Crete is a place apart – not just another Greek island, more like a separate country. Crete lies on the same latitude as Tunisia with the same baking hot summers; but here pleasantly tempered by breezes from the sea.
The land is infinitely varied – mountain ranges rise up to 8,000 feet, Europe’s deepest gorge winds for twelve miles through rock walls at times 1,000 feet high, and countless beaches lead to a clear blue sea. Add to these high alpine meadows, well watered plains and valleys, a rich archaeology, and flora and fauna as yet largely unthreatened and you have a country worth a visit.
Holidays In Crete
But the most striking aspect of this land is its people. Shaped by centuries of struggle against oppression, they are as rugged as the mountains, fiercely independent, and passionately loyal to Crete and one another. Read ‘Zorba the Greek’ for a marvellous evocation of the people and the place – or any other of Kazantakis’ novels.
It is a good idea to hire a car and explore. You needn’t go far, because the holiday trades confined largely to the four main towns and the coast. Any working village will reward your effort – perhaps with an invitation to a celebration (there’s always something to celebrate!) or just to drink raki at the coffee shop, you never know. Seek out a Minoan palace, a mountain plateau, a Byzantine monastery. Turn southwards into the high, wild hinterland for the essence of an ancient legend-haunted land.
Quite unlike any other island Crete is for travellers as well as for tourists. It is an experience not to be missed.
Tueday day flight from Gatwick or Manchester to Chania. Then transfer by coach or taxi to your accommodation.