• Login
, Traditional dance and music, Arts and culture, Crete
Traditional dance and music
© Ververidis / 123RF
  • Compare your :
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Flight + Hotel
  • Private Rentals
  • Cars
  • Holidays
  • Destination
Traditional dance and music Greece
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Traditional dance and music

Music in Crete is an integral part of the culture and plays a very important social role. Cretan music is actually one of the oldest in Europe (it dates backs to 500 BC). If you are invited into a Cretan home, you will most likely be given a small concert and maybe even a lesson in traditional dance. Children often start to learn playing at a very young age, as the music is passed down from generation to generation. A very popular instrument in Greek music is the bouzouki, which is a cousin of the guitar and the mandolin. It is a type of lute with a long neck and a rounded back, and is played with a pectrum. It gives off a sharp metallic sound produced by the metal lining in the body. Also from the lute family, the saz and the tambura. The main instrument played in Cretan music is the lyre, which appeared in the 17th century BC and was introduced by musicians from Rethymnon. As for dance, it has been around since the Minoan era. Called the Sousta, it is danced with a partner or in circles.

Our holiday packages to Greece
  • Silver Moon
  • Silver Moon Greece , Greece - 4days/3nights | TUI
    from  £348
  • Dora Studios And Apartments Greece , Greece - 4days/3nights | TUI
    from  £398
  • Agnes Beach Apts Greece , Greece - 5days/4nights | TUI
    from  £432

Traditional dance and music

Twitter Facebook
Greece : Discover our cities Athens
  • Athens Athens
  • Argolis Argolis
  • Corfu Corfu
  • Mykonos Mykonos
  • Paros Paros, Cyclades, Greece,
  • Rhodes Rhodes
  • Santorini Santorini
  • Rethymno Rethymno
  • Elounda Elounda
  • Hersonissos Hersonissos
  • Rhodes-Lindos Rhodes-Lindos
  • Corinth Corinth
  • Nafplio Nafplio
  • Matala Matala
  • Chania Chania
  • Plakias Plakias
  • Patras Patras
  • Agia Galini Agia Galini
  • Sitia Sitia
  • Thessaloniki Thessaloniki
  • Agios Nikólaos Agios Nikólaos
  • Euboea Euboea

Greece : The regions

  • Crete

  • Continental Greece

  • The Greek Islands