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.

Our philosophy

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!


A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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