greece, high commissioner of the island in the last years of Ottoman occupation. Georgioupolis is found at the apex of Almiros Bay on the Sea of Crete, with Cape Drapano and its rocky coast to the north and the long sandy beaches towards Rethimno in the east, just 20 km away. Three rivers meet the sea at the village; the entrance to the village on the old road from Vrisses is a long avenue of eucalyptus trees. A small fishing village, Georgioupolis is much a tourist town now, with many cafés, tavernas and small hotels and apartment blocks; the town square is surrounded by outdoor seating used by tourists enjoying their drinks and ice creams.
The 9 km beach is the main attraction of the area, with Kalyvaki beach on the other side of the river as well. Nearby Lake Kournas is a popular excursion by foot, bicycle or tourist'train'. Georgioupolis is a well-located base for exploring the traditional villages of the area towards Vamos or into the White Mountains to the south. Archaeological evidence points to Georgioupoli as the site of ancient Amphimalla, the port of Lappa, a classical city at modern Argyroupoli. Georgioupolis, with 513 residents at the 2001 census, is the largest village of the municipal unit of the same name, covering several other villages inland as far as Kournas; the town hall of Georgioupoli municipality is at Kavros-Kournas. The mayor until 2006 was Georgios Papadakis. Ferdinandos Marikakis was elected as mayor on 15 October 2006; the office was renamed "Deputy Mayor" at the 2010 elections, at which time the office was won by Iosifis "Sifi" Stavroulakis. Since August 2012, he has held responsibility for all sewerage works in the Apokoronas region.
In 2010 the new Kalikratis plan was introduced, bringing all municipalities in Apokoronas, including Georgioupoli, together. On 14 November 2010 Grigoris Markakis was elected mayor of Apokoronas, at the head of the DEKA party, winning after the second round of voting. Georgioupoli is twinned with: - Kärdla, Estonia List of settlements in the Chania regional unit Greek Travel Pages Greek Travel Pages
Kokkino Chorio is a village situated in the Chania regional unit of Crete, Greece. It was the filming location of the 1964 film Zorba the Greek starring Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas and many locals; the village plays host to a tunnel complex, used in World War II by the Nazis as an artillery spotting position. The area has been bought by a local property developer who has subsequently built a large number of houses on the site, obliterating in the process an old gun emplacement. In 2006 a memorial to those killed during world war two was constructed at the entrance to the tunnels. Access is possible. Kokkino Chorio has three churches: St. George's, located at the entrance of the cave and used on St. George's Day; the main church, used weekly and at other times during Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas is St. Haralambos and is located in the village square. Kokkino Chorio is located near Plaka, Gavlahori and Kambia. A Mini Market has opened in Kokkino Chorio selling a range of goods, from food to household appliances.
There is a Glass blowing factory in the village with an embryo taverna attached. Above Kokkino Horio one can see Calapodha; the coastline northwest of the village is an interesting place for a stroll due to the ground formation and the caves, such as the cave of Petsi. Another cave called Katalimata, located at the centre of the village, is an interesting site
Kalyves is a large village in Crete, the main village in the municipal unit of Armenoi. It is now a popular tourist resort. Kalyves lies about 20 km east of Chania in the Apokoronas area and is linked with GR-90, it is on the coast at the entrance of Souda Bay. It consists of one long road, with houses opening directly on to it, with the occasional alley behind; the town is bound on one side by the other by low hills. On Kastelli Hill, east of the town, are the remains of the fortified settlement Castello Apicorono, identified by some scholars as the site of ancient Ippokoronion, thought to have given the Apokoronas region its name. In classical and Byzantine times, Kalives is the site of Kissamos, one of the ancient city of Aptera's two harbours. Kalives is the base of the municipality of Armeni, covering 12 other settlements inland. A short walk out of the village to the west is a collection of stone buildings including a taverna and a chapel known as Koumos built by a local man who spent ten years erecting them.
