This is a very much delayed trip report, from a week spent in Crete between August 5 and August 12, 2013. I thought that I should post it nevertheless, since it might help people planning their future vacation.
I am a solo female traveller, aged 52, and I reached Crete with a charter flight; the package (offered by a Romanian Travel Agency) included also accommodation – I choose Hotel Minoas in Ammoudara since it seemed the best suited for a trip intended for visiting as much as possible of the island and spending very few time on the beach. Being part of a package, my choice was somehow limited (travel agents do not offer city hotels) but in the end the location proved to be perfect for what I intended to do – touring Crete by public transport, since I do not have a driving licence.
For those that want to see places, as I did, I strongly recommend renting a car, if possible, but I discovered that you can cover a lot by public transport also; fortunately Crete has an extensive network of buses, even if not always easy to figure out; but with determination and lots of help from the locals everything is possible.
The hotel was modest, not really recommended for a beach – oriented holiday, but perfect for my needs and with very friendly and helpful owners. I made a separate review here:
Crete is a large island; for those used with the tiny Cyclades, seeing all (or almost all) Crete in only one week is a challenging experience. There are many wonderful places, but separated by hours spent on the road. Actually I think I spent more time on busses than in any of my trips, even if I move around a lot everywhere I go.
This report is intended also to be a big “thank you” to all the people I’ve met in Crete; as always, Greek people are so nice and welcoming, always ready to help and always smiling despite the difficulties of the crisis. That’s why I tend to return there again and again ... this was probably my 20th trip in Greece (or more), and I am already booked for Naxos in August 2014.
Since I tend to write long reports, I will split my text in separate posts for each day; it will take several days to be completed, it takes time to put order between all those memories.