Friday, June 14, 2013

Two weeks in Crete, Greece.

Next week, we are heading off to the beautiful island of Crete on holiday. I'm so excited to be in the sun as Bremen weather has really been a disappointment this year.  This will be my first time in Crete and I'm looking forward to visiting all the small towns, eating yummy Cretan delicacies and just generally recharging the old batteries.

Via Real wanderlust

Crete is the biggest island in Greece and its weather is somewhat between North African and Mediterranean, yippee. It also has loads of gorgeous mountains, gorges,warm blue seas (the Aegean on the south and Mediterranean in the east) so its perfect for hiking, bird watching and beach bumming.

Culturally, Crete has so much to offer from really great museums and historic monuments to great art, fashion and design.  I'm really looking forward to visiting the towns of Chania and Rethymno for their fantastic shops and old venetian harbor towns.  Fans of history and Greek mythology will be thrilled to hear that Crete is also home to Knossos which is an amazing archaeological site and the center of Minoan civilization.

The island is pretty large and has so many interesting sites, so we decided to split our time between the eastern and the western parts of the Island.  For the first week, we will be based in Plaka, a small village near the beach and about 20 minutes from the city of Chania.  The next week, we will be in the soft welcoming arms of the St. Nicolas Bay resort in Agios Nikolaos.

I'm off to do some ruthless packing as we are flying with Ryanair (lord, give me strength) so just the essentials !  I hope the internet access is good so I can blog from the beach.  Any restaurant recommendations will be seriously appreciated.

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