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Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop

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Delve into the fascinating world of authentic Cretan instrument-making

The Stagakis family that has been making premium string instruments for generations have opened... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
Stavros P
Cretan music instruments

Me and my daughter are playing the various music instrument, but never had a chance to try out a... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2018
Mike M
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At Cretan Lyra Workshop - Museum Stagakis, visitor can take a tour at Cretan Lyra museum by owner Manolis Stagakis. Can listen to traditional Cretan music from local players and try our musical instruments. Also can view the construction of a new...more
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Chatzimichali Giannari 45, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
+30 2831 030831
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

The Stagakis family that has been making premium string instruments for generations have opened their Rethymno workshop to the public. Stop by to see master luthiers and lyra-makers at work, and learn about the master craftsmanship that goes into making the finest of instruments. They...More

Thank Stavros P
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Me and my daughter are playing the various music instrument, but never had a chance to try out a traditional Cretan instruments. In time of planning our next visit to Crete, one of the core trip points was to visit Mr Stagakis workshop and get...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Visited the space with my son to experience the traditional making of the cretan instruments. My husband plays Laouto so we got him one and my son desided he will start paying the Lyra! Loved it ... a Must visit place!

1  Thank Eva M
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

If you are interested in music and traditional instruments this is definitely place to go when in Rethymnon. This is a place where you can learn about Cretan Lyra. The owner who is third generation making this instrument is very kind and happy to talk...More

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Reviewed July 25, 2018

Topping off our amazing journey throughout Crete we found Stagakis workshop and were greeted into their den like family ... a few of the guys were jamming away on their Lyra’s playing beautiful melodic cretan tunes. Manoli was so patient and engaging with my teenage...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Small workshop where owner will show you how he makes Cretan Lyra, and a hands-on demonstration of how to play these (and other) traditional instruments. Photos on the wall of grandfather, father and current owner show the family credentials.

Thank David G
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

It was a wonderful experience! We love our handmade baglamas which we bought at a great price in this traditional handmade music store. The owner was very friendly and gave us a lot of background information about all his Cretan instruments. He showed us his...More

2  Thank RoelD238
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

What a nice place and cool place where you can see how lyra's are build and played! We came to the workplace/shop with a unusual question: we were making a videoclip with the Dutch/Greek children living on Crete. For the clip we use a beat,...More

1  Thank Trietss
Reviewed April 9, 2017 via mobile

Dropped in early one evening with my teenage daughter, just on the off chance that they were open, and were treated to a wonderful conversation for an hour or so in which we were shown various instruments at different stages of construction, an explanation of...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

We are New Yorkers with roots in Crete. For our children's first visit we stopped by to experience the rich culture, history and craftsmanship that is this beautiful shop. Our son loves his Lyra!!! Highly recommended not only for music lovers but all who wish...More

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March 13, 2017|
Response from Stagakis | Property representative |
You are welcome to my workshop - Lyra museum any time. Unfortunately i don' t have used Laouto this time, are all sold but maybe i have until your visit.
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March 7, 2017|
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Response from Stagakis | Property representative |
i can rent you a guitar and bouzouki for 10 + 10=20 Euros total cost per day. You can pick them up from my workshop in Rethimno. Despite if you rent them or not, you are welcome in my workshop to see my Cretan Lyra museum... More
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