A honeymoon in Crete is a lifetime experience for couples from all over the world. A memorable experience to cherish for a lifetime. It is the largest island in the Aegean. In Crete there is an abundance of things to do and places to see. Despite its highly developed tourism it has maintained its traditional traits. Once you reach your destination and taken to your accommodation you can plan wisely and carefully your itinerary. The more days you stay on the island the better, as there are so many places to explore and enjoy. You can have a luxurious, busy stay or a more romantic secluded one.
Because of the size of the island and its diversity, it is advisable to hire a car for some of days to explore the mountainous region where you can visit old traditional villages and be spoilt by the hospitable locals.
Arriving in Chania
You can arrive in Chania by ship from Piraeus or by charter flight during the months of April to October. You can choose accommodation to satisfy your needs and budget. You can stay at a luxurious, elegant hotel with all amenities your heart desires or settle in a more secluded boutique hotel. A room overlooking the open sea and the fabulous lighthouse of the old harbor offers the most romantic wake up. Chania is one of the oldest cities in Crete, surrounded with lots of historic sights worth seeing. Take a city tour in an effort to visit some of great importance, such as the Maritime Museum, the Archaeological museum, further away Venizelos Graves with a spectacular view of the harbor. In the evening stroll in the old town admiring buildings of Venetian and Turkish architecture. It is one of the most famous picturesque cities in Greece. Enjoy shopping for presents and have a drink or meal at one of its waterfront restaurants.
There are many sandy beaches in the region that should be visited either by the regional bus or organized day excursions. If you are willing to travel a bit further, through villages and unspoiled nature, you can reach Elafonissi beach and Paleochora among others. Elafonissi is a popular tourist attraction, allowing you to wade in the warm waters of the lagoon and walk to the island or swim in the crystal clear deep waters of the sea. During the summer months there are sunbeds, showers and tavernas for simple meals.
Another day trip you can take while in Chania is a visit to Palaiochora, there are boat trips and bus journeys from Chania. The village is located on a peninsula with a sandy beach on one side and a pebbled on the other. If you are a nature lover you can go trekking along the splendid Samaria Gorge.
Rethymnon: The Castle city
Getting away from Chania to Rethymno you can see the great coastline of Crete. Arriving at the city your eyes -catch the impressive sight of the Fortezza, a castle built by the Turks. Opposite the castle you find the Archaelogical Museum housing findings from antiquity not far away there is the Ecclesiastical Museum with many valuable exhibits, while there you can visit the Contemporary art Gallery as well as the Museum of Cretan Lyra and other traditional musical instruments. Although it attracts many tourists it has maintained its Venetian and Turkish architecture. In the old section of the city you can shop for souvenirs, fashionable jewelry and in Souliou Street you can buy handmade pottery, and locally picked herbs.
Surrounding Rethymno there are many beaches and hotel resorts, Perivolia, Platanias, Sfakaki, Stavromenos just to name a few. So if you wish you can stay at one of them so as to be closer to Heraklio the next city to be visited.
Heraklio: The biggest city in Crete
Heraklio situated on the eastern region of Crete is the most visited place. Here you should spend a few days in a popular resort or at more secluded area. There are plenty of historic sites one must visit, so it is best to take a guided day trip to the Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaistos, the caves of Matala, Castles and Byzantine Monasteries . There are many beaches, all well-organized with sunbeds, clean waters for a refreshing swim, beach bars where you can have a few ‘sfinakia’ some also offer watersports. As there are many hotels to suit your taste and budget you can stay in this region till the time comes to return.. Since there is an international airport and the main harbor to catch your fast ferry back to Piraeus.
Gastronomy in Crete
It goes without saying that eating out is no problem as rests and local tavernas are everywhere you go, from mountaintops to waterfronts. You will definitely have ‘dakos’ chopped tomato, with xinomyzithra (cheese) oregano on top of softened barley rusk olive oil poured on top. Other appetizers include kallitsounia, savory pies or lychnarakia ad for the main course you can try ‘gamopylafo’ wedding pilaf, rice cooked in meat broth without any sesoning but very delicious. Of course fresh fish and sea food is served everywhere. Domestic wine is plentiful even more so ‘raki’.
In Crete you can stay as long as you wish and you can afford. The more you stay the more you need to see and do. You will always want to come back for more.