Paths are littered with mosaics, walls stuffed with stones in the shape of fish and other creatures with rough tables and chairs of stone. Before reaching Kalami village, another beach -'Kyani Akti' is hidden behind fields of bamboo. Kalyves is a seaside village in the area of Apokoronas in Chania, on Souda Bay, 19 km east of Chania. List of settlements in the Chania regional unit
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. Crete and a number of surrounding islands and islets constitute the region of Crete, one of the 13 top-level administrative units of Greece; the capital and the largest city is Heraklion. As of 2011, the region had a population of 623,065. Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits, it was once the centre of the Minoan civilisation, the earliest known civilisation in Europe. The palace of Knossos lies in Crete; the island is first referred to as Kaptara in texts from the Syrian city of Mari dating from the 18th century BC, repeated in Neo-Assyrian records and the Bible. It was known in ancient Egyptian as Keftiu suggesting a similar Minoan name for the island; the current name of Crete is thought to be first attested in Mycenaean Greek texts written in Linear B, through the words ke-re-te, ke-re-si-jo, "Cretan".
In Ancient Greek, the name Crete first appears in Homer's Odyssey. Its etymology is unknown. One proposal derives it from a hypothetical Luwian word, *kursatta. In Latin, it became Creta; the original Arabic name of Crete was Iqrīṭiš, but after the Emirate of Crete's establishment of its new capital at ربض الخندق Rabḍ al-Ḫandaq, both the city and the island became known as Χάνδαξ or Χάνδακας, which gave Latin and Venetian Candia, from which were derived French Candie and English Candy or Candia. Under Ottoman rule, in Ottoman Turkish, Crete was called Girit. Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, it is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea. The island has an elongated shape: it spans 260 km from east to west, is 60 km at its widest point, narrows to as little as 12 km. Crete covers an area of 8,336 km2, with a coastline of 1,046 km, it lies 160 km south of the Greek mainland. Crete is mountainous, its character is defined by a high mountain range crossing from west to east, formed by three different groups of mountains: The White Mountains or Lefka Ori 2,454 m The Idi Range (Psiloritis 35.18°N 24.82°E / 35.18.
The island has a number of gorges, such as the Samariá Gorge, Imbros Gorge, Kourtaliotiko Gorge, Ha Gorge, Platania Gorge, the Gorge of the Dead and Richtis Gorge and waterfall at Exo Mouliana in Sitia. The rivers of Crete include the Ieropotamos River, the Koiliaris, the Anapodiaris, the Almiros, the Giofyros, Megas Potamos. There are only two freshwater lakes in Crete: Lake Kournas and Lake Agia, which are both in Chania regional unit. Lake Voulismeni at the coast, at Aghios Nikolaos, was a freshwater lake but is now connected to the sea, in Lasithi. Lakes that were created by dams exist in Crete. There are three: the lake of Aposelemis Dam, the lake of Potamos Dam, the lake of Mpramiana Dam. A large number of islands and rocks hug the coast of Crete. Many are visited by tourists, some are only visited by biologists; some are environmentally protected. A small sample of the islands includes: Gramvousa the pirate island opposite the Balo lagoon Elafonisi, which commemorates a shipwreck and an Ottoman massacre Chrysi island, which hosts the largest natural Lebanon cedar forest in Europe Paximadia island where the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis were born The Venetian fort and leper colony at Spinalonga opposite the beach and shallow waters of Elounda Dionysades islands which are in an environmentally protected region together the Palm Beach Forest of Vai in the municipality of Sitia, LasithiOff the south coast, the island of Gavdos is located 26 nautical miles south of Hora Sfakion and is the southernmost point of Europe.
Crete straddles two climatic zones, the Mediterranean and the North African falling within the former. As such, the climate in Crete is Mediterranean; the atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea, while winter is mild. Snowfall is rare in the low-lying areas. While some mountain tops are snow-capped for most of the year, near the coast snow only stays on the ground for a few minutes or hours. However, a exceptional cold snap swept the island in February 2004, during which period the whole island was blanketed with snow. During the Cretan summer, average temperatures reach the high 20s-low 30s Celsius, with maxima touching the upper 30s-mid 40s; the south coast, including the Mesara Pla
Lake Kournas is a lake on the island of Crete, near the village of Kournas. It is in the Apokoronas municipality of Chania regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit, 47 km from the town of Chania. Kournas is a large village perched on a hill overlooking the lake. Crete's only freshwater lake, Lake Kournas, is large, with a perimeter of 3.5 km. Although all touristic leaflets say that it is possible to walk around the lake, not true. At least not at the end of the rain season. There is a nature preserve on the Southwest of the lake, but there is a rustic road from the North of the lake to the Hills on the West of the lake too. The lake used to be called Koresia after ancient Korion, a city thought to be in the area with a temple to Athena; the lake used to be full of eels but now is better known for its terrapins and tourism. Tavernas and pedalo rental shops line part of the shore. Overall, the lake retains its beauty, the White Mountains reflected in the mirror-like waters; the width, at the point where the landing stage is built, is about 800 m and the water is of a quality to have caused no ill effects to the writer when he swam across.
