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Crete
Crete
#About the Largest Island in Greece

The Mediterranean atmosphere in Crete is perfect. Between the remains of a glorious past, one is greeted by a pleasant and friendly local population that speaks a different language but behaves with hospitality in everyone. Nowhere beats Crete when it comes to experiencing the sun-burned Greek charm, with the lazy and relaxed lifestyle of those who have everything and need nothing.

The island, which is the fifth largest of the Mediterranean islands, is considered the largest of the Greek islands. Who has not ruled here throughout history? There were the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans, the Venetians, and the Germans in World War II.

This island is a treasure. Crowds of tourists flock here every year, searching for the sea, the sun, the excellent food and some of the remnants of the Minoan culture, born here and the pioneer of Western cultures.

Apart from high mountains and small villages, beaches and blue bays, olive groves, bubbling nightlife and delicious taverns, Crete also has wooded hills, fertile soil and densely cultivated valleys, deep canyons, unique archeological sites, steep cliffs that rise from small beaches and sandy bays and bright villages.

The mountainous part of Crete is characterized by high mountains with fruit trees and endless olive groves. The local estimates is that the island has over 20 million olive trees.

This is actually a chain of mountains, which divides the island of Crete in two, and separates its southern and northern parts. Interestingly, if the major cities and popular tourist towns are on the northern coast, those interested can find peace and quiet on the more pleasant, quiet southern beaches and small villages, whose inhabitants live slowly and calmly, some of them still engaged in traditional handicrafts.


#History
The island of Crete preceded Greece and only became part of modern Greece in 1913 after the Balkan wars.

Minoan, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman - the strategic location of the island in the Mediterranean made it a desirable island by empires and rulers. Everyone seemed to have passed through here, leaving their mark.

It all starts with the Minoan culture. Many see Crete as the cradle of Western culture, always referring to the Minoans, which was the first known culture on the continent of Europe.

The Minoan culture was of paramount importance in Greek mythology as well. The legends tell of Zeus's birth in Crete, the father of the Gods and the ruler of the heavens. It was from this place that the Minoan king Minus ruled Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Crete was also the site where Hercules was anchored to complete one of the missions he was given, and this was where Athens, every year, sent a boat laden with human sacrifice.

After Greece, the Romans, the Venetians, and the Ottomans ruled here. At the end of the 19th century, they withdrew from the island, following the rebellions of the islanders. In the early 20th century Crete became part of Greece and during World War II it was conquered by the German army. During the war several battles between them and the Allies took place on its land.


#Entertainment
Among the sites for young people on the island of Crete, Malia is considered the capital of clubs, bars, parties and nightlife.


#Food
Souvlaki, giros, Greek salad, tzatziki, ouzo, feta cheese and seafood are plentiful, but there are many more wonderful dishes offered in Greek tavernas.

The best Taverna experience is to open with the rich Greek Mezes - a collection of excellent Greek starters.

Greek salad is also satisfying and wonderful, especially when the ingredients are fresh and seasoned well. Tavernas will usually do the job.

Meat lovers will be able to find any street is souvlaki, the Greek Shishlik, or Girus, the Greek shawarma. Fish is usually more expensive in these taverns, while octopus and chicken will be cheaper.

The local feta cheese (very high fat percentage) and the large, juicy red grapes.

Another pleasant surprise is the local wine, combined with ouzo and raki that flow through the streets like water add to the light mood of the island.

Just be sure to enter authentic taverns. The waiters do not usher in passerbys, so it is up to you to go on in. The menus are not on display and in the local joints, the menus are generally only in Greek and English. If dogs and cats are hanging around the taverna, it's a good sign- touristy restaurants tend to shoo them away.


#Transportation
If possible, explore the island with a rental car. Some hotels have a representative of a car rental company. If you have taken a local vehicle, carefully check the vehicle thoroughly and make sure that it has full and valid insurance that covers any damage to property or God forbid body injury.


#Tips
A good tip in restaurants and cafes in Greece is 1-3 euros. Before the economic crisis, 20% were given as a tip, but today the tips have dropped significantly. Another option is to leave a restaurant at 10% service charge on a low account or 5% at a high expense. You do not need to tip taxi drivers.


#Greece Country Code
+30


#Electric Outlets
The possible plugs are Type F and C (see link below with photos and details).


