Who we are & our philosophy
At Deres Horse Riding Center we have been welcoming horse riders and nature lovers for over twenty years.
Founder and owner of the Center is Mr. Yiannis Pissadakis, who succedeed in creating a harmonious and eco-friendly environment among scenic hills and green valleys in the outskirts of Chania, few kilometers from the beach resorts of Platanias and Maleme.
Since the creation of Deres Horse Riding Center, we have embraced the philosophy of natural horse training.
While a foal is far too young to be ridden, it is already able to learn skills at our farm to be prepared for later. Each horse has her/his distinct personality and one of our main goals is to approach each one of them knowing what is uniquely important to her/his personal character. Understanding this basics helps us to work more balanced, confident and safe.
Our horses are our family: they live freely in nature, up in the hills of our farm and easily return to the stables to shelter from the elements and before the daily trips start.
What we offer
At our Center we offer the opportunity to experience several outdoor activities suitable for the entire family and have recently included new ones for your leasure time:
- Riding center:
- we provide trail rides suitable to all ages, from complete beginners to experienced riders in a safe and enjoyable environment.
- Outdoor activities:
- Archery and hiking are available at our Center. Try your skills and improve your well-being!
- coffee shop and taverna with traditional Cretan dishes; a relaxing spot with panoramic views over green hills and valleys.
- Organic shop:
- organic products from our farm are available at our shop: wine, tzipouro (raki with herbs), olives an organic olive oil.
- Cooking lessons:
- On request we offer workshops at our Center. They are suitable for the entire family and will give you the opportunity to learn how to prepare some of the most traditional Cretan dishes. The products used during the sections will be freshly picked from our organic farm.
We invite you to experience any of the activities available at Deres Horse Riding Center, which benefits are both immediately rewarding and will accompany you until your next visit.
Let us make your vacation complete!