Fun things to do in Crete Island

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    Mono Kapsa, kapsa monastery

    by kat-m Written Jun 24, 2014

    Not far after Makrigialos there is a village Goudouras if you drive/walk on this road you will come to The Mono Kapsa it is a lovely sight built into the mountain side and right next to the impressive Pervolakia Gorge. I never go to the entrance or inside these places they are not for tourists and I like to respect what they mean to the occupants.

    Mono Kapsa Mono Kapsa Pervolakia gorge from Mono Kapsa
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    Spili to Gerakari - The Wildflower Run

    by iandsmith Written May 24, 2014

    We’d been told just to stop where the other cars were but we came across no other cars and the road kept climbing; climbing until we felt we had to stop; the views were getting quite dramatic and we spied a seemingly disused road on the left and started walking up it, finding several flower species and being entranced at the same time by the vision splendid back from whence we’d come.
    We spent about 30 minutes wandering up and down before we set off again but only travelled about another 300 metres before we rolled over the top of the pass, saw a stopped car, parked and went over. This was the Danish connection; there were six of them and, after making sure they were looking after their (our) princess, we ascertained that there were five zoologists and a botanist in their number. They said a friend had tipped them off about this spot and wanted to know how we found out about it, to which we replied we’d simply seen a stopped car!
    The picturesque location had us snapping for just under an hour; every flower we shot was matched by a scenic view. The starkness of the colours at this high altitude on a mainly clear day were simply stunning. Rich greens, yellows, blues and whites dazzled under the polarizing filter, peppered with exposed grey rock they made for striking contrasts.

    Dramatic mountains scenery above Spili The wildflowers were plentiful So many different species The colours were stunning Wish I knew the names
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    Spili

    by iandsmith Written May 24, 2014

    Spili; when it came to wildflowers, we’d been told this was the place. Since it offered a lead into the Amari Valley, another thing on our list, we set off. We’d gotten used to finding our way around, often checking with locals before proceeding and we arrived in seemingly no time at all to find ourselves in a village that we both felt was the best we’d come across so far. Mind you, there wasn’t a lot of opposition; in France or Italy say, there are so many to beguile one, here they mostly have bland architecture and the stains of poverty are painted large on the facades.
    Spili had the vibrancy of a tourist town; lace sellers, local produce, tented tavernas and a 19-lions headed Venetian fountain. They also had a shop that sold fragrances in bulk jelly by the kilo, amongst other weird things.
    Lorraine forked out for some lace, got directions for the flowers and we headed towards Gerakari.

    There's lace everywhere Fresco from the church Lots of lace in Spili The 19 Venetian fountains The back streets are worth a look
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    Elounda

    by iandsmith Written May 6, 2014

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    "Finally we reached Elounda, a charmer of a port, once the ancient city-state of Olous. Its numerous colourful fishing boats lent a charming backdrop to this tourist town and the phalanx of eating establishments were testimony to the popularity of dining by the waterside. While the waves lapped we stepped out over the water and sat down to courgettes and fried sardines as we awaited the arrival of our ferry to Spinalonga and thought how good life was."
    Definitely worth a look if you're in the area, quite delightful.

    Looking across the bay Quirky bits are common Fishing boats line the port Getting aboard the ferry
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    observing the night-sky

    by chantaldebrabandere Written Apr 19, 2014

    Observing the night-sky with professional telescopes. Many telescopes can be used. This in the most southern part of crete. The most southern part of Europe! You have a host that explains every thing. Every one enjoy tis as it is unique on crete. They have Up to 6 different telescope . Also solar-scopes. It is as wel a fun thing to do as a family as also for amateur astronomers that love to see an other part from the night-sky then the one back home.
    You do have to make a reservation! As quality is very important. So even the groups are kept to a surtain amount of people. But this is also possible in a private setting. At a very low coast!

    This is a trip that will last you a life time.
    All of this in the mountain-village of agios-stefanos 6km of the small touristic place of Makry Gialos. Makry Gialos is a small harbor with lots of accommodation restaurants car-hire banks bars etc...

    dobson telescope one of the many telescopes jupiter With this solar-scope you see the solar-flares agios-st��fanos Beautiful scenery all around!
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    A TRIP TO HORA SFAKION

    by gwendar Written Dec 13, 2012

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    HORA SFAKION IS VERY SMALL PORT ON THE SOUTH COAST OF CRETE.
    THE MAIN REASON FOR A LOT OF TRAVELERS TO GO HERE IS TO CATCH THE SMALL FERRY THAT TAKES YOU TO AGHIA ROUMELI AND TO THE FAMOUS SAMARIA GORGE.
    WHAT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED IS ITS A QUITE SPOT TO UNWIND AND ENJOY,AND WORTH A VISIT FOR THOSE REASONS.
    THE SETTLEMENT CAN BE FOUND SOME62 KM SOUTH OF CHANIA.