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the island in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/8iktgpgaYy4


Local Music:

https://youtu.be/934Befj4aD8


Aerial view:

https://youtu.be/18sYgM3OExg


A Bit From the Local Kitchen:

https://youtu.be/vjLl5jdb2Do
Portes
Portes
#An Excellent restaurant in the City of Chania

Portes Restaurant is an excellent restaurant, perfectly located on the Chania Port. The enjoyable restaurant includes excellent food and family service. Many return to this joint several times during the vacation in the city and testify that it was their favorite.

The woman behind the excellent kitchen and the welcoming restaurant is Susannah, a great mother who is afraid to count the number of delicious, not to say amazing, flavors that flow from the kitchen to the table. The amount of love she lavishes on the food here adds to the chain of wonderful flavors that are experienced here during the meal.

Great salads, excellent fish, ribs and grilled squid and a host of delicacies - it is here you will experience a mother's kitchen from Crete. You will surely pay their price willingly, but the embrace, warm hospitality and the kind eyes are on the house ...
Tamam
Tamam
#The Excellent Restaurant in Chania

The Turkish name of the restaurant, Tamam, means "Good" in Turkish, does not necessarily indicate how the food will taste. It is more to indicate how the local classic Crete kitchen, Greek in its origin, was somewhat inspired by the Turkish kitchen. These are dishes the definitely add to the experience of any customer...

Here and there are touristy restaurants that can surprise you. Making excellent food, located at a great spot, in the center of the old city of Chania, with a once in a lifetime experience - the check will be below 20 euros per person. If there is a God, he is helping Tamam run this restaurant.

There are incredible mezes here, like the wonderful tzazaki and stuffed vine leaves. Try tastings of the smoked ham, some pieces are grilled, and other pieces are covered with a lemon sauce.

The main dishes are great as well. The famous Turkish dish "Imam Biyaldi," a rabbit dish in white wine, and meat dishes that are very tasty and delicious, or slow-cooked baked goods.

At the end of the meal are the desserts, halva, some cold and sweet watermelon with shots of raki to help the food go down, all at a very reasonable price.



#Tips
Vegetarian food is also excellent.

Try the excellent tamarind salad.
Elafonisi Beach
Elafonisi Beach
#The Nearest Beach to Paradise

With pinkish sand, turquoise, warm and shallow water and the appearance reminiscent of a tropical beach, the inhabitants of Crete see the Elafonisi beach as one of the island's most beautiful beaches.

The shallow beach with its warm water shaded by trees, is excellent for families with small children. A tiny village lies right beside it, where a small island is also connected by a lagoon. The island, also called Elafonisi has a walk through the lagoon where one can walk through the shallows to reach the island.

The Elafonisi has the option of an orderly beach, with all the facilities on its eastern side, or the wild, un-commercial beach. Umbrellas, showers, rescue services, and kiosks on the eastern side are suitable for those who love comfort, while on the western side the adventurers and those who love the quiet and nature will find a pristine and less crowded escape.

The coastline is located at the southwestern tip of the island, about 75 kilometers southwest of the city of Chania, which is consistent with the claim that the better beaches in Crete are actually the less developed beaches in the southern part of the island.



#Tips

If you are interested in a quiet and peaceful beach, come to the beach in the afternoon. Starting at 16:00, the buses collect the many tourists in Elafonisi and you can enjoy a quiet and wonderful atmosphere until sunset.


#A Closer Look at the Quiet Side of Elafonisi Beach:

https://youtu.be/dyEc-pHNp3c



#The Area with More Tourists:

https://youtu.be/1bKfH6lC1Fs



#The Atmosphere:

https://youtu.be/5VdfxODRjv4



#With Children

https://youtu.be/2SCgaPcWPXU

Crete

Kissamos
Kissamos
#About the Real Crete

Around Kissamos there are not archeological sites or special tourist attractions, and this is precisely what is attractive about it. Here you can find nature and real local Crete culture.

You can start by going through a narrow canyon with dramatic views, road leading into tunnels through the mountains and the special chestnut valley. The valley is luscious with groves where vines and chestnuts are grown.

At Kissamos there is a fascinating geological phenomena of rock columns called Komolithi, and these are unique to the Crete region.

