Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

  • ...and even more locals!
    ...and even more locals!
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  • The views are splendid in the Amari Valley
    The views are splendid in the Amari...
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  • Cherries are the go at Gerakari
    Cherries are the go at Gerakari
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Crete Island

  • 1. Hidden Beaches

    Leaving Sitia we headed off to the east for Vai the beach with the palm forest. The road to Vai was pretty new and looked like it had been resurfaced which I was glad about as I could imagine it had...

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  • 2. Towns and Villages

    Our minds sated with sufficient pictures, we pushed on to Gerakari and stopped for lunch after having our photo taken with some locals. Gerakari is famous for cherries and they do things with them,...

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  • 3. Coastal Places

    Now this is what we had been searching for!! What a beach!! We actually missed the turn off to the beach from Kavousi so stopped on a clifftop to turn round and view the beach. What a stunner!! We...

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  • 4. Mountain and Plateau

    Thoughts of a better meal by the pool at our excellent resort then haunted us all day as we continued to circumnavigate the Amari Valley, probably highlighted by the constant views of Mount Idi, at...

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  • 5. Places to Walk

    Note: The gorge is about 2 kms from Kritsa off the Lato road; there is a sign. So we found the sign again to Kritsa Gorge and turned up an unlikely path, going only about 200 metres before Lorraine’s...

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  • 6. Places the Locals go

    Elfonissi, a beach located on the southwestern edge of Crete is, as you can see from the photos, a dream place. It was wonderfully clean and with few people, an ideal place to take a few hours off...

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  • 7. Archeological Sites

    MALEME IS SOME 16 KM FROM CHANIA,IT IS FAMOUS FOR THE BATTLE OF CRETE,AND IT HAS NOW BECOME A LARGE HOLIDAY RESORT. WHAT IS A LESSER KNOWN IS THAT THERE IS A TOMB OF GREAT ARCHEOLOGICAL INTEREST. THE...

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  • 8. Inland Retreats

    Overshadowed by more famous sites at Knossos, the former city state of Aptera near Kalives is not yet on the tourist route and so can be investigated in relative peace. Perched 230 metres up on a hill...

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  • 9. Phourmi - the Minoan cemetery

    Visiting Knossoss don't hesitate to visit the Minoan cemetery in Phourmi because the Minoan cemetery at Phourni is one of the most important sites in Crete and certainly the most important Minoan...

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  • 10. Places To Stay

    The island of Crete, presents a wide range of alternatives to people that prefer camping to the more traditional hotel style of tourism. There is something extremely appealing about sleeping under an...

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  • 11. Toplou Monastery

    Leaving Sitia after about 12 km you come to a crossroads do not turn right to palekastro or you will miss the monastery. Keep left and about 5km up the road you...

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  • 12. Sitia, the far east of crete

    At last we got to visit Sitia and it was well worth waiting for. On approach of the town it looks a bit like a mini Athens,all white buildings. In the town we...

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  • 13. Diktina

    NOTE: Tourists can go to Diktina by boat during the high season. You have to ask for the schedules.We were there with our enduro motorbikes beginning of June....

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  • 14. Holy Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa

    Leaving Falasarna we joined the road to Elafonisos, just before Elafonisos you reach a turn off for the monastery. The name means carved on gold and legend has...

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  • 15. Elefonisi - The Carribean in Crete

    A great way to spend a day or a weekend. Beautiful beach, crystal clear water, natural preserve. There are a few snack bars here but it is best to bring your...

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  • 16. Balos, not the same one after 5 years

    Hi!I needed to write this. More or less 5 years ago, in summer 2001 , I went in a trip through Mediterranean Europe with some friends. At that time we read in...

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  • 17. Terrace at Festos

    Next to the archeological site of Festos you can find what we think is one of the best places on Crete: the terrace! With a great view over the area, shade from...

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  • 18. Deserted beaches

    If you go from Makrigialos and take the paths along the seaside, you will discover some nice and more or less deserted beaches.Surprisingly few people in this...

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  • 19. Zeus' Birthing Place

    Zeus was carried to Crete, to be nursed by the Goat-nymph Amaltheia. He drank her milk and when he became Lord of the Universe, he set Amaltheia's image among...

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  • 20. Priestly Crown Prince

    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...

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  • 21. Malia old town and beyond

    Malia might be dingy, dirty and geared up for the british to get drunk and laid but not too far from it are some real gems. Get a scooter and navigate the old...

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  • 22. Night beach

    Swimming at night with good friends and dancing on the beach - one more way to feel great atmosphere... Try it!At this picture I'm learning greek dances on...

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  • 23. Non-greek places

    "Between Agios Nikolaos and Iraklion is the famous Malia which represents everything I dislike about the tourist industry in Greece. Once a small coastal...

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  • 24. Psaradonis

    Psaradonis is widely known as an acknowledged master lyre-player in traditional music from Crete and in Greek traditional music generally.He is restless and...

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  • 25. the raki experience (rakokazano)

    Every Fall, after the harvest of the grapes and their squeezing for the wine, what is left of them (the bark), is being boiled. From this boiling comes the...

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