Likes & Dislikes

Opinions

Crete - Balos Lagoon - s.z. photo

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Practicals

Transport

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Crete - bus station

Crete - our rental car - r.d. photo

Crete - hairpin curved mountain road - h. p. photo

Accomodation

“Where should you stay in Crete? On the east or the west of the island? When choosing your accommodation, it’s worth thinking primarily about proximity to the attractions which most interest you.

Eastern Crete: Many travel guides describe this area as the younger, more ‘party-focused’ face of Crete, but the few days I spent here convinced me that at least as many interesting sights and points of interest can be found in the east as in the west of Crete. Travel agencies generally recommend accommodation here in Eastern Crete, so it’s almost sure to be an easier destination to reach.

Western Crete has always been seen as the quainter, quieter side of the island – at least if travel forums are any guide. As in the east, there is a choice between bustling towns and cities and more tranquil holiday villages.

If you’re travelling to Crete for the first time, you might prefer the more developed, popular north of the island, but I’m sure that a visit to the south coast will persuade you that this quieter, less frequented area is as likely to become one of your holiday favorites as anywhere along the north coast.

Searching for the best base for exploring Crete, I, at last, decided on Rethymno-Platanes, which is the right distance from the airport, while a trip to see the beautiful lagoons on the west coast wouldn’t involve crossing the entire island.

Northern and southern Crete: When speaking of Crete, many seem to forget that the island can be considered not only on its east-west axis but also north-south – just to complicate the accommodation dilemma still further!
If you do choose the south coast, however, don’t expect much help from travel agencies – they generally focus exclusively on the north coast, so I’d recommend exploring the possibility of independent travel in the south.” (2017)


Food

A three-course meal for 2 people in a mid-range restaurant costs about 35 Euro

Greece - Crete - meal

Shopping

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Crete - Rethymno - one of the walking streets - m.g. photo

Crete - the village of Margerites with lot of pottery souvenir shops and a lovely tiny chapel - i.m. photo

Public safety

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Crete - police force

Others

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Crete - sun worship - n.e. photo

Crete - Pirates Fyord - p.d. photo

Background

Crete - Chania - Kissamos - g.d. photo

Destination in brief

Size: 8,336 km² (3,219 mi²) - The longest east-west driving distance could be from Zákros to Kissamos: 328 km (203 mi), with a driving time of about 5 hours 15 minutes.

Population (in 2020): 650,000

Average monthly salary (After Tax):  675 Euro

Geography

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Greece - Crete - waste landscape - f.g. photo

Crete - Kourtaliotiko Gorge - p.d. photo

History

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Crete - Agios Nikolaos - Europe is my name - r.s. photo

People

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Crete - old local man had just caught two octopuses - n.e. photo

Crete - Chania - locals - r.i. photo

Crete - Zaros - village butcher and blood drops on the stone floor - n.e. photo

Gastronomy

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Crete - fasolada - bean soup - t.k. photo

Crete - baked feta - i.m. photo

Attractions

Rethimno

Crete - Rethymno - Kara Musa Pasha Mosque - m.g. photo

Crete - Rethymno - Old Town - m.g. photo

Crete - Rethymno - Beach road - m.g. photo

Crete - Rethimno - n.e. photo

Crete - Rethymno - The lighthouse of the Venetian harbor - p.d. photo

Heraklion

Crete - Heraklion - Venetian Loggia (club for highly-born representatives of the local community in the17th century) - m.g. photo

Palace of Knossos

Crete - Palace of Knossos - l.j. photo

Preveli

Crete - Preveli - p.d. photo

Arkadi Monastery

Crete - on a plateau, 23 km to the southeast of Rethymnon - The Arkadi Monastery (Eastern Orthodox) - g.m. photo

Beaches of West Crete

West Crete - Kedrodados Beach - T.E. photo

West Crete - Balos Beach - t.e. photo

Crete - Elafonisi Beach - z.s. photo

Beaches of the South

The waves are smaller in the south, the sea is warmer.

Beaches of East Crete

Crete - Vai Beach - s.e. photo

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