About Amari


The Valley of Amari is steeped in myth and legend. It retains what much of the world has lost: wide expanses of beautiful wilderness, deeply rooted traditions, and extraordinarily warm people. This Mythical place called Amari is ideal to host a cultural centre where different talents and skills can come together once again to be shared and enjoyed by all.

Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Psiloriti (Idi) mountain, the highest in Crete, the village of Amari was the capital of the area of the same name and is in the centre of twenty six other villages, connected by roads and footpaths. Amari is a village untouched by the rush and busyness of modern life. The glory and renowned of Amari’s past prominence is attested to in the beautiful villas and distinctive architecture gracing the village. Inhabitants have included painters, poets, artists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, judges and civil servants - all forming a vibrant cultural community. Today, the people of Amari live far and near - in Crete and across the globe - yet all remain intimately connected to this place and its life. Many wish to see this life revitalized and invigorated by sharing Amari with the outside world.