You will be able to stay in Kissamos in quiet towns, see monasteries and Greek-orthodox churchs, dine with locals in authentic tavernas and enjoy walking in around the uncommercialzied alleyways.



#A Closer Look at the Komolithi Columns:

https://youtu.be/vLeYvVMrko0



#The Wild Kissamos Beach:

https://youtu.be/NFGMevYfp10



#Most Populated Beach Areas in Kissamos:

https://youtu.be/SsNOq9g9jTg
Chania
Chania
#About the Most Beautiful City in Crete

The city of Chania is considered the crown jewel of Crete and one of the most beautiful cities on the island. It was not for no reason that it was chosen as the set of the film "Zorba the Greek". The city combines elements from Greece, Turkey, Venice and even a little taste of the Middle East. Tiled roofs alongside white domes, Turkish balconies overlooking Mediterranean lanes, a cross and church bells alongside the minarets of the mosques and the crescent.

Chania is located in western Crete, in the most interesting and beautiful part of the island. Dating from the end of the 19th century to 1971, Chania served as the capital of Crete. It was after this that Heraklion took the title. Chania is also the second largest city on the island and many come to enjoy its beauty. This is a popular city where crowds spend the tourist season, but despite the stress, it is pleasant and relaxed.

It is recommended to visit in its ancient quarter, located at the Venetian harbor. At the port itself you can see sights such as the Venetian lighthouse and Pyrex fortress. The town has its own Maritime Museum and a successful archaeological museum. If you are interested in weapons, be sure to visit the Venetian weapons warehouses in the ship.

Chania's modern section of the city is an excellent place to take a stroll. There are many pleasant parks to enjoy, a pastoral break from the tour and some family entertainment. The new quarter of the city also has an indoor market, with delicious foods and beverage stalls, and local products such as hand-woven baskets.

Apart from the colorful market in the new part of Chania, the docks at the harbor lend themselves to a romantic night out. If you are in search of a good dinner, you can sit at one of the taverns or choose from the many cafés in the city.



#Architecture

The Venetian Chania was built in 1252 on the ruins of the Minoan city of Kydonia. Remains of the Venetian wall from the past still surround the ancient city of Chania.

Over the years it has been fortified by local residents to protect the locals against pirate attacks. This wall has even enhanced the city's charm and beauty.

Many conquerors came and went. Over the centuries, a fascinating mix of Venetian structures were built in the ancient city of Chania, alongside equally impressive Turkish construction. Greek style was not neglected, and the Venetian, Turkish and Greek mix created a mosaic of influences and styles through this special city.

HInts and shadows left from past wars, including those of World War II, were not erased. Chania was often bombed during the war and was badly damaged. Luckily for us, there are enough preserved areas in the city, allowing us to wander the narrow, long streets and see medieval architecture.

Today, Chania's ancient, graceful and crumbling quarter, with its romantic harbor and colorful, slightly shaky houses, is one of the most pleasant and picturesque places on the island of Crete.



#Tips

Many restaurants are located on Chalidon Street in Chania, as well as numerous jewelry stores.



#A Closer Look at the City of Chania:

https://youtu.be/Efe6YxVbHXI



#Beautiful Chania from Above:

https://youtu.be/kQWMj5YwlzQ
Samaria
Samaria
#About Crete's Ceep Canyon

Samaria is a narrow, deep canyon that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The canyon, located at the southwest of the island, is a particularly impressive national park, considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.

There are a number of trails at different levels of difficulty. Generally, the duration of walking in the canyon is about 6 hours on average the ground is rocky. In the spring and fall there are beautiful flowers and great fun.

Incidentally, the Greeks claim that the canyon is the deepest in Europe. This is a debate, of course, as well as the claim that the 16-kilometer canyon makes it the longest in Europe.

The channel begins in the white mountain region, at the edge of the Umlus Plateau. The walk starts at the first 6 kilometers on a wide channel, followed by the abandoned village of Samaria. From there the narrow section of the canyon begins. There follows a section that separates only 3.5 meters between the cliffs that rise to a height of 300 meters. After a long walk in the canyon one arrives at the Iron Gates, a place where there are no gates and no locks, making it difficult to understand where the name originated… From this point the canyon opens up to a wide valley where the remains of the ancient village Agia Roumeli and the beach are located. The trail ends after an additional two kilometers.