    VIEW OVER HORA SFAKION THE SMALL HABOUR THE PEBBLE BEACH FROM A LOCAL TAVERNA A SENIC VIEW ON THE DESENT INTO HORA SFAKION
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    Stalis

    by grayfo Updated Oct 4, 2012

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    Stalis a family resort is situated in one of the most beautiful areas with its sandy beaches on the north coast, located 30km to the east of the capital Heraklion. There are lots of tavernas, restaurants and cocktail bars. Some 'English' pubs serving full English breakfasts and 'Irish' bars catering for people that can't manage without that touch of home for a week or two.

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    Richtis Waterfall: a reward of 30 meters

    by dutchboycalledjan Written May 20, 2012

    In "The Most beautiful excursions in Crete" by Alberta Galla and Michele Buonsanti we found this wonderful hike. It is not as easy as they claim, but when you're with two, you can manage all the difficult parts: mainly crossing the stream and c lumbering the tree trunks.

    There are two access routes: from the top, a parking place on the road between Sitia and Agios Nikolaus and from the sea. We took the latter, plunging the car into the deep. There is a small sign in Messa Mouliana, pointing to a promising asphalt road. At a certain point, this small road leads back to the highway, so in a second attempt we followed the less promising branch to the left, a concrete road. You go down, down, deeper and down, through very fertile fields. Then up again, up, up and higher up. And then the real drop starts: shift back into the lowest gear and just follow the breathtaking path, now only decorated with small bushes. Marvellous views on the rocks plunging into the sea. It ends at a parking space. Phew.

    Then we hiked for about an hour up into the gorge, passing some waterworks, a derelict house, crossing the stream several times, passing some small water falls and finally, just when you think of giving up, you look around a corner, and there it is: a majestic fall of some 30 meters. Very impressive.

    Next to the fall there is the end of a set of ladders, probably from up the road. We headed back to the car park, looked at the sea and started our climb back to the village.

    The first glimpse of the big fall The car park at the Richtis Gorge A small waterfall The big fall
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    Walking Kritsa Gorge, mother of gorges

    by dutchboycalledjan Updated May 20, 2012

    If you enjoy hiking: visit the Kritsa gorge. It is not an easy hike, takes about four hours, bring water, but well worth the effort. There is a small sign to the left on the road to Lato from Kritsa, about one km after leaving Kritsa. Park the car, climb down to the dry river bed and follow the it. The trail is marked well by small towers of stones. When in doubt how to engage boulders, look for the clues by previous visitors.

    The only problem was finding the trail out of the gorge: at the end there was a sign and you find olive trees. We continued until we met a fence, but that was too far. you should climb up, through the olive trees, keeping to the right, until you find car tracks. These will lead you to the road. You climp up and after about 30 min reach a small road, leading back to Kritsa. All in all it took us about four hours.

    NB: we had two small showers when we were inside the gorge. We took refuge under a rock and a tree. In between the weather was perfect, some small clouds.

    Entrance and sign to the Krits�� gorge Car park at the Krits�� gorge Looking up, is this a stone cat? View on the gorge at the way back
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    Monastary's

    by mickeyboy07 Written Nov 9, 2011

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    Eastern Crete has plenty of Monastary's dotted around the hillside's we came across one or two by accident on our travels round this part of the island.Unfortunately i forget the names of these places but the pictures give you a good idea on how beautiful and peaceful these buildings are.

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    Lasinthos Eco Park

    by mickeyboy07 Written Nov 4, 2011

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    Known locally as 'The place of Gods'is situated on a high Plateu in the mountains some 5 miles south of Malia.The park brings the visitor in contact with nature,with the cultivation of the land,the collection of seeds and the possibility to get to know the animals of the Creten countryside.You can learn the secrets of Fine Creten cuisine and watch the procedure of making home made jams,honey,wine,raki as well as the process of drying and standardizing sweet smelling plants.You can watch how to contruct pottery and learn how to use the loom.There is also a wide range of farming and sport activities and they provide tours to old churches and archaeological sites.A very interesting and tranquil place and highly recommended when in this part of the island.

    The park costs just a few Euros entry and activity prices vary depending on what you want to do,the farm and walks are free.

