Ierapetra, the southernmost city of Europe with the mildest climate and most hours of sunshine. To Ierapetra you drive from Aghios Nikolaos through a plain that is intensively planted with olive trees. 5 miles before Ieraperta is the village of Episkopi, the previous seat of the Diocese of Ierapetra and...
Peninsula of Spinalonga
Walks, hiking and sandy beaches on the peninsula of Spinalonga. In general, the island in front of Elounda is called ‘Peninsula of Spinalonga’ (meaning ‘long thorn’). Among the locals it is called ‘Kolikitha’, also to clearly distinguish it from the fortress island of Spinalonga. Actually ‘Kolikitha’ is no longer a...
Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Following the end of WW2 , Heraklion expanded at a fast tempo, primarily around 1950-1960, because of the touristic expansion of the area and whole Crete. So, many hotels in Heraklion have been established alongside tourist facilities and museums. It is a modern-day city, industrial...
Crete Tip with many photos and videos. True insider information, attractions, sightseeing, tours, hikes and more - first hand tips by a permanent resident of the largest island of Greece !
Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. Its salient geographical position, practically in the middle of the eastern Mediterranean, between the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa played a crucial role in its history, from antiquity to the present.
It has an area of 8,241 sq. km (the islands of Gavdos, Dia and Kouphonisi bring the total to 8,407 sq. km). It is long and narrow, its greatest length being 260 km while its width varies from 60 km to 12 km.
It is rimmed by four seas: the Karpathian to the east, the Myrtoos to the west, the Cretan to the north and the Libyan to the south.
Therefore it promises for the holidays over 300 sunny days a year, with average temperatures which are about more than 10 degrees warmer than in UK and 'migraine' weather is an unknown word here.
Swimming season for the numerous sandy beaches is from May to October and there is a wide variety of water sports, magnificent hiking trails, mostly friendly and hospitable locals, interesting archaeological sites and welcoming hotels right on the beach for a relaxing holiday.
One who stays all his holidays at the beach or pool of his hotel complex will indeed recover gorgeous - but misses a lot. Because the island is much more than a beautiful sunny island, it's the spiritual home of Europe ! Here existed a high culture long before the mainland awoke !
The history of the discovery of these early European flowering period is almost as exciting as the era that came to light.
Indeed, here you can walking in the mountains and living close to the sea ! The islands holds ideal combinations ready for all interests. There is nothing more beautiful than to swim after a daylong trip in the mountains or along the coastline - or just to spend the evening in a seaside tavern.
On Crete Tip the island is not presented like 'the usual' on most other travelling and tourist sites, where only the beautiful holiday (dream) world exist, but the reality, which is then not so stained like the glossy photos of the travel portals.
Therefore, to convey the concern of a longtime resident of the island, to create most possible objective and unvarnished reports of sights, excursion and holiday destinations, news, tips and also problems from first-hand of the largest Greek island !
Norman, the Kretaner