A Travel Guide to Crete.

Here we go guys, my last article from my trip to Crete. Finally, you could say (and I am saying it too), but I really wanted to share with you a few of my Cretan adventures as I had great ones!
So in today's post you will find out all the good addresses I went to and the things you really have to do and see if you happen to travel to this beautiful Greek island.

As you may all understood already I had a wonderful time in Crete! We spent a peaceful and awesome holiday trip. It has been a long time that I wanted to discover Greece and/or its islands and I couldn’t dream of a better trip! September was really the perfect time of the year to come there because there were not a lot of tourists and the weather was still super hot!

I loved everything about Crete: the food, the greek culture, the people, the beautiful landscapes and of course greek yoghurt (my favorite!)… I could see myself come back here every year to be cut off from the world and recharge my batteries. I was really mesmerized by the generosity, the kindness, the happiness and the joy of living of the Cretan inhabitants! I am so grateful for this wonderful experience and to have shared it with my family.

We spent our holidays on the north west side of the island so the addresses bellow will only be located in this area.

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FALASARNA

IMG_1452I think that the pictures above are speaking for themselves and I do not need to tell you that this place is wonderful! The water is so clear there with a beautiful turquoise color. Those beaches are stunning to watch when you are driving up on the hills on your way down. You will probably make a quick stop to take photos and enjoy the breathtaking view!
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WHERE TO STAY

IMG_1206IMG_1221IMG_1220IMG_0597Cormoranos Appartment, Nopigia.
We rented an apartment in a small village which was located 500 meters away from the beach. The Zen and family atmosphere of the hotel was perfect for our family trip. We had a great welcoming by the owners who were very kind. Every morning we woke up to a delicious breakfast which was freshly made by the owners. Served with Cretan specialities, we enjoyed it while watching the mountains or the sea.

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WHERE TO EAT

Processed with RookieIMG_0627IMG_0773IMG_0639IMG_1868IMG_1233IMG_0846BLE LOUNGE BAR, Nopigia.
This place was kind of our second home during our trip and everything about it was awesome! The location, the food, the music, the fresh juices... Nothing taste the same when you eat it or drink it in front of the sea!

IMG_1439IMG_0921IMG_0922The nearest city from our hotel was KISSAMOS, where we discover two great restaurants!

PAPADAKIS TAVERNA654155 Kissamos.
The two pictures above were taken in this place and reflect very well how good the food was there! If you do not know what to choose from the tempting menu of this tavern, you would be inviting to have a tour at the kitchen to help you make up your mind! I am usually not a big fan of dessert but this one was pure heaven!

CAPTAIN FISH TAVERNA, The port Kissamos.
Located on the small port of Kissamos the atmosphere of this restaurant is very intimate and cozy! Everything that we ordered was perfect, but as in all Cretan restaurants, there were too much to eat.

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WHAT TO DO

 

IMG_1900IMG_1239IMG_1910IMG_1911IMG_0986IMG_0991IMG_1907IMG_1241IMG_1237IMG_1236IMG_1898CHANIA.
Located on the north coast, Chania is the second largest city on the island and the capital of the Chania region. This city is really worth visiting during your trip to see its wonderful venetian harbor. You will enjoy walking down the lovely streets of the old town while admiring a lot of jewelry shops.

☽ SHOPPING ☾
There are hundreds of jewelry shops in Chania but you have to be careful where you go because some of them are just tourist trap. However, there are a lot of really nice workshop-shop where you will find unique designs.

ANTONIOU – Angelou 12 Chania, 73100
If you are looking for an original and unique piece this is the place for you. Everything is handmade in the shop in gold or sterling silver embellished with beautiful gemstones.

LAPIS –  17 Chalidon street, Chania 73134
If you are an ancient jewels lover you have to go to this shop! They've got a stunning selection of one-of-a-kind pieces.

JUST BRAZIL –  34  Karaoli & Dimitriou street, Old City 73 100
Beachwear store with a bohemian style, selling all kind of items you need to go to the beach or just for your home.

☽ RESTAURANT ☾

TAMAM – 49 Zambeliou street, Chania 73100
Within a 16th century hammam nestled into a little narrow street of the old town, sits the charismatic taverna Tamam. The food was delicious but the welcoming could have been a little more likeable.

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-KYRIA MARIA TAVERN- 

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Moshovitou 20Réthymnon, Crète 74100. (website)
Before we headed off to the airport on our last day, we went to another Venetian city named Rethymon. We had lunch to a lovely tavern were I ate the best vegan plate ever! Everything was perfect there for our very last Cretan meal.

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