"Eastern Crete - getting away from the crowds" Crete Island by MikeBird

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Even in August it's not too busy

August probably isn't the best time of year to see Crete in all its glory but we'd promised our 15 year old daughter she would have a hot summer holiday this year and having found some good places to stay, courtesy of the web, made Crete an appropriate choice for our 2009 family holiday.

Staying in two different village locations, we were able to explore different parts of this beautiful island that were off the main tourist trail but definitely worth visiting.

Our first week was spent on the far eastern side of the island just outside the town of Siteia in the village of Piskachefalo. We rented a small traditional house in this typically Cretan location with its very narrow streets, hill top church and square with tavernas.

For the second week we moved on to the smaller hillside village of Monastiraki which over looks the valley that forms the 'waist' of Crete - it's narrowest point of about 15kms. The valley had old Minoan ruins at Vasiliki and the less sightly plastic greenhouses but the views from our villa, particularly at dusk overlooking the bay and the mountains, were a wonderful setting.

Both locations are in the Lasithi prefecture of the island. If you like to avoid the crowds of the busier resorts on the north coast then the eastern end of Crete may perhaps be the place for you.

My one disappointment was that August, it seems, is poor for birdwatching. Maybe we should book a return visit in May or October?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful bays, marvellous Minoans, fantastic food
  • Cons:August - poor for birdwatching
  • In a nutshell:Crete offers something for everyone
  • Last visit to Crete Island: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    That is certainly a very well-lit museum. Decent artifacts :-)

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    hope you get to meet AnnemarieC on the treasure hunt she will come later but is a homeowner in crete & busy learning greek - thanks for sharing your trip

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Excellent tips. This is one area of Crete we don't know too well and would love to holiday in eastern Crete.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Hi Mike, glad to see you made it to Crete!and 2 weeks of it - what a luxury! Id love to get back - esp to Samaria Gorge and for more wildflowers in May! Have enjoyed reading your tips and experiences.

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Great tips, would love to see some more.

  • Sep 10, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    I read all your Crete pages, the tips are very informative! next time you visit Crete, don t miss to swim at Xerokampos, its the beach next to K.Zakros (its amazing).


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