Our cultural Centre ESTIA Sfakiá is located in beautiful Chora Sfakion’s old harbour. At our Centre, we focus on the understanding and appreciation of the three great columns of Cretan life: “Vivid Tradition“, "Powerful Nature“ and "Healthy Life“.
We dive into the secrets of nature and its healing powers. As responsible visitors of this traditional region we respect the breathtaking and powerful nature, preserve and protect it.
Our event and seminar programme offers a diverse and uniquely beautiful Cretan experience, which connects and inspires people through this many faceted journey.
We founded ESTIA Sfakiá to create a space within which a connectedness between people and cultures, between body and soul can arise. Our aim is to promote and maintain Greek tradition, nature and culture within the framework of a holistic cultural centre that respects community needs. ESTIA Sfakiá strives to implement sustainable tourism that preserves local tradition, promotes healthy living and protects nature.
Savina Chamalidis Thomas Chamalidis
(Founder and Manager, (Founder, Intercultural Communication)
ESTIA Sfakiá, GR - 73011 Sfakiá)
Estia - the essence of everything
In ancient Greece, Hestia (Greek Εστία, pronounced Estia) was revered as guardian of the hearth fire and protector of the home. As a pre-Hellenic goddess, however, she was worshiped much earlier. We assume she has had an important function since then, when people began to cultivate a central hearth. Only when the hearth of Estia was consecrated, this place was considered sacred and became home.
The Fire of Estia
The fire of Estia transforms food into nutrition, it nourishes and entertains.
In addition, she is the goddess of the state herd and the sacred fire in the temples. It is the eternal light that never goes out. Pythagoras describes the fire of Estia as the center of the earth. So she embodies home, the "center of the world" of each human and is associated with the inner light, or the inner fire.
Estia does not symbolise fire, Estia is fire - and thus the essence of all things.
Giorgos & Giannis Fasoulakis - Lefka Ori, Cretan Cuisine
Manolis Fasoulakis - Organic Farming (Olive Oil, Herbs, Honey)
Papa Thanasis - Orthodox Priest
Stavros Kouris - Captain
Nektarios & Eftychis Kostakis - Musicians
Sifis & Nikos Amiradakis - Coaches & Taxis
Alkis Kyriakakis - Coaches
Hotels Xenia, Lefka Ori, Stavris, Alkyon, Samaria, Lyvikon, Anna Suites
Our cultural centre is a dynamic and vibrant company. We want to keep you up to date and share the developments and changes with you.
In addition, you will find in our blog colourful impressions of our trips, events and offers that may give you a little insight into our activities.
Enjoy the sparkling fire crackling around the hearth of ESTIA Sfakiá.