The Houdetsi Music Festival succeeds in highlighting the magic of the meeting and uniting of different musical worlds, combining them harmoniously with local colors, images, scents, and tastes in a celebration of hospitality, extended unconditionally by the local people to all who wish to participate in this unique festival.

The conscious choice of the creators and organizers of the Houdetsi Festival of a policy of entrance and participation free of charge is not merely the result of adverse the economic circumstances of our times. The basic philosophy and characteristics of the festival clearly necessitate such a policy. Of particular relevance in this context is the participation of hundreds of musicians and volunteers free of charge.

During the four days of the festival, the 5 stages, the exhibition of musical instrument makers, visual artists, the various spontaneous happenings, the quaint and enticing lanes of the village will all invite you to follow the thread of your own Labyrinth.

With the support of the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia, as well as with the close cooperation of the Society of Friends of the Musical Workshop Labyrinth and the Cultural Society of Houdetsi.


The vine is cultivated in Crete since antiquity, even at the most rough areas of the island. The Cretan indigenous grape varieties are well incorporated in different types of the ground-relief. PETASSOS leads you to the most important viticultural area of Heraklio and introduces you to the Cretan vineyards and wines.

Starting location for the guiding: HOUDETSI village

THE TRIP INCLUDES: Initiation in the theme in the tasting room MESARMI which is located at the entrance of the village / Short walk at traditional Cretan vineyards around the village / Wine tasting of Cretan wines in the tasting room (tasting is accompanied with Cretan paximadi and cheese).


A glass of wine owes its existence to the soil, the climate, and the cultural and personality parameters which exist all year round. Each season requires different agricultural activities and cares of the vine which will finally determine the grape and the wine quality.

Participating in this 4 hour trip, the travelers will visit the most important viticultural area of Heraklio, will walk in the narrow streets of the semi-mountainous village Houdetsi, as well as up to its hilly vineyards. At the end of this trip the wine tasting of Cretan wines is the greatest reward of this tour.


A subversive approach of the most famous palace of Crete and the Minoan civilisation.

Starting location for the guiding: Knossos (northern parking location).

Trekking at the top of the mountain Yiouhtas (811m.). Guiding in the Minoan sanctuary of Anemospilia. Visiting the hilly area of Agia Paraskevi from where will take place the presentation of the area of Knossos, its surrounding landscape and the majestic Minoan palace.


Knossos, the great city of Minoan Crete, was the seat of the legendary king of the island, Minos, son of Zeus and οriental princess Europe. The earliest ancient sources mention the name of Minos with the word “Enneoros”, i.e. the king his term lasted nine years. Every nine years Minos ascended to the mountain edge of his earth, to receive the law of God itself, essentially to renew the sanction of his nine-year office. The scenery around the palace of Knossos provides one of the most imaginative mythical landscapes of this nine-year ritual process. On the outskirts of Knossos lay the mountain that may be climbed and the rivers that flowed from this mountain leading to Knossos and the palace of the king, forming the paths and roads of this area.

The travelers of PETASSOS have the opportunity to become acquainted with this ancient “fabulous scenery”: the landscape of mountain, rivers and roads of the region, where the town and the palace of Knossos were built up. The excursion to this historical landscape, gives the stimulus to know the ways of measuring time by the Minoans, i.e. to get to know their calendar: the power and management on Time, was as severe as the responsibility for the successful Space management, by Minos the great King of Knossos.