What to expect while visiting Crete Island

Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Crete Island, Greece

The following few tips will help you to enjoy this magical island of Greece.

The Basics

Crete Island has it all. From the remnants of brilliant civilizations, to sunny beaches, to impressive mountains capes, to steep gorges, to delightful climate, to buzzing nightlife and the Greek gastronomic, just to mention but a few.

Crete Island, Greece

How to Get Around

The best choice to discover Crete Island during your vacation, is by renting a car. In this greek island, it’s possible to combine quality vehicles at cheap prices.

From some of our past experiences, bus tours are not always the way to go. The knowledge and efficiency of tour operators vary, and some tours offered can be wanting.

Crete Island, Greece

Too often, the excursions translate into time consuming bus rides with drop offs at shopping centers or hotels or to souvenirs’ shops or to a restaurant belonging to the tour guide’s sister in law.

For us, a rental car made our journey comfortable and flexible. It gave us the freedom to go anywhere we liked, at any given time.

Feral Cats in Crete Island

Are you a cat lover? Then Crete Island is a holiday destination for you.

We were struck by the sight of cats roaming on the streets, others dozing off in the archaeological sites, and loitering around restaurants looking for  handouts

Most of these cats in Crete Island are feral cats. As a matter of fact, they are not vaccinated or spayed.

Crete Island, Greece

We encountered so many starving cats, with unkempt appearances and also skinny framed cats which is absurd.

In real sense, majority of the travelers are irritated by the begging cats at the restaurants. This is how it is with travel; one city gives you gifts, another robs you. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation.

You can’t flush the toilet paper In Crete

In the vast majority of accommodations, cafes, bars, shops and restaurants in Crete, you can’t flush the toilet paper down the toilet. 

This is because much of the Crete’s sewage systems are installed by use of small pipes that simply cannot cope with toilet paper waste.

Crete Island, Greece

A pedal bin is usually provided by the side of the WC in which toilet paper should be placed. Everywhere in the Crete Island, you will always see a “no paper in here please” sign above the toilet seats.

Being a first timer visitor in Crete Island, this is a culture shock but hey, when in Rome, do as the Romans do! Just take a box of scented napkins with you.

Conclusion

Crete Island is a popular travel and vacation destination with so much variety. The picturesque scenery, the rich history, the traditional small villages, and exotic sandy beaches, are the charm to this Greek island. Another one for your bucket list!

Crete Island, Greece

A Travel Quote


“It is impossible that a town will not play a part in your life, it does not matter whether you have good or bad things to say of it, it draws your mind to it, by a mental law of gravitation.”  Isak Dinesen

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