If you stand, barefoot, in the water on the sandy beach, tiny fish will nibble dead skin from your feet for free! This is a treatment, which several tourist shops offer at a price. There are two roads; as you drive up from the main local road Eparchiaki Odos Georgioupolis-Kournas you will come across road signs posted Lake Kournas Exit 1 and Lake Kournas Exit 2. On Lake Kournas Exit 1 you will come through an area of ten houses and cottages known as Dimitrouliana Metochi Geolocation: Latitude: 35.33659 | Longitude: 24.2783232,19. A unique feature of Dimitrouliana is a group of stone cottages that were built during the Ottoman rule, during the 1700s and possessing Venetian Architecture; such houses, can be found in many locations in Crete and have central arches made of thick carved stones and wooden lofts to the left and right sides of the arc. One such cottage with a large central arc is Villa Christiana at the Dimitrouliana Metochi. Lake Kourna's popularity due to its ecosystem, has always been a tourist attraction and many owners have renovated their cottages and homes during the first decade of the second millennium giving an aesthetic look to the area, while preserving the architecture of the structures.
The road off the Metochi leads to the lake within 200 meters. As it continues curving along a stretch of the lake, it will come across several isolated restaurants until it reaches to Exit 2 of Lake Kournas. There you can find a more organized structure of restaurants overlooking the lake. During the tourist season there are pedalos and sunbed for enjoyment. Leaving the Lake area up the road of Lake Kournas, Exit 2 it leads to the main Eparchiaki Odos of Georgioupolis-Kournas
Stylos or Stilos is a village and part of the Apokoronas municipal unit in the Chania regional unit of the Greek island of Crete. The Greek etymology of the name of the village is'column' or'pillar'. No existing topographical or surviving architectural feature could account for this naming; the village is laid out to the south side of the road from Megala Chorafia to Neo Chorio. The two-aisled Byzantine Church of St. John the Theologian stands by the village road, as does a modern domed church. Next to the Church of St. John, the fossilized remains of the extinct Sirenia sea mammal Metaxytherium medium, can be seen; the Etanap bottling plant in the village provides mineral water under the Samaria brand. On 26 and 27 May 1941, during the Battle of Crete, Stylos was the site of a battle between the New Zealand and Australian rear guard forces and the Austrian 85th Mountain Regiment that delayed the Nazi invaders' pursuit of the Allied retreat to Sfakia. Allied troops that were left behind after the evacuation were subsequently sheltered by locals at great risk of Nazi reprisal.
A number of steel helmets from the period hang on the wall of the old village shop. The land to the north between Stylos and Megala Chorafia is believed to be an important Minoan site associated with Aptera, or maybe ancient Aptera itself. No systematic excavations have been done but two kilometres north-west of the village at Sternaki there is an excavated Minoan settlement which includes a potter's kiln, a four-roomed building and a Late Minoan tholos tomb with a long road. Closer to the village, to the north east of the road to Megala Chorafia, the church of Panagia Serviotissa in the monastery of Agios Ioannis can be seen in the middle of the orange groves; the church can be reached by a narrow track. The church is one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in Crete, it was built in the middle of the second Byzantine period, the twelfth century, shows influences of developed new forms of church architecture which originated in Constantinople. The church has a typical domed cross-in-square plan whose supporting drum is on the intersection of the two aisles.
The church was restored in the early 21st century as part of a programme of church restoration throughout the regional unit. North of the village lies the Gorge of a popular hiking destination. Http://www.minoancrete.com/stylos.htm