#Tips

Get an early start in the morning to complete the route. Later, the canyon gets crowded.

Those who do not arrive on an organized trip must travel to Omulus, an hour's drive, a bus is available three times a day from Chania.

Do not forget to take good walking shoes, water, a sleeping bag, a hat and food. Some also need warm clothes.

The mountains are covered with thick snow from November to May.

The trip to the canyon is permitted during the months of May to October, though it is chiefly recommended during the spring months - it can get quite crowded in the summer. The bonus is a wonderful flowering of wildflowers.

Be way during the spring for floods- these can cause sudden danger in the canyons in Crete.

Sleeping in the canyon is forbidden.



#A Trip in the Canyon:

https://youtu.be/eoOJcg60cl4



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/e6EmdG7TaiU



#Another Look:

https://youtu.be/j36l7ybliBw
Thalasino Ageri
Thalasino Ageri
#Excellent Restaurant in an Abandoned Port

Thalasino Ageri is located in the abandoned port of suburb east of Chania called Halepa. The tables are almost at water level located around old wooden boats, crumbling warehouses and other authentic and non-touristy elements.

This is a great place to enjoy the sunset, with the gentle breeze and the local atmosphere, in one of the most spectacular and special locations on the island. An even better bonus is the great food here.

It starts with the excellent mezes here, including the typical
Tzatziki, the Greek salad and skordalia, which is a wonderful garlic spread. The great zucchini chips are also a great pick. Fish patties are served on the table, with potatoes spiced with yeast and then calamari with crispy crust, tiny shrimp and sea fish reminiscent of nuts, fish eggs and more.

Since this is a port, seafood is the main attraction on the menu. One can go and pick up the lokos, the brabbles, sardines, grilled octopus, barracuda, swordfish, sabras, calamari and everything the chain has uploaded today.

Do not let the dizzying selection confuse you. The food is excellent. Grilled fish, or fried in pieces or whole - each dish is properly tended to.

Desserts such as homemade semolina or cold watermelon and a cold, sharp raki is a great close to a wonderful meal. From the very first moment, the experience here is really special!


To Maridaki
To Maridaki
#Great Restaurant in the City of Chania

The restaurant To Maridaki is a modern styled place, but still very warm and welcoming.

The unique combination here between a seafood restaurant, with the menu changing daily based on what is caught that day, to a cultural and popular Mediterranean restaurant, with a Turkish atmosphere. This place offers food that fills the soul like a warm family embrace, with local foods, fresh, cultural, from a row pots that sit on the counter.

Next to the seafood options, there are excellent dishes that are slow cooked, like beans in tomato sauce, onion burekas from filo dough stuffed with various meats and chesses, zucchini and mint. A great dish here is the cooked octopus, the lamb and greens dish, meat patties with potatoes and okra.

Staring here is the Crete salad, a local twist on the Greek salad. It includes Myzithra cheese instead of feta, and croutons. Many like the scordia, which goes great with the fish, and at the end of the meal try the local dessert, raki, delicious but not too sweet, with dollops of homemade jam.


Bon Appetite!



#Here are Some of Crete's Delicacies:

https://youtu.be/BI1mm-ME764
Eleftherios Venizelos
#About the graves of the Greek leader Venizelos and his family

At the edge of the city of Akrotiri, heading towards the peninsula of the same name, lies the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos. He was one of the leaders of the Cretan uprising in 1897, which led to the expulsion of the Ottoman Turks from the island.

Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, Eleftherios Venizelos, who came from Crete, became prime minister of Greece and one of the most important Greek leaders in history. He remains an important cultural hero to this day on on the islands of Crete.

As the leader of the Greek nation he was a nationalist and renewed the vision of a "Great Greece." He dreamed and called upon the Greeks to renew the greatness of Byzantium and restore the city to its former glory.

However he wasn't invested in the art, culture, or legal grandeur. His first and foremost concern was reestablishing the "Byzantine empire," that is, the conquest of territories. Equipped with this belief, he led Greece to annex parts of Bulgaria and Turkey and in retrospect brought about the expulsion of the Greeks from Asia Minor.

