On this amazing island, I decided to spend this year’s vacation and I think I did it well. Therefore, I would say about them more. Crete is the largest island of Greece and 3th largest island in the Mediterranean. There’s the lively history which can be seen especially in larger sites, as this island was under the rule initially the Venetians and the Turks later that there were here for 400 years and during the 2nd World War, there also had a base Germans. But before these peoples are from the 6th century BC the island was inhabited by the Minoans, very mature nation, after which the excavations are found either Knososs palace and other palaces and the remains of their lives as a vessel called also Pythos.
But if you are not just history buffs are also sure to find your as this island offers really everything from the beach to the mountains. Not only that, the island is considered a paradise untouched nature and wilderness.
Where to go for beaches
If you are planning here a summer vacation, as I do, so most beach are located to the north of the island. There are busier resorts in the East as Malia, Hernissos or Ag. Nikolaos, where there is always a lot of tourists and a good nightlife. In the west, by contrast, less than the bustling resort city of Kavros or Bali. Such a center is the Rethymno where you find not too many tourists on the beach but still in the city is always busy.
In the south of Crete, you will find rather small cove but it is not less picturesque as Loutro bay, Plakias or Matala beach.
On the other hand, as I am saying there is also a mountain whereas Crete is more mountainous country so you can found here canyon Samaria, which is 16 km long and is renowned as the most beautiful in the whole of Europe and is all accessible. But we recommend choosing this trip with a travel agency because the mountain pass road is one-way, and so you were not able to go back to his car. But throughout the island’s many hills which you can admire throughout the journey. There’s about 56 peaks higher than 2,000 meters which is enough really for that island.
What you need to taste
In Crete are a few specialties, but also that you can know it from Turkish cuisine. Very popular is traditional gyros that you find in every restaurant. Then there are the souvlaki, moussaka, calamari, Greek salad and tzatziki. Another specialty is the Cretan honey with thyme flavor. I like it a lot and it´s little bit sweeter than the normal. Also here you will see on every step raki, that is the special alcohol drink, and you can find it in different flavors. Otherwise, a meal in a restaurant you pay around 25 – 40€ for two, in fastfood you can pay for pita gyros around 3€.
To travel around the island
There’s quite a developed bus service but especially in the north, so there is no problem to take the bus. But if you would like to travel somewhere to the south or take a roadtrip so you can go only with car. Rent a car is not a problem in one of the world’s affiliates such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar but place your order before you travel in high season is difficult to find a free car. By car you can easily reach almost everywhere and the road here are very good. Inland careful roads are quite narrow and so before any sharper cornering beep beep.
Spinalonga – ostrov ktorý slúžil ako kolónia pre malomocných a nachádza sa tu tiež pevnosť ktorá nebola nikdy dobytá
Psichro– malebná dedinka pri ktorej sa nachádza jaskyňa Dikteon v ktorej sa udajne narodil Zeus
What you need to see
Heraklion– capital and largest, featuring well-known brand shops such as Zara and Tally Weil,
Knossos – is near Heraklion, the mythical palace under which supposedly is a maze in which the Minotaur imprisoned
Dia Island – located just 12 km from the capital, here you can quickly reach the ship and also has attached to it a lot of myth
Gramvousa – an island with a beautiful lagoon and part of their honeymoon here spend Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Ellafonissi– smaller islands to which you know you get through the shallow sea that creates and includes a beach with pink sand
Spinalonga – the island that served as a colony for lepers and there is also a strength that has never been conquered
Psichro– picturesque village in which there is a cave Dikteon where data was born Zeus