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sightseeing for non drivers

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sightseeing for non drivers

We are taking our first visit to crete in September but only staying a week. Would like recommendations for three excurtions to give us a flavour of the island.

1. A Natural sight

2. A Historical sight

3. A cultural insight

We do not drive so they have to be accessable by public transport. Your sujestions would be appreciated


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1. Re: sightseeing for non drivers


As your staying in Koutouloufari the excursions that might interest you from what you've posted could be,Spinnalonga island the old fort and former leper colony which is well worth a trip,it's available as an excursion by coach pick-up where you are taken to Agios Nikolaos to board one of the many boat trips out to the island.

Another trip that might interest you is the excursion to Heraklion taking in the history museum and then going on to Knossos palace which is on a lot of tourists lists of "must do's".

Also be sure to get yourselves over to Old Hersonissos square for the weekly night of Greek dancing and music which i think is on the monday night,but do try and get there early enough to get a table at one of the numerous taverna/restaurants there.

These are just a few suggestions that might interest you,but there are many other places to visit and there are several excursion shops down in Hersonissos that offer several other options.

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>Another trip that might interest you is the excursion to Heraklion taking in the history museum and then going on to Knossos palace <

There is a very good Historical Museum in Heraklion, but the real "must-see" museum is the Archaeological Museum. It has been closed for several years for renovation, but should be fully reopened by the time you are there. And of course go to Knossos - preferably in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the crowds and the mid-day heat.

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The Greek Night in the square in Old Hersonissos is, indeed, on a Monday night. it starts around 8pm or so and, as has already been mentioned, you need to get there early to secure a good table in one of the tavernas lining the square. Better still, pop over there the day before to reserve a table. It is around a 15 min walk from the centre of Koutouloufari to the square in Old Hersonissos - I would recommend Margos, which is at the far end of the square on the left hand side as you walk through from Koutouloufari.

A trip up to Lassithi Plateau is highly recommended. This is a wonderful natural mountain plateau with several traditional greek villages dotted along its circumference road. There are several outlets down in Hersonissos and Stalis where you should be able to book an excursion up to the plateau.

Enjoy planning your holiday.

Edited: 29 December 2013, 13:24
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If you are going to Spinalonga - read The Island by Victoria Hislop before you go - then catch a local bus from Hersonissos to Ag Nic ( we caught the bus from in front of Nana Beach on the main road) and from there get the bus to Plaka ( which is the village that the book is based around) You can then get a small boat across to the island, which nips in between the queue of larger tourist boats from Ag Nic queuing up - an hour or so on the island, then boat back to Plaka for a bite to eat in one of the fish restaurants. Bus back to Ag Nic - a beer or coffee in one of the bars around the lake or harbour and then bus back to Hersonissos. A very easy trip to organise yourself, the local buses are really good - air conned coaches with conductors taking your money. A feeling of achievement for doing it yourself - and it is a lot cheaper than going on an organised trip - spend the money on lunch instead!. I found the book interesting but not the most riveting read, but it gives a really good insight to life in a leper colony and when you get to the island you can imagine all the characters in the book.

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5. Re: sightseeing for non drivers

<<If you are going to Spinalonga - read The Island by Victoria Hislop >>

or Yannis by Beryl Darby.


Depending on whereabouts you're staying in KTLF, it's probably best to walk down the hill past the cemetery to the bus stop near Star Beach (outside the big supermarket) to get a bus to Ag. Nik. Buses in August this, whoops, last(!) year were every 30 minutes in the late morning and every hour in the afternoon. Buses from Ag. Nik to Elounda are every hour, or Plaka every 2 hours.

Edited: 02 January 2014, 17:28
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Thanks for the book recommendation - I always like to read up on a place before I visit and plan loads of trips out, although once we arrive somewhere hot, we end up spending more time relaxing than visiting - we also prefer to use local transport as we like the challenge of not getting lost (doesn't always work!

We found the bus station at Ag Nik was a bit out of the way, and on the way back we got off the bus from Plaka by the harbour - I would recommend having a street map handy (either paper or on your phone) and just make a note of the bus stations location when you arrive so you can find it again!

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