The tomb of Venizelos has a magnificent view of the entire town of Chania and the Akrotiri Peninsula.
Lefka Ori
#About Crete's White Mountains

Lefka Ori, meaning "white mountains," are a mountain range with 50 peaks who's height is over 2,000 meters. The tallest peak in this mountain range reaches 2,453 meters.

The mountain tops are snow covered during the winter, while during the spring and summer month many visitors come here for a popular 4 day trek, that ends with a walk through the Samarian Gorge on the way to the ocean. While climbing the "white mountains," as they are called in Greek, you will encounter villages of shepherds, mountain views and wooded landscapes,

The mountain range is the tallest in Crete, and is located in the Easter region of Chania, between the Samarian and Imbros Channels. The Lefka Ori is nicknames "Crete's terrace." At their highest the peaks reach over 2,400 meters. This is a hot area, wild and devoid of humans, that in winter is covered in a layer of snow, adding to the silence of the region.

The mountain's history is important. Here rebels fled to and hid during a rebellion against the Ottoman Empire, hiding in caves and gullies in the mountains, which the Turkish soldiers pillages and raided the villages bellow. That was not the first time these caves were used as a hiding place for the people of Crete, who have been occupied by many nations in its history. In the past locals hid here from the Venetians, who ruled the island in the 16th century. During the 20th century locals hid here again from the Nazi occupiers who controlled the island during World War II.


#Tips

In the town and village you can arrange jeep trips around the mountains and hikes as well.

Hiking lovers can join hikes that are about a week long, a hike that leaves Chania in the North and crosses the white mountains until the Southern city of Sfakia.



#A Closer Look at Lefka Ori:

https://youtu.be/_CIAuxKTKm8



#How the Mountains Look in Winter:

https://youtu.be/3CKLDgs5c_c
Lake Kournas
#About the Lake in the Valley

Halfway between Rethymno and Chania, a few kilometers from the town of Georgioupolis, lies Lake Kournas, known as the Hidden Lake. It is a small lake, with clear, sweet water enclosed by hills and the high mountains.

This picturesque lake is a perfect place for a picnic and one of the most pastoral in the island. On its shore are some successful taverns with local food and ducks that can even be fed. It is the only lake in Crete surrounded by mountains.

It is a relatively isolated, hidden lake, located 60 kilometers from the city of Rethymno in a closed valley. This is a great place to spend a few hours of rest, swimming, sailing and good Greek food.

The entertainment here is reminiscent of the past. One can take a swim in the clear water, sunbathe or take an hour's walk around the lake. If you like, you can rent a pedal boat and go sailing on the lake.



#A Closer Look at Lake Kournas:

https://youtu.be/1Jo5fv-CxRU



#An Aerial View:

https://youtu.be/_HpS0gHL51U


#A Family Video:

https://youtu.be/Gi7g512URDI
Stavros
#About the Beach and Village of Zorba the Greek

The village of Stavros is located at the northern part of the Akrotiri Peninsula. It is a fishing village famous for the Sirtaki dance from the film Zorba the Greek, where Anthony Quinn dances on the village shore. The film was released in 1964 and was based on a 1952 book by Nikos Kazantzakis, a Crete native.

The film tells the story of a man who meets a mine worker full of zest for life and leads him to a significant change. Kazantzakis was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and lost it to Albert Camus by the margin of a single vote. That year, Albert Camus died, claiming that Kazantzakis was worthy of the prize and not he.

Incidentally, not many people know that the Sirtaki dance that was immortalized in the film is not a traditional folk dance, but a dance that was invented especially for the film. Following the film's success, the dance became popular all over the world and in Greece itself. It is a unique folk dance created in the cinema.



#The Dancing Scene from Zorba the Greek on the Stavros Shore:

https://youtu.be/fPWU8hy0McY



#The Beach Today:

https://youtu.be/OH0IaxDIn_s



#The Beach from Above:

https://youtu.be/NezCM0IPwcY
Thalassografia
#A Perfect Meze Taverna in Rethymno

Thalassogradia is located next to the ruins of the fortress of Rethymno, and is considered one of the most well known restaurants in the city. Here you can taste a wide variety of Crete cuisine, included seafood, meats, grilled fish and typical island dishes, as well as fresh and delicious pasta. Thalassogradia's specialty is mezes. Some say the meze platters keep getting smaller and smaller through the years, but those who do not know what was before, tend to really enjoy the place!

