"Crete - My dream island" Crete Island by oriettaIT

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Balos beach - Gramvousa peninsula

I took this photo during my second visit to Crete August 2005, now it is hanged in my home to remind me one of the most beautiful place I have ever seen

South West Crete

I have been in almost every place all around Crete island. My favourite part is South West, starting from Matala follow the coast clockwise to Chania area. There are many wonderful scenic beaches, Elafonissi, Falassarna and of couse Balos beach in the Gramvousa peninsula, but there are also nice and quite costal village like Matala and Paleochora. Here you can find good greek restaurants and cheap and comfortable studios or family run hotel.

As I am still building this page, feel free to ask me about everything you want to know, I love to talk about Crete.

Places I know in Crete (have been there on 2003,2005 or 2006)
- Ierapetra
- Chrissi Island
- Agios Nicolaos
- Istron
- Vai
- Itanos
- Moni Toplou
- Kritsa
- Panaghia I Kira
- Lato archeologycal site
- Matala
- Festos
- Agia Triada
- Komos
- Agios Pavlos
- Plakias
- Amoudi
- Dammoni
- Preveli (beach and monastery)
- Spili
- Elafonissi
- Gramvousa peninsula
- Anidri
- Grammeno
- Paleochora
- Platanias
- Kastelli Kissamos
- Chania
- Falassarna
- Souda peninsula: monasterys and beaches
- Xerocambos
- Lassithi plateau

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Spectacular beaches on the South West
  • Cons:Mountain roads
  • In a nutshell:Everything you ask to a vacation you will find here
  • Last visit to Crete Island: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Lovely! All your accommodation choices sound wonderful!

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    One of these I willmake it to Crete for now I have your pages.Thanks!Love the pink sand !!

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Nice page. I have to re vist Crete one day. Buon we (come dice Pallina)!

  • cpiers47's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    I'm so glad that I found your Crete page - it's wonderful! Thank you so much for all of your tips. I'm planning a trip in 2010 and will use your tips!

  • Ale_J's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Quella foto di Balos mi mette sempre addosso una leggera malinconia... ma poi mi assale subito la voglia di tornare alla "nostra" Creta, e la malincolinia lascia spazio all'entusiasmo di organizzare il prossimo viaggio!Ciao byALE

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    very interesting page!

  • IU2's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:50 AM

    facilissimo essere catturati dalla magia delle isole greche: io ormai non ho più speranze di salvarmi.........e ne sono felicissimo!!! :-))) ......sono in partenza settimana prossima!

  • painterdave's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2008 at 5:10 AM

    Pink sand... WOW.

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2008 at 3:29 AM

    Some good tips, i'm going to crete in july.

  • anpe's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2008 at 2:19 AM

    Great tips and pics from Crete!! smiles anna

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