    Locals craft shops Church Pottery on display Pony on farm Goat on farm
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    Lyttos Beach

    by SabrinaSummerville Written Jul 30, 2011

    Long, wide, and clean, Lyttos beach ribbons its way along the coast in the area of Analipsi towards Hersonissos.

    It's a typical Greek beach - sandy as you step onto it, but getting more stony as you approach the sea. Once you're dancing in those wild and wonderful waves it's a bit like swimming in warm bathwater. It's crystal clear and exhilerating.

    The entire beach is populated with pairs of sunbeds, matched with straw umbrellas. For some of these there's a charge of €5 per day for two beds and a brolly.

    From place to place you can avail of the many motorised and non-motorised water sports that are on site if you want them.

    Off the beach and across the road there's a scattering of small bars and tavernas for your pleasure.

    In my opinion it's lovely, but be forewarned that it's stony and bring your water shoes.

    LYTTOS BEACH SUNSET WATERSPORTS AT LYTTOS BEACH WATERSPORTS AT LYTTOS BEACH A LAZY DAY ON LYTTOS BEACH FISHING OFF LYTTOS BEACH
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    Take the Train!

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Jul 30, 2011

    If you're staying in the area between Hersonnisos and Lyttos beach, then you will more than likely spot the pretty mini trains that run along the seafront and up into the mountains in these areas. We loved the look of them and decided to take off one day to see what they held in store for the curious tourist.

    There are many stops at regular intervals along the train's route, and to be fair the driver will generally stop if you wave him down. Official stops are marked with a train stop sign and large advertisement so they're hard to miss.

    We joined the train outside our hotel. The fee is €10 per adult and €5 per child - a bargain in this day and age.

    Trundling along the Lyttos beach seafront, I had the camera on the go constantly, snapping away at the enthralling scenery.

    After a short while, we turned off and headed up into the mountains adjoining the beach here. The sound of Greek music was broadcast at a gentle level and soon the air was suffused with the scent of rosemary, mint, and lavendar. The warm Greek sun bathed us in its glow and I thought I was in heaven.

    We traversed the narrow streets of old Hersonnisos and on down the hills to new Hersonissos, stopping for five minutes here. At this stage we were given the option to hop off and stay for the next train. The first time we weren't prepared for the option, the second time we came prepared and stayed three hours.

    The route back to our hotel took us along the beachfront at Hesronissos and on to Analipsi. This gave us the chance to watch the enjoyment and fun on the beach, the crashing waves, the covered sunbeds, and the other glammy hotels in the area.

    All in all, a lovely experience.

    The train at sunset On the route Along the route Into agricultural country Bye bye train.....
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    Piskopiano Village.

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 16, 2011

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    Piskopiano is one of three "traditional" villages that almost run into each other, set in the hillside above manic Hersonissos.

    Although much quieter than Hersonissos, Piskopiano is still a popular tourist destination. It attracts, on the whole, a slightly older clientele who have the option of venturing down to bustling Hersonissos if they so wish. Piskopiano has plenty of tavernas, both on the main road up and the road through the village, to keep anyone going for a fortnight, as well as a few mini markets and tourist shops.

    The main road through the village is attractively cobbled and overall, it is a pretty place with plenty of old, authentic buildings mingling amongst the plethora of apartment blocks. Even the purpose built accommodation does not intrude and is mainly neatly painted two storey buildings.

    The village seems to have very limited parking but most accommodation have their own private parking.

    Pretty little corner in Piskopiano village. The village. Piskopiano church. Main street through Piskopiano Piskopiano architecture.
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    Milatos

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 13, 2011

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    We rather liked Milatos, even if it was a "resort" of sorts. It is very low key with just a sprinkling of tavernas and the odd shop and offers accommodation. I do know that an English holiday company came here at one time but I could see know sign of their pesence on our visits.

    There is a pleasant stony beach that is fairly narrow and steeply shelving that has wooden steps down from the road, another stony beach closer to the harbour that I noticed oil on and appeared to have large stones in the water and a tiny stretch of imported? sand next to the harbour. This appeared to be the more popular beach, with the odd sunbed on but when I had a swim here I thought the water rather murky and I noticed sea urchins on the rocks in the water.

    The harbour is interesting with it's sea defence built from huge pre cast concrete shapes like jacks lying in a tumbled pile. Nick, being an engineer, told me the name for these but I have forgotten it!

    An altogether nice place to have a bite to eat and a swim.

    One of Milatos's beaches. Rocky shore at Milatos. Milatos harbour. Milatos shore. Looking down on to Milatos.
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