This place is definitely worth a visit! Tucked away in the foothills of the Lefka Ori, just about 20 minutes outside of Chania, the Botanical Park is really a hidden gem. The experience starts in a beautiful welcome center, with great views and an impressive menu. I sat and enjoyed a fantastic meal before beginning my loop hike around the park. For full disclosure, I am a 20-something male, with (at best) a passing interest in flora but after setting out through the park I found myself oohing and awwing not only at the variety of smells and colors i encountered but also at the very well laid out and interesting descriptions of the amazing plants that are able to grow on the island. Find out why the tree trunks on Crete are whitewashed, learn the secrets of ancient Minoan wine, and discover the magic of Cretan herbs... all while enjoying being outside an active on the park's very well maintained trails. The three brothers who own and operate this Botanical Park were born and raised in a village just up the mountain and are so passionate about sharing this information with the public. I left with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for this great island!
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