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Fabulous beaches in the region
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A close friend of mine invited me to Heraklion last summer. To be honest I was very thoughtful at first because of the long trip but I was finally persuaded.

The town of Heraklion is actually more brustling that the other places around. It has the main elements of a city such as hundreds of stores, too much traffic, full of hotels. The road full of cafeterias and restaurants is at Plateia Venizelou. As far as I've seen, the architecture of Heraklion is influenced by the Venetians. We mostly focused on the beaches and night entertainment.

For a day trip, we went to Matala, a beach famous by hippies in the 60s and 70s. Today it has several accommodations nearby, plus the rocky cliffs create a beautiful landscape. It was very crowded, all day long, except if you go quite early in the morning.

Another day we visited a beach called Stalida, about 40 min drive east of Heraklion. It is a shallow sandy beach where at one side it has pine trees offering a great shade for those who do not have umbrellas while the other side is more organized. This is a popular tourist spot attracted by the wide range of water spots. However, when there is wind huge waves break on the coast creating interesting scenery.



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Enjoy your stay
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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete has all the attributes for a great holiday experience with the added attraction of some of the world's most famous and intriguing archaeological sites. We stayed at the Blue Bay Hotel last June, it's a wonderful hotel, we had a room at the front with both sea & pool view, would highly reccomend it! The people there make the difference as so friendly, this resort is beautiful and it has great beaches, also some peaceful ones. Enjoy your stay in Crete, it's a magical island.



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Beautiful beaches
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Agia Pelagia in Heraklion Crete was our destination a few summers ago, a small village that seemed to come alive with tourists. Tourists were even more than residents there. The quiet place and the beautiful beaches was perfect to relax and get ready for another busy winter. We rented a car from the airport of Heraklion to go to Agia Pelagia and dropped it off at the airport again, when we were leaving.

We drove to the small bays around the village and made a visit to Heraklion Town. Beautiful town with strong castle and cheap restaurants, however it was impossible a nightmare to find a parking seat. It took us 45 minutes to squeeze it in the end between two other cars. Also you must really put more signs to show the way out of the city. We got lost and made circles for many time to find the way to Agia Pelagia. Finally we asked a local man for directions.



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Needs a summer to see all
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The first time that I saw Heraklion port, as the ferry was approaching, I was disappointed because it was just like an imitation of Piraeus. Heraklion is a big crowded city and the locals were driving like crazy! But as a town it has a lot to offer you related to tourism luxurious hotels, numerous places to see, sports activities etc. Locals were very friendly and most of them speak English.

My husband could not stop taking pictures of Knossos Archaeological monument and of the marvelous village Archanes which received the 2 place award of the most traditional village in whole Europe! My children literally fell in love with the Aqualand in Hersonissos. Me, I could not resist to this salad they made there (takos if I remember correct) with tomatoes, tacks, feta cheese and caper along with a shot of raki drink which is actually really strong!

The fact of some waiters trying to force passers-by into certain restaurants at Lions Square its disappointing!

Renting a car is essential because Crete is a large island and you will need at least an entire summer to swim to all the great beaches, visit all the archaeological sites and see all that it has to offer you from the smallest traditional village to an enormous luxury hotel area as Elounda!



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Construct better roads and signs
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Heraklion town is worth only for its castle and the port. This is the main transportation hub in Crete. All fish taverns in the waterfront are great and very cheap. We found grilled fish for 20 euros, while in other places it costs 50! Fresh fish is Greece is sold by kilo in Greece and it can be very expensive. Otherwise, the town doesn't have much to do. Very busy and streets are frustrating. Although we had a map, we couldn't find our way from the highway to the port and eventually we found it by chance.

Worth to see are the beaches close to Heraklion. Try Hani Kokkini and Agia Pelagia. Paleokastro is also famous but it was windy when the day we went there. Malia has a nice beach, but nightlife is awful, especially if you are not 20! We wanted also to visit the mainland of Heraklion but managed to go only to some villages around the town.

Roads were very bad and narrow, put more signs and especially signs in English. I was surprised that such a tourist place like Crete had signs only in Greek in many spots. How are we supposed to understand them? Maps can be of help, but sometimes they send you from roads that are more direct but really bad.



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Stalida
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A recent holiday in Crete left us with a dilema. We had forgotten to pack a very important greeting card, fortunately we found a british couple who import and sell greeting cards.We thought this information could benefit other people with a similar problem. Barbs cards is situated in the stalida shopping centre,they seem to be the only shop open in the centre but are well worth a short walk as Andy & Barb are very friendly and stock many other items such as gifts,mementoes as well as beach items and postcards stamps as well as a huge stock of cards (cheaper than uk prices)



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Myrtos Crete
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Myrtos is possibly the most southerly settlement in Greece and although off the beaten track it is worthy of a visit... Lying a little to the west of Ierapetra, the village's shingle beach looks out over the Libyan Sea towards North Africa. The fresh salad you'll get here will have been supplied by one of the many glasshouses that surround the village, growing everything from bananas tomatoes and aubergines, to peppers and cucumbers.


This sleepy little village is popular with the Greeks themselves and makes an excellent base for exploring the south east of Crete.


Walkers can enjoy the hill country around the fertile Myrtos River Valley. The Pyrgos Minoan site is nearby and the Bronze Age remains of a settlement at Phournou Koripi.


The village has three supermarkets, a bakery and a number of taverna’s open until the end of October.




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A lot of nightlife and fun
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I didn't like Heraklion town itself but the surroundings were amazing. We stayed with some friends of ours in Hersonissos, a lovely village with a lot of hotels. I didn't like Hersonissos beach and that is why we would usually go to Ammoudara, a very long and sandy beach which was unfortunately too crowded. There was a lot of nightlife on Crete and in general had enough fun. What I didn't like was the high price of the car rentals and the bad condition of some roads, especially in the Crete mainland. We were used to driving in big motorways and found some difficulty with those tiny and rough roads.



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Lovely beaches
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The beaches are lovely, and there is a kind of beach for every taste. Personally Ii loved Agia Ppelagia Beach. My favorite things on Heraklion were the waters-ports and motorbiking. The food can be delicious if you stay away from the tourist places where they serve the same things everywhere, and the prices are rediculous. Eat the greek plates as much as you can. They are quite ok. Don't stay at just one place. Crete has something new to offer for every mile you go. Go around the island and you'll be pleased.



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Dont Miss Knossos
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Heriklion is a busy, dirty city like New York or Rome. The city is surrounded by a huge wall built in the 1500's, which is in itself an amazing site. The nightlife is not particularly memorable, but if you get away from the harbor you can find a good restaurant at a decent price. But the main reason to stay here is to visit Knossos. It's an ancient city a short bus ride away. Busses leave from the main terminal every 20 minutes during the day and round trip is only a few Euros. The Knossos site is extensive and fascinating. I paid 10 Euros for a guide and she was well worth the price. In summer, take lots of water and sunblock!



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