When I found out I was going to the Greek Islands, I was ecstatic! Santorini… Mykonos… sounded like a dream come true! But Crete? Well to be honest, I never knew much about it or heard anything because no one I knew had been. Now let tell you, that the big island of Crete packs a surprising adventure!
We spent 3 days in Crete and I could have spent 3 weeks. It is such an authentic Greek island with so much diverse natural beauty. It has snow mountains, lush green hills and beautiful beaches. Not to mention, the cheapest of the three islands I went to. No joke, not a single entree we ate was over 15 euros. Crazy! Everything was so fresh and made from the island itself.
Tucked away in the old town of Chania, it isn’t what you would expect from a Greek island hotel. It wasn’t beach front with a large infinity pool or rooms that were all white. However, it was one of the cutest places I have ever stayed. We had a studio suite which overlooked the romantic courtyard. Some of our friends had patios that overlooked the old harbor. Walking distance to many quaint restaurants in alleyways and a straight shot to the water, it was the perfect Cretan hotel.
You must and I MUST book a full day tour especially if you only have a few days. I feel like we saw a good deal of Crete with our tour and he took us to places we would have never found on our own. For an example, after our tour he took us up in the mountains to a restaurant home cooked by a Greek family. It was the best meal we had in Crete! The view was incredible! On one side we had the snow capped mountains and on the other we had the ocean.
Some highlights from the tour:
Dancing Zorbas beach
Agia Triada Monastery
Cretan Olive Oil factory- Make sure you save room in your suitcase for the best olive oil 🙂
Tamam- Our first meal in Greece so naturally I will recommend because it beats any Geek food in the staes 😉 Sit outside in the alley and have very traditional greek dishes.
Thalassino Ageri- Best to go before sunset. Very rustic chic on the sand by the water
Must have Cretan wine with every meal… it’s great! and must have raki at the end of every meal. Anyway, you won’t have a choice because they’ll give it to you for free…along with dessert. So happy feasting 🙂
I hope everyone will consider seeing this island on their next visit to Greece! And if you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear because I’ll definitely be back