So as promised here is the next instalment in the TBT travel series I’m doing- Check out last weeks post here. This week we’re talking about Crete.
Greece is my favourite place for a chilled summer holiday as there’s a choice of so many unique islands which all have their own charm and beauty.
Last year me and Josh went on our first couples holiday to the largest Greek island, Crete. We went at the end of May to coincide with my birthday, so the weather was gorgeous but it wasn’t too busy as it fell just before the school holidays. We traveled with Jet2Holidays as they had a great deal on and you get 22Kg of baggage included which is always a plus.
We stayed at the Bella Beach Hotel in the Hersonissos resort. I cannot recommend this hotel enough, it deserves all of its 5 stars, the room was beautiful, the pool wasn’t crowded, the staff were pleasant and the food was lovely. This hotel is suitable for couples or families as there are kids club facilities available and it is a 30 second walk (if that) from the hotel to the beach. The only thing to be aware of whilst packing is that the restaurant has a dress code for the evening meal, so just don’t rock up in your hot pants.The staff were so nice that when we checked out 8 hours before our transfer for our evening flight they offered us free use of the spa facilities so we could enjoy one last pool day but still have a shower before the airport.
We chose to go all inclusive just for ease but there are plenty of bars and places to eat in the surrounding area, we chose to venture out for a few nights just to mix up the food a bit.
Usually a rep will visit your hotel within a day of your arrival and offer any excursions available, we chose to do a couple because although I like nothing more than to laze around the pool reading, I do like to get out and about to see some of the country I’m in.
The first trip was to the waterpark, Watercity. Now I’ve been here before when I came to Malia on a Girls Holiday (keep your eyes out for future posts) and I knew it was a fun day out. Its a long day but its so fun, but make sure you pack your suncream as there isn’t much shade. It costs around 30 euros but this gets you entry for the whole day and a coach to and from your hotel, if you’re a young couple or have children this is a great day out.
The other place we visited whilst in Crete was the historic island of Spinalonga. Now this was an early start (7am!!) but well worth it. I even found the coach journey enjoyable, but that’s because I love everything about Greek history and the tour guide was telling us about all the old myths as we drove across the island. Next was the short boat trip from the port to the island, followed by a full tour round the island. The island is of interest as for decades it was used as a leper colony and it is also fully fortified from the Venetian era. After our morning tour we then continued on the boat for a tour round the island which ended with the boat docking at a beautiful, secluded beach which you could swim to from the boat. This was lovely, until Josh got cramp and accidentally tried to drown us both in open water. The day finished with a home cooked BBQ and then the journey back home. If you’re looking to find a bit of culture and history in Crete this would be the perfect trip to get you away from the pool for a day, even Josh said he enjoyed it and he isn’t even as into history as I am.
There are so many other tips and activities available if you have a look before hand or just ask your rep. I really do have a soft spot for Crete, it’s the perfect place to go if you just want to relax and unwind somewhere slightly off the beaten track.
Where are your favourite summer holiday locations? Do you have any suggestions for visits whilst in Crete?