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My Big Fab Crete Vacation

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An August 2004 trip to Crete by Louisa W. Hansen

Beach at Rethymon, Crete Photo, Crete, Greece More Photos
Quote: Crete, the southernmost island in Greece, is endowed with long stretches of beaches and cliffs on its dramatic coastline, and massive mountains and plains in the middle. Thanks to its warm climate, Crete is a perfect place for tourists who are sun hungry — especially those from Western and Northern Europe.

My Big Fab Crete Vacation

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Overview

Beach at Rethymon, Crete Photo, Crete, Greece
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One should not go to Crete without ever visiting one of its numerous beaches. In some places, such as Rethymon (where we stayed), beaches stretch miles and miles into the distance. We were told that Elafonisi, with its pink sand and quiet bays, is the most magical one. We went during the last week of August and the crowd of tourists had significantly reduced by that time, so we were able to find some quiet areas relatively easily. The water of the Sea of Crete is blue-green and very salty, and the sandy beaches are lined with multicolored pebbles along the shore—a wonderful sight. The weather during the long summer months from May to September is warm with a slight breeze by the coast. ...Read More

Summer Dream

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Hotel

Summer Dream Photo, Crete, Greece
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As the name of the hotel suggests, this place made our summer dream come true. It was a total surprise since we were randomly placed by our tour organizer to settle here. The hotel looks brand new and was recently built (2003/4). It is very professionally run and the hotel manager is on-site all the time. There is an 80m-long swimming pool and a baby pool in the central courtyard, surrounded by a bar and a restaurant. This is a perfect place for families with small children to chill out and play in the water all day. There is also a gym for use with an extra charge. The hotel consists of 30 standard rooms and apartments, all of which have high, modern standards. Our room was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2004

Summer Dream
98, Emm. Pahla str.
Crete, Greek Islands 74100
+30 28310 51174

Akropolis

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Restaurant

Greek Salad Photo, Crete, Greece
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Rethymnon is a big tourism spot, so there is no lack of restaurants to choose from. The question is, which restaurant allows you to have a totally relaxing and high-quality meal at an extremely low cost? Well, the answer can be found in family-run restaurant Akropolis. The owner and head waiter, Andreas, greets you with a laid-back welcoming gesture, and sits down by your side to take your order. He would also chat with you a little bit, and tell you his favorite dishes (read: his recommendations). We came here every day and tried different dishes: grilled octopus, mouzaka, soulaki, shrimp, and mussels. Andreas told us that gyros are "usually f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2004

In Search of the Minotaur

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Story/Tip

The Minotaur Photo, Crete, Greece
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The ruins of the ancient Palace of Knossos is definitely not to be missed when you visit Crete. Located 5km (about 15 minutes' bus ride on the no. 2 bus) from Central Heraklion, this famous archeological site is well visited by tourists from all over the world. Knossos is one of the most ancient cities of the Aegean and of Europe and had been inhabited since 6,000 B.C. According to Greek mythology, the king who ruled here, Minos, was the son of Zeus and Europa, and the Minoan people formed the first culture in Europe. Upon arrival, after the ticket booths, a refreshment bar, and a book stand, you will walk along a short passage which leads to the West Wing of the palace. At ...Read More

The Roman Ruins of Gortys

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Olives at Gortys Photo, Crete, Greece
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Gortys is not a common tourist spot on Crete, but for those history buffs out there, it is definitely worth a visit. If Phaistos (Festos) is in your itinerary, then Gortys isn't too far away. Both are important Greek archaeological sites deep in the mountains in Southern Crete. You can possibly plan a visit to the two sites on the same day, but mind the heat. During the summer months, it can be up to 40°C during the day, so be prepared with a good hat and some water. We traveled from Rethymnon on the north coast by bus; transferred at Agia Galini, a seaside resort by the Libyan Sea; and took another bus through the winding mountain paths. After 2 hours, we finally arrived, greeted by hu...Read More