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  • Dont reserve a room......

    Everytime i go to Chania i never reserve a room. I just spend 1 - 2 hours walking around thge city and the Port trying to find a cheap room. And the quality is nice as well as the price. I have been many times thankfull for this strategy as i have paid for as little as 10 euros per day on a given period (summer of course)... So just be...

  • Cats

    There seems to be an abundance of cats on Crete, all in varying conditions. On our first trip many of the cats were in poor condition, with thin bodies and very pointed ears. In latter days the cats seem to be generally healthier and fatter.It doesn't matter to us if they are tatty-eared toms or pretty kitties. We love them all.

  • Poppies

    We much prefer to holiday in Greece in May, when everything is still green and the flowers are at their best.As Crete is very southerly, it is a fairly dry and arrid island. It is so nice to see fields of flowers like these poppies. They were in a field near Nostos Studios, leading down to the beach. I somehow get the feeling this field will no...

  • Leisurely Evenings With New Friends

    We enjoyed going out to eat as a family in the evenings, not something we did at home. Michael was 5 and felt very grown up and was always involved in the conversations, in fact he would sometimes take over!. He was much loved by all who met him. I have very fond memories of our evenings in Kalyves, sitting in a taverna, usually with people we had...

  • Contrasting Scenery

    Our first trip over to Chora Sfakion. We were on a motorbike and we were amazed at such varied scenery. Climbing, enroute to Chora Sfakion and all of a sudden a vast plain would open out before you, extensively farmed. And more than just one.The picture is from our last trip and I'll always remember, from where we were viewing the plain, you could...

  • Stormy Seas

    I love the sea in all conditions and the last week in October was certainly a time to see rough seas. Here we were in Kalyves and the rollers were crashing onto the beach and breaching the sea wall. Very spectacular.

  • Chania

    Chania is a beautiful town. We especially loved the Venetian Quarter and could keep on walking there for hours. It is a great place to get lost at.The harbour is also nice, not exactly bustling with fishing boats but quite a few yatches and a lot of restaurants. For a nice view of the town walk to the lighthouse.

  • Fragokastelo

    This castle is 80 km SE of Chania, near to the prefecture of Rethymno. There is a nice beach close to this castle, which was built during 1371-1374. According to the tradition, there is a strange phenomenon, which can be noticed better early in the morning at the end of May. It is said that you can see the shadows of "Drosoulites", who start from...

  • Sfakia (Hora Sfakion)

    This village is famous (Anogeia too) for the "wild" spirit of its inhabitants through the centuries... Being virtually discontiguous from other towns, as Sfakia is closed by mountains, local customs (?) as "vendeta" had been grown up... This one has to do with a predisposition for revenge if a member of a family is killed. Then the members of the...

  • The Gorge of Samaria

    It is a national park since 1962, maybe the best in Greece... It is about 16 km long, you need other two km till the exit, the village of Agia Roumeli, next to the sea. In the middle of the gorge there is the deserted village of Samaria - since 1962. Some old small churches and animals can be seen during your hike there (as the rare species of...

  • Can you see it?

    The Monastery of Hrisoskalitisa is SW of the capital of the prefecture of Chania, being built on a rock where you have a good view of the region. According to the tradition, one of the 90 stairs to the top is gold, but it can be seen only if the person is moral. I hadn't seen it, so probably I'm not such a person...

  • Kourna Lake

    It is the southern natural lake of Europe, very near to Georgioupoli, a town west of Chania. You can do water sports there, as cannoeing, surfing, even swimming. There are some tavernas around, all of them have a good view of the lake.

  • Agia Roumeli

    This small village is the exit of Samaria's Gorge. You can go there only by boat, as at the nearby village Loutro. There is a ferry-connection with Paleochora, Sougia, Sfakia. The beach (on the right) is a long one.

  • Stavros

    This village is situated at the same peninsula, the beach has a green colour and the whole landscape is very nice. Some scenes of the famous film "Zorba's dance" had been taken place there. Around this northern village there are many others, all with good beaches.

  • A great monastery

    This monastery is called Agia Triada Tzagarolon (Sacred Family of Tzagarolon). It is the biggest monastery of Crete (17th century), it is situated at the peninsula of Akrotiri, north of Chania. Most of the treasures were destroyed by the Turks in 1821.

  • The cemetery of British Commonwealth

    This cemetory is near the NATO air base in Souda (where you can also see a small island with a castle or another castle on a hill with ancient monuments, ancient Aptera). There are 1500 graves of soldiers from UK, Australia, New Zealand, they were killed at the Fight of Crete (1941).

  • Sougia

    It is a nice village, about 70 km south of Chania. It has a long beach, on the left -behind the rocks- can especially nuddists find their own paradise. It is also a starting point to go to the famous Gorge of Samaria (by bus).

  • Elafonisi

    It is really one of the best sights all over Greece. This exotic place is 80 km SW of Chania, the azure-green colours of the sea make the... walk from one small island to another very pleasant.

  • Shipwreck

    This ship is deserted somewhere near Kissamos, west of Chania, from where you can take a ferry to go to south Peloponnese or Gramvousa. Falasarna is not far away, except its exotic beach you can also see ruins of the ancient port.

  • The German Cemetery

    It is 16 km west of Chania, near Maleme. There are 4463 graves of German soldiers, who died in Crete during the 2nd World War. There is a small museum there to remind us "I want peace" in many languages...

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