Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, Rethymnon

(5/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Learn about traditional musical instruments at Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop, established in 1945. This family-run workshop makes high-quality lyras, favored by both amateur and professional musicians of local and international renown. Each instrument takes about a week to produce by hand, following the artist's specific requirements for tone and pitch. If you're looking for a personal, albeit rather expensive souvenir, consider purchasing a lyra, mandolin, bouzouki, or mandola. The store also sells disposable items, like strings and bows, as well as used musical instruments. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Rethymnon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Stagakis Cretan Lyra Workshop and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • 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 instrum...  more »
  • 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!!! Hi...  more »
  • The organopoieio that will travel to delivery, you will enjoy the pictures and the institutions that exist and is actually a visit to a Museum! The melodies of Cretan music will pull in the depth of the space where it is very likely to meet someone from well-known singers and instrumentalists of Crete to interpret and experience the Lyres! The aromas of wood to draw it out from near the carving of the lyre by Manolis Stagakis artist and all these together make the visit experience!!
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  • The owner of this workshop is a master of building traditional kretan instruments. The business is owned by his family for 3 generations already. True legacy, masterful instruments. Very friendly staff, as i aksed about the instruments he called some guys from the back of the shop and they took some instruments abd performed 10 minutes of beautiful kretan music. We had a great time, could also watch the master building a lyra. Thank you!