The taverna's location is perfect, near the city's fortress and Rethymno's Museum of Archeology, it is built like a terrace to the ocean with, seeming endless, a meal here is a treat for the eyes and the mouth.

The Thalassogradia in Rethymno, a restaurant you will be happy to try. Bon Appetite!
Rethymno
#About the prettiest city in Crete

The coastal city of Rethymno is a pleasant Turkish-Venetian city, with a Venetian fortress built in the 15th century to protect the city. This is the third largest city in Crete, and lies on the shores of a sandy bay, with palm trees.

In Rethymno there is a beautiful harbor, picturesque alleys and a fort from the Venetian period. There are fascinating styles of architecture in the streets of the old city- stone houses from the Venetian period have wooden balconies added to the houses during Ottoman rule. Beside these are houses painted white and blue in the Greek style, along with a selection of creative and modern colors. The beauty of the fusion between new and old has a special charm.

A great evening activity is a night out in the vibrant Venetian quarter, which has many taverns and cozy terraces. The food in the mazettes here are excellent.

Some of the taverns play local music featuring the lyra, an ancient three-string instrument which is still played here. Greek music has its own special sound, with elements from the East, and even Turkey. The instrument in the form of a lute is similar to the Arab Bosoki, which is called a Tambour.

During an evening out one can take in the atmosphere of the freedom here, the sounds of raki glasses clinking with the Yamas, the locals' "cheers," who laugh for pleasure. It's not to be missed!

The campus of the University of Crete is located in Rethymno. The students bring a young vibe into the city, even after the busy tourist season. In July, two traditional events are held in Rethymno: the city's wine festival and the Renaissance Festival, which offers artistic performances of theater, cinema and dance.



#A Closer Look at Rethymno:

https://youtu.be/z0UlYoWYKMY



#The City from Above:

https://youtu.be/3egqgfX0lyo



#A Video of Rethymno:

https://youtu.be/4JsOWXV6lro
Plakias
#About the Charming Beach and Town

Plakias was once a peaceful and picturesque fishing village on the waterfront in southern Crete. Today the spot has become a charming little town, with beaches reminiscent of the Far East.

It is hidden in a small bay and apart from landscapes, a pleasant atmosphere and a sea breeze, it is one of the most popular places on the island and a favorite haven for beach lovers. The sandy beach is great for swimming and water sports, it is well organized and ideal for a full day's entertainment.

In the surrounding area, one can go hiking. If you choose to head east towards Damnoni you will find more isolated beaches, some of which are even nudist beaches.



#A Closer Look at Plakias:

https://youtu.be/1W5AQMWVxLk



#A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/SohyGQC-NgE
Moni Arkadiou
#About the Monastery That Did Not Surrender to the Turks

The Moni Arkadiou Monastery was established during the Venetian reign on the island. Its facade is built in the Baroque style and contains quite interesting artwork. It is located approximately 25 kilometers south of Rethymno.

The importance of the monastery is mainly historical. In 1866 Greek rebels were barricaded here, trying to expel the Ottomans from Crete.

This was at the end of the failed revolt. The monastery served as a fortress where 150 Greek rebels and their families barricaded themselves. When the rebels, headed by their leader Abbott Gabriel, saw the Turks succeed in conquering the monastery and began to slaughter them and their families, they preferred to blow up the building and sacrifice themselves rather than fall into the hands of the besieging the monastery.

Since then, the monastery has been a Greek symbol of heroism and freedom. Though the rebellion against the Ottomans failed, years later the island of Crete was liberated and became once more a part of Greece.

The gunpowder warehouse on the northern side of the monastery complex is worth a visit. This was where the the heroic explosion of the rebels took place. There is also a small museum where you can see memorabilia from the historical event, such as clothes with the blood of the victims is still visible.

In addition to its history, the monastery is a nice and well-kept area that will interest visitors not keen on church sightseeing. However a visit to the impressive church from 158 in the courtyard of the monastery is still very enjoyable.



#A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/N4n2HwqLR1Q


Preveli
#About the Waterfall on the Pleasant Preveli beach

The estuary at the Perveli Canyon, also known as palgrove, is where the river flows into the sea. It is a sandy bay at the mouth of the Kourtaliotis channel, which creates, along with the spring, a delta that flows into the sea.

