About Us


With over 20 years of experience in this area of Crete, including over 6 years working in the travel industry here, we are able to design the perfect creative getaway, for couples or the single traveller. In fact a unique holiday in Western Crete. Here at Cretan Creative we love and have extensive knowledge of the Island, particularly of Western Crete.

Crete is the perfect place for a Creative holiday. Many artists, writers, photographers and musicians choose this beautiful Greek island as their home. They find that its special feel, the light and the amazing landscapes are a constant source of inspiration.

Providing holidays for visitors who want more than to just lie on the beach is our speciality. Our aim is to offer the opportunity for visitors to this wonderful island, to experience its inspirational qualities. We want to offer you, as part of your holiday, the chance to discover the creative and vibrant side of Western Crete.

To this end, we have put together various workshops, all taking place in and around the traditional village of Vamos, that will set you on the road to that discovery. They will generally cover a 5 or 2 day period, but they are bespoke and we are happy to discuss individual requirements with you.  The number of participants is limited to keep the workshops small.


If you wish to attend a workshop and your friend/partner doesn’t wish to participate we will also be happy to assist with itineraries and ideas for non-participating companions, including tailor made guided excursions for those who prefer not to drive. A hire car is recommended for personal freedom and is a great way to explore the island, and we are happy to arrange this for you with a local, reputable company.

”The allure of Crete is extremely powerful. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious rejuvenating force surging through his veins, senses his soul begin to grow”

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957)

Greek novelist, poet and philosopher


In the first instance, please complete the Enquiry Form as our policy is to contact you, our customers, to discuss your individual requirements before booking your workshop. A booking can only be made by completing the enquiry form. It is only when we confirm your booking in writing (email) that a contract exists between you and us.

A deposit of 30% of the holiday cost is payable on confirmation of your booking. The balance of the full amount is due not less than eight weeks prior to your arrival date. Full payment is required for bookings made within eight weeks of arrival. Confirmation of your booking will be made within ten days.

Please read our Booking Terms.


Although we do not provide flights we will always be willing to assist in finding a suitable flight for you.


We are happy to source accommodation for you if required as well as transfers to and from your arrival airport

We can also arrange for a reputable local car hire company to meet you at the airport/port and for the vehicle to be returned there upon departure, a choice of fully insured vehicles are available, but please be aware that automatic cars are not always easy to come by on Crete. All the cars have air conditioning, full CDW and personal insurance and free extra driver. There are no additional charges or extra insurance.

Car hire is payable locally, however we work with the car hire company to ensure that delays are avoided.


We offer workshops in and around the wonderful traditional village of Vamos in Western Crete. The following workshops are already in our programme for 2011:

Music – Songwriting to performance
Painting – Various mixed media
Watercolour Painting – Introduction for the beginner/those with some experience
Landscape Photography – Developing creative and compositional skills
Gastronomy – Experience the delights of Cretan cookery, wine and produce

One Day Activities

Various one day activities are offered:

Bread & Cheese; Wine & Olives; Country Picnics & Walks; Traditional Cookery; As well as one day Art, Music and Photography workshops.

Please see the itineraries pages within this website or contact us for more details.

Tailor Made

In line with our policy of offering ‘bespoke’ activities, alternative dates and other workshops can generally be arranged depending on the availability of the tutors: eg nature, including, but not limited to, walks & bird watching; creative writing; ceramics, stained glass/mosaics etc. Let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please note: Workshop itineraries may be subject to change  in the unlikely event of inclement weather conditions.

K.A.G. Apokoronas Arts Festival 2014

Details at: http://cretancreative.com/vamos-arts-week

A truly unique experience.

Trips/Days Out

Can be arranged to give you a taste of Crete either locally or further afield. This can include a chauffeur or you can drive yourself using our pre-prepared driving directions.

Corporate Reward Events

Individually designed to meet your company requirements. To include accommodation, guided authentic Cretan Activities, guided walks, photographic tours, meals and entertainment.  Please contact us for an example programme.

Getting Married in Crete

We also offer Wedding Planning services on a bespoke basis. Please contact us for further details.

Concierge Services

Arranged on an individual basis. Please speak to us about your requirements ie, meals prepared for you in your house/villa; chauffeur services; massages; beauty treatments etc

Contact Details :

Cretan Creative Holidays
84 Western Drive,
Milton Keynes,
MK19 7LE
Email: info@cretancreative.com
Telephone: (0030) 6979 397903

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