Hotel Calypso

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Agii Apostoli, 731 35, Greece
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7 days on Crete in May, Where to stay, what to see?

by Jenaf

We have 7 days to spend in Crete, probably spend first 2 days in Kissamos area and would appreciate suggestions for next 5 days - where to stay in budget accomodation, maybe self contained or youth hostel - what to see? Really interested in walking, history, historic sites, using public transport. Flying in from Athens. Appreciate any advice. Thanks Jenaf

Re: 7 days on Crete in May, Where to stay, what to see?

by Rachel972

When are you going? Is this Kastelli-Kissamos at the west?
We were in Chania in September and took the excellent public buses for several days. More than you can do in 5 days: Omalos, Sougia, Paleochora, Elafonisi. Mostly we returned on the same day, but our trip was complicated because my husband went down the Samaria gorge and I went to Sougia to meet him at the finish. The road to Heraklion is beautiful too, much more than you would expect from a main road.

If this is your first visit, you must see the main archeological sites, the landscape will come by itself.

Look for the KTEL bus schedules, the timetable may change, but you know where the busses are going and the distances. I understand that Chania and Heraklion have separate bus companies with the same name.

Re: 7 days on Crete in May, Where to stay, what to see?

by kat-m

not far from kissamos is falasarna, a beautiful spot with ancient ruins to visit, the ktel buses are excellent, also go south to elefonisis and the nearby monastery, see my crete page for more.If you make Hania your base you will find a youth hostel or cheap pension to stay.

Travel Tips for Crete Island

Olive trees everywhere

by janchan

Crete is covered with millions of olive trees.. mostly because the terrain and climate is ideal for them to grow...
Travelling around the island you can admire huge cultivations and taste their small and brown fruits in every taverna ! Delicious !

The prefecture of Lassithi

by call_me_rhia

Lassithi is the easternmost prefecture of Crete. The prefecture's capital is Agios Nikolaos, which got bad reports from everyone we met in Crete: overcrowded and overexpensive. Places to visit are the Lassithi plateau with its 7000 windmills, Zeus cave, the palm beach of Vai and Toplou Monastery. The island of Spinalonga also belongs to this prefecture The Lassithi plateau, but not for the windmills. It's my fondest memory for the people - friendly and generous. Everytime we saw a tree with some fruits on it we would stop the car to eat one, and people just came out of their houses and gave us tree branches full of fruits (cherries especially)

It's a men's world

by Helga67

You might get the impression that Greek men always sit on cafes and drink. They do often go to a kafenion. Often they have a cup of Greek coffee only. Most of them stay there for a short time, just enough to hear what has happened and also to make an appointment with for example the local electrician or the local bricklayer.

Elafonissi beach (Crete's best beach)

by call_me_rhia

Elafonissi Beach (or lagoon) looks more like a tropical beach than a Greek beach. Colourwise it's a delight to the eye: the calm and warm water is transparent, in the shades of green and blue, and the soft sand is white and pink.From the beach you can walk to a small islet which is connected to the beach by a shallow reef. At the back of the islet there are the most secluded, scenic and quiet areas to go for a swim and to sunbathe. Sunscreen is the only must-have piece of equipment. A bathing suit is optional. Bring some food and water as there are only a couple of overpriced places to buy stuff in the area

Lasithi plateau

by Spincat

I recommend spending the night in one of the quieter villages. You don't see the most interesting aspects of the place on a day trip.

If you don't have a car (and the road is SCARY) take a bus from Ayios Nikalaos or Neapoli - about 20 kilos from Neapoli, but you seem to be travelling vertically at times. Watch out ( ! ) if you get a bus, to check the return times - they don't necessarily run every day.

Lasithi is famous for windmills, wind power to aid irrigation... well, you may see a few, but there are not many around these days, and that is not really the main attraction of this lovely plateau.

Ayios Georgios is a great place to stay - a quiet farming town with friendly people,a couple of kafenions and some simple and highly recommended hotels/rooms, (esp. Hotel Dias see my accommodation tip).

-Visit the birthplace of Zeus ( or one of them!) at the dramatic Diktean cave, near Psihro - you'll find tavernas and room places there too;
- Take a walk down the dirt tracks across the plateau. Surrounded by giant mountains, sometimes you'll feel like you have shrunk, and are walking across a toy farm of tiny fields, each one with a different crop.
- Wherever you walk everyone will wish you 'yasas' or 'yah' - you'll meet goats and donkeys; mules are still used to plough by some farmers.
- Wild flowers and blossom everywhere in Spring.. and mists in the morning.
-There are other walks - you can climb to Minoan site of Karfi - i haven't done this yet, but I have heard it is a good hour's climb (next time.....).

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