Selakano is a NATURA2000 area.. a very beautifull valey with the bigest forest in Crete!
But if you come at Julay, August or September, it will be very dificult to pass the forest because of bees..
over 70.000 beehives, live in 'our' forest (1 meter from the road) at those months and if you have alλergy, it is danger for you..
The one thing that spoilt our trip to beautiful Vai beach was a young girl walking her dog. As dogs are want to do it fouled on the sand and she just covered it up with more sand. This was in an area that people would be sunbathing and treading over to get in and out of the water, so if you see dogs on the beach beware!!
Be careful driving in Crete. Cretians drive like they are on the German Autobahn, even though they are likely on a windy mountain road. Drivers that are happy with their speed drive on the shoulder of the road. This allows cars to cross without going into oncoming traffic lanes. Cars will pass on very windy roads and little visibility.
They don't ask nor do they tell you when you rent a car or motor bike that you need a international drivers license. If you get caught or in a accident you will get a ticket and any insurance that you took will be concidered void. You can get the license from AAA or other drivering orgs..
I hiked above the caves and can say that I shouldn't have as it can result in you getting hurt or your knocking a rock down the hill that would hurt someone else. Sure you get a nice view and some great pictures but trust me it's a bit scarey and one day someone will get hurt. There's a fence at the top to stop the rocks from falling down the hill but it's not without large gaps. The ledge you walk on isn't that wide either.
Some of the towns of Crete, the footpaths are in a poor state of repair or none existant, this could be caused by the cars being parked on the footpath blocking your way. This was my only complaint about a lovely and friendly island and people.
There is really nothing to be afraid of when on Crete Island.
The worst thing that can happen to you is the hangover, but I guess it is up to you.
Driving on Crete is the same as driving in any other vacation destination.
Crime rate is low, very low, comparing to other places.
You can still feel safe leaving your stuff on the beach, unless I guess your towel is made of gold.
Sometimes your hotel room may be a bit dusty, but hey, nobody want you to stay all day in your hotel, so who cares.
Crete is Crete, the most relaxed and inexpensive place in the world.
Well, and you might get attacked by the giant plate of food in the restaurant followed buy a bottle of raki.
If you do take your top off, you risk being filmed by the bartenders at Havanna (a pub in the barstreet) and they show it on a big display on a wall outside the bar. The guys at Havanna walk around at Star Beach filming bungee jumping AND half-naked girls.
Before we went to Crete we were told that there were so many break-ins and thefts on the island (especially in Hersonissos). We just ignored it because we thought it happened to irresponsible people who got drunk and left their purse unattended. One week into our holiday we were robbed for 500 EURO. Someone had breaken in at our hotel and taken all of the cash, but nothing else. We reported it straight away, but never found out who did it. There were no signs of breaking in, so someone must have had a key or lived next door and climbed over the balcony. Advice: DO RENT A SAFE!
Make sure you warm up before the walk and do factor into your over all holiday itinerary the strain the walk will put on your body , can have a knock on effect on rest of your plans and put damper on things. The day after me and my friends legs were in agony and didn't help booked a day trip to Santorini and couldn't rest our legs. Not that we are unfit what we were surprised by that our legs were f**cked days after, only alternative would have been to just spend few days sleeping on the beach - which didn't want to do. The tour guide kept warning us about the risky nature of the walk and that you have to be in reasonable fit state etc - all common sense stuff. Should force people to stretch and warm up before during and after the walk/trek - sitting on coach for two hours and then going straight into it doesn't help either (there is no gradual gradient - the 1st hour is jumping into the deep end). Walking downhill for near on six to seven hours, using muscles in the back of your calves as you attempt to navigate and avoid slipping on the stones. In hindsight makes complete sense but in excitement and up at the crack of dawn overlooked. A lot of other people may disagree to the above- and in fact have not experienced any of this and went on to climb Everest the next day. Several parents brought their young kids to the walk (one as young as 7ish) i felt for the kids being forced to do this - but they were bounding down the paths during the day. Surely there is an age limit. The one saving grace - we were blessed with a rare sprinkling of rain. The temperature did fluctuate greatly - the views as the gorge narrows is mind blowing and all the more rewarding because you have been slowly building up to this. Even still an amazing walk, glad did 'long way' rather then the lazy walk as would have missed the colour and changing landscape.
On two occasions we have been "accosted" by old men leading donkeys. Once was on the way to the Diktean Cave when the old boy insisted I sat on his donkey. After taking a photo, Nick offered him a cigarette and instead of taking one, he grabbed the whole packet and rushed off. I'm only glad we didn't offer him any money. It left a sour taste in our mouths.
The second time was somewhere in the hills and a man with a donkey stopped us and asked what nationality we were. When we said," Imaste Anglikes" he said bravo and made a grab for me. I recieved a lecherous kiss and a fumble before I managed to escape. These old Greek men..........
Do not use this car hire firm. After paying up front for two days hire and paying extra for special full insurance, so if anything happend we were covered, we got hit by a rock which was being broken by work men on the road side. There was damage to the door, but the car was driveable. We informed the company at 7.00pm that evening as we could not find a phone. We were taken to meet the owner in another part of stalis to explain what happend. Even though we had photo's and the company's name and phone number, we were not allowed to keep the car and a refund was not given. These people will rip you off, as long as nothing happens you will be fine, but if you are unlucky and something does, which it can on the roads of crete, you will be financially losing out. Use another firm!
for the first time I dont find something to write in warning and danger page.
We just met one thing which converted into positive feedback.,we lost one of our bag in Chania airport but the turned it back to us after 2 days only,this is an airlines fault but we got our bag back without anything .
We wanted to make a hike through the Kourtaliotiko gorge, via the venetian bridge, the old and new monasterium of Preveli and ending at the beach (see "off the beathen path and a travelogue). We ended up doing it by car. It was nice too but not what we planned. The reason .... DELTA's WALKING guide: the walk was described in that guide but not correct. We didn't even find the start of the hike, nor did another german couple who had the same guide and whom we met at the beach and had the same guide. Nor did another who we met the week after.
Beware of the fat small woman somewhere at the start near Asomatos who ask 1 euro entrance fee to cross her private property and shows you the way......she says, but if you follow her road you commit suicide by falling of the rocks !!!! We heard another story of that guide: people started a walk of 18 km who takes 6 hours it says. After 6 hours they where half way !!!!
When you want to rent a car, motorbike, scooter: no problem at all to find a place to rent it. BUT TAKE CARE ....... Some of the prices are very low and very attractive. All of time indicate that a full insurance is included in the price. BUT full insurance in Crete is not as full as you think.
For example: damage of tires and chassis of the car or bike is not included. There is always a franchise of a couple of hundred euros or dollars on it. So you your car or scooter adventure may cost you a lot after all.
It is better that you rent your car etc. via a certified travel agency. It costs more but then you really have a full insurance with no franchise at all !!!
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Please be aware of a few things while you are on Crete!