|Fabrika (Φάμπρικα) Gallery, Myrsini|
They allowed our dogs inside too, but this may depend a bit on who is exhibiting and whether or not they like dogs.
I had been to this village before, but had never really explored properly. I loved it. Everybody was extremely friendly, both to us and to our three dogs (!). They have really worked hard to restore the traditional architecture of the houses and the village is extremely beautiful, with narrow winding streets full of bougainvillea, jasmine and geraniums. It still has the feel of a functioning village, however, where people actually live, rather than a stage-set for tourists to admire. I especially liked it that it was a group of local residents who had started the exhibition space, and were inviting artists from all over Crete to come and exhibit and discuss their work.
|Side street of Myrsini|
|View towards Tourloti from Myrsini|
There is not a lot to do in the village. You walk around nosing at peoples' houses, looking at the plants that fill the courtyards and streets, and admiring the view. There is a small shop, but I didn't find it. There is also a kafeneio, again, I didn't go there. We kept finding our way back to the lovely Kath'odon Taverna (Roadside), with the incredible views over the Mirabello Bay.
They served a basic breakfast (omelettes, toast, that kind of thing), as well as lunch and dinner of course, at reasonable prices. They didn't seem to mind when we sat there just for a coffee, and again later just for raki and mezedes. They were fine about our dogs, although probably would have preferred if Betty (the boldest of the 3) didn't find her way in there alone and start begging from the other customers. There was a nice mix of tourists and local residents eating there. I also liked that the taverna stayed open quite late at the weekend, providing a little bit of nightlife to the village.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taverna-Kathodon/197882956957077 This would provide a good rest stop on the road going to east Crete too.
We also went for a hike at the nearby Richtis Gorge, and swam under the waterfalls halfway down the gorge: http://travelcretewithyourdog.blogspot.gr/2013/09/swim-under-waterfalls-in-richtis-gorge.html
While the beaches in East Crete can be a bit strict about dogs (especially in the Itanos district), there are many great places to go in this area with your dog.