Hear about travel to the Island of Crete in Greece as the Amateur Traveler talks to Elizabeth from compassandfork.com about her travels to this special Greek Island.
Elizabeth says of Crete, “Crete is pretty underrated when it comes to the Greek Islands and I think a lot of people overlook it as a place to go. ”
Crete is a huge island. It is 160 miles from one end to the other and has far more than one can see in a week.
Crete has some of the nicest beaches in Europe. “You could easily go and find a nice beach to sit on”, Elizabeth says, but she would recommend using the city of Chania as a base to see the area for a one-week itinerary. It is on the northern shore of Crete in the west. It has its own airport and also has ferry access. Chris took instead a ferry to Heraklion and then flew out from Chania.
Chania has a beautiful old Venetian Harbor and a beautiful old town. It has tons of restaurants with horse-drawn carriage rides around the harbor. It is best known for the “Egyptian” Lighthouse. It has a great market with things like honey and olive oil and a great collection of cheeses and olives.
We also talk about other cities on the north show like Rethymno and Heraklion and the challenges of driving in Crete where they drive a two-lane road like a 4 lane road. Near Heraklion, you will find the archaeological site of Knossos which has been called Europe’s oldest city.
Elizabeth mentions her favorite beach on the west end of the island, Falasarna beach, as well as a new resort area opening up on the eastern end of the island.
Crete is also known for the beautiful Samariá Gorge near the southern shore of the island.
With its beautiful scenery, great people, lots of greek food, and great history, how could you not fall in love with Crete?
Compass & Fork
Archaeological Museum of Chania
Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery
Driving On Crete
Fortezza de Rethymno
How to Plan Your Crete Itinerary
Emilia’s Tavern (with wedding rice and a view)
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