Not far from the beach are palm trees and oleander, along with the waterfalls, freshwater pools and palm groves, creating a beach that resembles a tropical lagoon. This experience is enhanced by the clear waters of Preveli beach.

History buffs may find the Moni Monastery an interesting attraction. Located two kilometers away from Preveli, its proximity to the seashore and relative isolation contributed to the fact that this monastery was used by the inhabitants of Crete who rebelled against the Turks. However the rebellion against the Ottomans failed and they suffered many losses at the hands of the Turks, until they were defeated.

Either way, the beach is very pleasant and beautiful and over the years it became the "poster" of Crete- one of the most photographed parts of the island to depict this magical place.



#Tips:
Keep in mind that the beach may be full of people, especially during tourist season.

There is a scuba diving center with diving activities for different levels.



#A Closer Look at Preveli Canyon:

https://youtu.be/rO7Y0Jcm6zw



#The Town and the Beach:

https://youtu.be/rq6gOQI_OB8
Agios Pavlos
#About the Small Village with Amazing View to the Sea

On the southern side of Crete is Agios Pavlos, a traditional village with spectacular panoramic views of the Gulf of Márra.

The village, which is located on the beach, has huge sand dunes and many people enjoy spending time playing in the sand and running down from the top of the dunes to the sea. It is a delight for children and parents with a young spirit. This is a great attraction in addition to the excellent beach itself.



#A Closer Look at the Village and Beach of Agios Pavlos:

https://youtu.be/uq2VcjwbVAw



#The View and Beach from the Village:

https://youtu.be/7IvzxNDxFps



#A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/l-dGGPPmUds
Matala Beach
#About Matala Beach - The Hippy Beach

Matala beach is a sandy beach the started getting popular around the 1960's, and turned into a hippy beach, for the American "Flower child."

The beach lays in a cliff area, filled with rock-hewn caves, that have been used throughout the island's history for a variety of uses. From digging in the caves on the beach, researchers have learned a lot about the history of the area, from the Minoan period on. During the Roman period these caves were used as burial sites.

In the 1960's young Americans discovered the beach looking for peace and love. So the place that during the Minoan period was the city's port of Festus, and in the days of Greek mythology, Greek god Zeus brought Princess Europe here - to the beach of the "hippies" who opposed the Vietnam War, sang and played the Beatles and Bob Dylan, lived in the ancient Roman burial caves, and turned into communities the suntanned naked and sang protest songs.

This is where Joan Baez was discovered, the singer who began her career in Matala and became a national figure in America in the late 1960's.

Today the beach still attracts many tourists, some come to enjoy the sixties atmosphere its free spirit, while others come to Matala for the small towns, the lively nightlife here, and the hotels in the north end.



#A Closer Look at Matala Beach

https://youtu.be/Sx5d19INgvQ



#The Hippy Caves at Matala Beach:

https://youtu.be/0npUrd3dfQA



#A Look at the Beach in the early 1970's:

https://youtu.be/qiXqopbiPjg



#The Beach Today:

https://youtu.be/zG6Xp5reoss
Axos
#About the Small Village with the Glorious Past

The village of Axos is built upon the ruins of a Byzantine city, which is also the home of Aphrodite's Temple. According to Homer, Axos was one of the prominent cities in the chain of major cities of the island of Crete in ancient times.
In fact, the existence of Axos was already mentioned in the Mycenaean period. This city has been mentioned since the beginning of the 13th century BC. According to the historian Herodotus, it reached its peak in prosperity during the 7th - 8th centuries BC.

The archaeological finds and historical artifacts found here in the excavations are no longer in the village itself. They were transferred to the museum in Heraklion.

Today, it resembles a typical village. Today's village of Axos is peaceful and typical to those in the Greek islands. It sports some nice shops and a village bar with lion heads, an enjoyable spot to spend some time before continuing on one's travels.

Axos is about an hour and a half drive from Heraklion and a 10-minute drive from the village of Anogia.



#Nightlife in Axos:

https://youtu.be/25Yxc-RCfp4
Ammoudara Beach
Heraklion port
Gortis
Heraklion
Knossos Palace