I like to call myself a bon vivant because I absolutely LOVE the nice things in life like good food, drinks, spending time with friends, relaxing and off course traveling.
In June my boyfriend Tim and I did an 11 day road trip through Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands & we have fallen in love.
Because a picture is worth a thousand words & I just couldn’t stop making them: a visual overview.
Want to know the details? Check the very bottom of this looooooong page… 😉
We landed in Chania, a beautiful city in the North West where we spent our first day, having lunch in the Venetian Harbour and strolling through the sweetest small streets. In the evening we drove to our first hotel, The Tree Of Art Hotel, an amazing small hotel in Agia Marina. Make sure to check it out if you are looking for authenticity instead of perfection, for real people who love life and art. We had all of our hotels booked otherwise we would have stayed for a least one more night. Thank you Angeliki, Achilles, Alexis, dad & other guests for giving us a perfect first impression of Crete. ❤️
Day 2: Elafonisi, Kedrodrasos (the most beautiful bay, not easy to reach but a soooo worth it) & Sfinari to have dinner at the Captains place. (ask Angeliki for more information ;))
Day 3: Lunch in Paleochora, beach living & chilling at Anidri Beach & back to Paleochora for what must have been the best cocktails we’ve had in years at Agios Bar. Highlyyy recommended.
On day 4 we drove to Rethymno, an amazing old town in the North of Crete where we spent a night at the Rector Suites and had dinner at Avli, which was absolutly delightful. We enjoyed the finger licking good tasting menu with matching local wines in the enchanting garden which is decorated in a bohemian style and filled with plants and flowers. LOVE! (there’s that hippie side of me again ;))
Day 5: From Knossos, the largest archaeological site on Crete (and sometimes called the Disneyland of archeology) to Malia, best known for it’s party scene. Quite a contrast. ;)
Day 6: Chilling by the pool at the Sunshine Hotel and a visit to Chersonisos where we enjoyed another great meal at Zaeri, a wonderful restaurant that serves delicious traditional cretan cuisine with a modern twist overlooking the bay.
On day 7 we rented a small boat in Chersonisos and spent the afternoon chilling on the water followed by a night in Malia.
Day 8: From Malia, to Krasi where we had lunch under the oldest & largest tree in Crete. Driving further through breathtaking landscapes to Lassithi Plateau where we visited the Homo Sapiens Museum, a museum in which the evolution of human being since the times living in caves until today unfolds. Ending the day in the Du Lac hotel in Agios Nikolaos.
Day 9: A trip to the east of Crete, driving through the mountains to Vai, the (popular/busy) palm beach followed by a short drive to the Gone Surfing surf club at Kouremenos Beach where Tim could enjoy some time on the sea.
Day 10: A long drive to the South via Myrtos to the chill hippie town, Matala and further to Plakias for our last 2 nights in the beautiful Anna Plakias Apartments.
Day 11: Although there was lot’s more to see in the South we just couldn’t resist spending our last day chilling by the rooftop pool.
Day 12: Going home after a fantastic (but way to short) road trip through Crete.
Conclusion: Crete is a very beautiful and versatile island with lot’s of things to see, super friendly people and great food so we’ll definitely have to go back one day to see all the things we missed this time.
Lot’s of love,