October 26, 2012 by tayim
It’s my first travel post and it’s on Crete! Here are 10 things you can do in Crete – off season and in season. Most of them are free, but require a car. I highly recommend a trip to Crete and we would definitely go back.
1. The beach. It’s not the most glamorous beach, but it does the trick. British tourists seemed to love swimming in it. I took a pass and enjoyed the sun, which even in off season is not so bad.
2. Visit the cave of Zeus. Whether you believe the legend or not, this trip offers a nice drive into the Lasithi Plateau, a short hike and a lovely cave. Ignore the sign – if you’re physically fit it’s a great hike to the cave! We were there off season and there were no donkeys.
3. Zeus’s Cave. Cough up a few Euros for entry into this smaller, but worthwhile cave. You must be in good physical condition for this!
4. Go for a drive into the mountains.
5. See the flower fields. Crete has lots of them all over. Don’t pass by quickly – stop and enjoy a moment!
6. Go Greek Orthodox. So it’s not the best picture, but you get the idea. The Greek Orthodox Church holds many festivals and it’s something different to see. Look around for posters in the town announcing festivals or events. This one was Greek Orthodox Easter and they were taking out a Jesus statue for a parade.
7. Cat Watching! The Cretans love cats, who linger near butcher shops and roam freely on the island. It’s just one more reason to slow down, pause and watch daily life.
8. Visit Agios Nikolaos. It’s a touristy port and the food is relatively expensive, however it has unique shops, a festive atmosphere and is a welcome urban stop. There are also short boat excursions (from the marina). One day or a long afternoon is enough to see this place unless you want to do a boat trip.
9. Catch a rainbow – or two! Don’t know if it was our luck or what, but this is what we saw on our climb up into the mountains to visit Zeus’s cave. Keep your eyes peeled – it seems like this moist & mountainous island is just ripe for a rainbow or two.
10. Buy furs! While it’s really not my thing, there are tons of fur stores on the island. I couldn’t help but share this one that offers furs at factorial prices. Which is funny for my fellow math nerds. If you don’t like furs, rename this suggestion laugh at bad English translations – also free, also fun;)