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Crete – It’s a Cretan Adventure

August 2, 2011 by Chelsea Slone

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The beautiful island of Crete is the largest and the most southern of all the Greek isles. There are so many amazing areas it’s hard to choose where to spend your time, but in the end there is no wrong answer. The country has gorgeous coast scenery, small scenic mountain villages, and beach bar boogie towns. Some say it is large and diverse enough to be it’s own country, but if you don’t attempt to explore the entire island it will still feel like a beautiful island with fascinating history and gorgeous scenery.

We stayed in Elounda, which is a beautiful beach town in eastern Crete. Right next to us was the tiny local town of Plaka, filled with such character. We enjoyed some of the most amazing fresh fish here and really got a feel of the amazing local people. I usually never go back to a Resturant, but we found a great place called Paleria Tavern, and we couldn’t help but to go back before we left to enjoy the fresh fish and see our new friend Bob.

From this town we took a day trip to the famous abandoned island of Spinalonga. Originally Spinalonga was not an island, but during the Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defense purposes and a fort was built there. During the Venetian rule salt was harvested from salt pans around the island. The island has also been used as a leper colony. This neat deserted island has become even more famous from songs, books, and a popular British tv series.

We also took a day drip to the nearby costal city of Agios Nikolaos, which was a fun town with great shopping and neat sight seeing. We visited the beautiful and famous lake, Voulismeni. Legend has it the lake has no bottom, and during World War I the Germans threw in all of their weapons, tanks, and treasures and several divers have gone down in the lake, but nothing has ever been found.

Crete is a facinating place to spend some time. You can learn so much about the history of Greece here and enjoy the amazing fresh food and the scenic coastal life. You would need to spend weeks here to really see the entire island, or just pick one place and enjoy!


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