Hotel Talos

2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 Stars

Nea Kidonia Daratsos, 731 00, Greece
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Rated 11% higher but also costs 61% more than other 2.5 star hotels

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Forum Posts

Reading on holiday

by Thistle-Rose

Any good fiction books you can recommend set on crete island?

Re: Reading on holiday

by brotherleelove

Zorba the Greek

Re: Reading on holiday

by SallyM

The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart - it's a bit old now, but it was reading this that made me want to visit Crete.

Re: Reading on holiday

by foona

"The Island" written by Victoria Hislop. Set on the island of Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete, Greece's leper colony for much of the 20th century

Re: Reading on holiday

by lanerunner

i think the legend of the minotaur is set on crete

someone will correct me but i think it was theseus and ariadne whose love and ingenuity overcame impossible odds ( theseus had to kill the minotaur living down in the labyrinth as well as make it back out of the maze)

plenty of history there and i think there are some sites you can visit that arose from this myth
sorry -it isnt a novel as such but still worth a google

we will go to crete one day i hope!
enjoy your trip

Re: Reading on holiday

by brotherleelove

Two books about Theseus and Crete were written by Mary Renault, "The King Must Die" and the sequel, "The Bull From the Sea".

Re: Reading on holiday

by Thistle-Rose

Thank you all for the recomendations will have a look into those books

Re: Reading on holiday

by ivana302

"The island" - great book

Re: Reading on holiday

by nickandchris

I would agree, The Island is enjoyable.

Re: Reading on holiday

by varioAthens

Definitely "The Island" by Victoria Hislop.

Re: Reading on holiday

by Susi_Blackforest

How about reading
It's All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina - And Real Greeks by John Mole
ok it's set in Evia, but a very funny read! Will take it with me again this summer.

Travel Tips for Crete Island

The prefecture of Hania

by call_me_rhia

Hania is the second largest town in Crete and its the regional centre of the Prefecture of Hania, which covers the western part of Crete. The most important places to visit are - aside the city of Hania - the beaches of Falassarna and Elafonissi, the Samaria Gorge, and the villages of Loutro and Sougia. Most definitely the beach of Elafonissi - for the shallowness and the colour of the sea. I found it much nicer than some tropical Asian beaches. When we were told that the beach was pink in colour, we did not believe it - until we got there - and it was true! Tiny grains of fragmented pink shells lie all over the sandy shore - giving it a magic purple-ish halo

Samaria Gorge

by Kamils

Samaria Gorge is a national park, one of the most spectacular natural parks in Europe. Starting south of the settlement of Omalos, 42 Km south of Hania, spans for 18 Km as far as the south Crete coast.

Respect Local Customs


- Respect local people and especially the elderly ones,
- Show interest in whatever seems to be important to your hosts,
- Learn a few basic words in Greek - local people will love you :-)
- Remember: freedom and local identity are most vital to the people of Crete!

Rix outdoor activities

by Cheesegirl

We had a great time, biking the Lassithi plateau for a few hours. Everything was there: helmet, water, supportcar, good and friendly guides.... And I can tell you, it wasn't easy for Rik and his crew to keep 25 women going... They did a great job, we had a very nice lunch in the middle of nowhere and really experienced Crete in another way. You can do different tours, from light (the Lassithi tour we did), to middle (Crete pure, with a swimstop) and heavy (Sporttour, for fit people only).
Rix also does skate tours and walking trips! Depending on the weather, wear something with long sleeves, flies can get annoying. If it has been raining, wear clothes and shoes you are not too attatched to, the red mudstains won't get washed out. And ofcourse bring good sunscreen, you are quite high, sun burnes good up there!

Priestly Crown Prince

by RoyJava

See the famous Prince Of Lilies ... an old painting of the Minoic period, found at the Knossos Palace. Still kept at the Archeological Museum of Crete, of which a replica has been placed in the Knossos Palace. A wonderfull painting created long before the Birth of Christ.

His long black hair, his great worked-out body, his crown with peacock's feather, his golden arm-bracelets, and his mini-skirt describe a male figure of a priest. A King-priest, well... here a Crown Prince. One does not know yet what he is doing. The Cretan script has not been able to translate in understandable tellings ... yet!

And the sobriety of Western people still suppose a king-priest is out of myths, and so a sort of gibberish ... double Dutch ...
I met this priestly Crown Prince and wondered why he looked so modern, so trendy
; - ))


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