The Island of Crete
send me their desired itineraries to Greece
for comment and suggestions. Many times along
with their 3 days in Mykonos and two days in
Santorini they want to do 2 days in Crete. My
advise to them is to forget it. Unless they
have at least a week to spend on Crete, I tell
them to go elsewhere else. Crete is simply too big
and too multi-dimensional to breeze in and out
of for a couple days. It would be like
stopping in New York for a couple hours.
What's the point if all you will see is Times
Square? That being said, you could still go to Crete if you don't have a full week, just don't plan to see the whole island. If you just tell yourself that this is the first visit to a place that you will return to, then start with Chania this trip. You can treat it as the first date of a long relationship.
There is lots to
see on Crete. While the
mountain villages and coastal towns on the
Eastern and Western tips of the island have
retained their traditions and their beauty,
towns like Malia, and many of the beach towns
in Northern Crete are centers of
British package tourism and gigantic hotels
owned by international travel cartels who have
turned much of Crete into Nassau with Mousaka.
Not to discourage those who are looking for a
Club-Med style vacation. If that's what you
want, it is certainly here in quantity and in
quality and two days in Crete is fine, though
you might as well have spent the time on
whatever island resort you just came from
since it was probably not much different from
what you will find in Crete.
But I have come to
praise Crete, not to discourage those
travelers who come to Greece looking for the
real thing. Crete is spectacular and if you
take the time to get to know it, you will
Crete is full of foreigners who came for a visit, some on package tours, and ended up returning year after year and eventually buying a house and living here permanently. My focus is on Chania so after you have read my Quick Tour of Crete which is just a sort of overview of the entire island, go right to the Chania pages for the real meat of this website. If you have a week or so Crete is one of the best places in the world to spend it. If you have two
weeks or more it is even better.