Joanna, from Athens sent me the websites below, before my trip to Crete
in May. Hopefully, Joanna will answer your inquiry on the list but she
is a computer engineer &very busy so she doesn't write often.
I absolutely loved Crete &will get out my journal &write some specifics if
you're interested. I've been very lax in writing of my trips to the Zine.
8-( Bard may be right &Crete may have a rowdy reputation but I didn't
see it but then I didn't stay in a big resort or a big city. I stayed in
Sitia which is a small town in Eastern Crete. I stayed right on the beach
in a house which had 4 or 5 rooms &apartments. The beach tavernas served
delicious seafood &great, fresh Greek salads. The mountains were beautiful
& wild with many, olive trees, lots of narrow, winding mountainous roads,
little old men on donkeys, little old ladies in black, all very dignified, &
of course, the blue, blue sea &many deserted beaches. There are Minoan
ruins &monasteries throughout the island. I agree with Bard about not
going in peak times. The airport in Heraklion was a zoo &it was only May.
Busy season according to the waiters in the restaurant is August.
Hope this helps. I also took a cruise thro the Islands on different trip.
Saw Santorini, Delos, Rhodes, Mykonos. I enjoyed staying on one island
better. Below is Joanna's helpful hints.
high desert country
> Hello dear Carol,
> I have just read your request about Crete the given answers.
> Crete is my favorite island, I every year go there for at least a week of
> holidays and I can suggest you some places I like a lot.
> I have started to find sites with the places I propose in Crete.
> First of all, there are sites like
> where you can find general information.
> In the site of the Ministry of Culture, choose each perfection to see the
> most important places with interest to visit:
> I'm starting with Hania (or Chania area), which the prefecture I adore.
> In Chania town I usually stay in Kydon, which is in the city center, when I
> go off-season (winter or autumn) and not summer.
> It's a 4 star hotel completely renovated the last 2 years and in the
> reception works a friend of mine.
> Here are some sites about that hotel.
> For the summer I prefer the hotel Halepa or the Casa Delfino or the Villa
> Have a look at their sites:
> Casa Delfino: http://www.agn.gr/hotels/delfino/delfino.htm
> Villa Andromeda : http://www.dilos.com/hotel/andromeda_villa_crete.html
> Halepa: http://www.grecian.net/halepa/
> While in Chania town, spend a day to visit the town (the old port, the
> museums, the venetian-style neighborhood, many interesting churches) and
> live the life of that wonderful place.
> Another day you must get up very-very early the morning (around 05.00),take
> a local bus at 5.30 and go to visit the Samaria gorge. It's the nicest
> gorge in Europe, which you have not to miss. It's around 8 hours of normal
> walking for traverse it The final destination is the sea, from where you
> are going by ship to Sfakia village and then by local bus, late the evening,
> back to Chania.
> A link for infos on Samaria gorge: http://www.creteisland.gr/samaria/
> Another place I strongly recommend (in case you have a car), where you can
> go and stay for 2-3 days, is the unique village Milia.
> It's a place you can find the absolute quietness and to live for a while in
> 19th century. Have a look at their site:
> I stayed there for 3 days and it was a unique experience, one of the best
> things I have done in my life.
> From Milia you can visit Elafonissi, Chrisoscalitissa Monastery, Topolia
> gorge and all the area around Kissamos (Kastelli or Castelli as Susie
> Note that a car is requisite, because there is not a bus going to Milia (all
> the village is an hotel).
> >From Milia you can also visit Palaiochora and Sougia beach (which is close
> to Palaiochora - a wonderful plage).
> In Rethymnon prefecture, visit the town of Rethymnon, the Monastery of
> Arkadi and the Monastery of Preveli (it's not only the monastery, but the
> area around is so beautiful, with a forest of palms trees at the delta of a
> river!!!! Don't miss to swim there!!!!). Another visit is the village of
> Agia Galini (on the south).
> In Heraklion area, you can stay some days in a good hotel outside Heraklion
> and spend a day to visit the town and the most important museum of Crete:
> Archeological Museum of Heraklion , the third most important museum in
> Then you can go to Phaistos and Knossos - the two most important
> archeological places in Crete, the town-palaces of 2800 before Christ.
> Especially in Knossos, where the palace is reconstracted, you must spend at
> least 3-4 hours.
> Knossos: http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21123a/e211wa03.html
> Phaistos: http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21123a/e211wa07.html
> Knossos is 5-6 km away from Heraclion town.
> And the final part is Lassithi prefecture
> (http://www.forthnet.gr/internetcity/en-home.htm) .I propose as a base the
> hotel Istron, one of my favorites in Crete
> (http://www.forthnet.gr/internetcity/hotels/istron/) From there visit the
> town Agios Nikolaos (it's wonderful late the evening), the villages Elounda
> and Plaka, the traditional village of Panagia Kera, the town of Sitia and
> the Toplou Monastery, Zakros, the palm-tree forest in Vai, the plateau of
> Lassithi with thousand of windmills.
> Are you arriving by plane? And when exactly?
> Our Easter that year is on 5 May, so the period until 12 May is a high
> season, which means that the prices are very high and the hotels are full.
> And in Crete the holidays period start at the end of April with visit of
> Scandinavian tourists, who come directly by charter flights.
> That's are my proposals.
> If you need some more specific information on a place, please let me know.
> Best Regards from Athens