Our vacation started by a strike of the airport personnel in Heraklion and it took us a few hours to get to the hotel. Yes, hotel, this was my fist and so far only ever self-booked hotel vacation with breakfast and dinner included. My ex wasn’t a fond of backpacking so this was our compromise. I liked to go away for longer periods of time, the maximum of what he agreed on was 12 days away from home. I agreed to only one hotel by incorporating various daytrips and at least one meal outside the hotel each day. That’s how we spend our summer vacation in 2015 on the Greek island Crete. Would I do it again? With kids, maybe, but as a couple or solo traveler, I prefer to have more diversity, so rather not. Don’t get me wrong, the service was really good, everyone was friendly, the food was tasty, everything clean and I still enjoyed it. We had a great time, just very different from the type of traveling I rather do. This was not traveling, it was vacation. Having breakfast at an accommodation is nice, it makes you leave in the morning without the urge to find a nice place soon. But I would rather stay open for food on the go as for the other meals. Still, our view right at the coast wasn’t too bad.
A bus from the airport took us to the tourist town Malia. Why such a touristy town? Another compromise since he wanted diverse restaurants and bars around. Would I stay there again or recommend someone to stay there? With kids, maybe yes. For all the others, better choose a more authentic town and if you want to see diverse places get a car, motorcycle or a quad.
Our first day trip took us to the famous Samaria Gorge for a day of hiking. I love being in nature and since we went short before the summer season at the end of May there weren’t too many tourists with us. Still, I am afraid of heights and was out of shape. It was a hard time for me. The gorge is 17 kilometers long and takes you from 1200 meters hight to sea level. As today I got a few more hikes behind me and challenged my fear of heights a couple of times, I am sure I would do way better today. Anyway, they give you enough time to get though it but especially the first hour of just going down on small a rocky path was hard for me. At the end, the view and nature around us was absolutely worth it. My recommendation: Wear good shoes, I had the bad idea to go with Chucks and bring a big water bottle. You can refill it on the way with fresh water.
Chania and Rethymnon
Next day trip brought us to a few bigger cities. First of all Chania, the oldest city on the island. Very touristic but beautiful. The second city we saw that day was Rethymnon
Exploring the surroundings
Another daytrip took us by quad through the rough nature, up a mountain and into an again very touristy cave. We should have gotten a off road quad because we really pushed ours to the limit.
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