How Has Crete Changed?
Posted 30 April 2008 - 03:25 PM
I have always read and tried to follow the changes and stories from this great website and others about Crete with the hope that one day we would return as a family to this beloved island.
Our fondness has always been Western Crete, Chania but this is not to say that I have much experience with other parts of the island.
My question is, How has Crete changed since 2000?
Posted 01 May 2008 - 03:10 PM
When I first visited that nice coastline in 1984, it was almost empty: a few little separate villages. It's tragic that that it should have been so wrecked. I'm sure that if you get away from the coast you'll still find peaceful spots in the hills behind it, not very far away, but I don't think it would be very pleasant to stay anywhere along the coast.
Do some research: there are lots of areas - the villages of the south west coast, for example - that still have a long way to go before they can be said to be "developed". The eastern part of the island too, and of course almost anywhere inland will be fine. But if you want to be near the sea, I would avoid the coast west of Chania.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:35 PM
I do like 'action' when in Crete but do not like the concrete jungle and overbuilt resorts that are next to one another and reduced peace and tranquility. I am afraid that by your account, things are already headed there or already there!
Posted 04 May 2008 - 09:02 AM
You have been warned. Do some research and choose another area. The Kalamaki/Chryssi Akti/Agia Marina/Platanias stretch is Spoiled, with capital S. It is hideously ugly, and very depressing.
It's a shame.
Posted 04 May 2008 - 11:35 AM
I just hope that devastation doesn't continue to spread around the island.
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 06:13 PM
I've said it before and will probably say it again but us northern Europeans find places that we consider 'paradise' throughout the world and then spoil the very paradise we have found by bringing our attitudes, ways of life, even language to those very places that are away from it all and by our very presence, lose what we found.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 04:45 PM
As for Western Crete, I hope that upon my return, she will be as beautiful as I recall, with views out towards Theodorou and endless beaches. Can you blame the tourists for wanting to share in such a wonderful place? I just hope that it does not turn into another Malia!
Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:39 PM
I am also a little selfish in that I will be very circumspect in who I might tell of a few places that I hope will survive the onslaught for a few more years yet!
Lord, I'm turning into a grump old sod!
Posted 07 May 2008 - 12:08 PM
I've stayed in Stalis 3 times now and I'd not go back there again. Far too built up and full of people wanting "british pubs - showing football" and the like. As for Malia and Hersonissos... urgh! My idea of hell.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:54 PM
Tim, feel free to send me an IM letting me on your little secrets! As I am still a working stiff trying to obtain financial freedom, I will not interfere with your hidden treasures as my travels to Crete will be limited until I reach my goals!
Posted 07 May 2008 - 05:46 PM
And I'm afraid Brook that indeed Crete offers too much for many who can't handle it and think of Crete as just another cheap holiday destination.
We, seem all to have found ours anyway.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:56 PM
I'm just reading a book about Crete in 1941 and came across this description, that I thought you might appreciate, of the conditions to be found there at that time. " Cretan customs at this time were almost biblical. It was quite common on arriving at a Cretan home, for the lady of the house to remove one's shoes and socks and bathe one's feet in warm water and olive oil".
The author also desribes how he met a local who could remember it taking two days to travel from Hora Sfakion to Chania by donkey.
Perhaps change has not been that bad after all!!
Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:11 PM
I love Crete and everything about it, especially the heart of its people. I can recall countless times during my travels whereby strangers showed over the top kindness. This to me is the true Crete! I know the landscape is changing and being overrun by large hotels and restaurants and such but the heart of Crete to me is still alive and well!
Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:24 AM
It's worse than Kokkino Chorio, and as bad as Malia. I know you don't want to believe it of an area you enjoyed so much several years ago, and if you haven't seen it for yourself as I did the other day, it's hard to believe, but "devastation" and "hideously ugly" are restrained descriptions. Sad and sickened was how I felt on that half-hour bus ride.
Yes, you will do better further west, although Maleme and Tavronitis are beginning to show signs of unfortunate development too. Better still, go further west, past Kissamos: the far West coast is still, as far as I know, pretty undeveloped.
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Posted 10 May 2008 - 01:57 PM
And btw Brook. Olive oil is a real tread for your skin. I use it in combination with nivea balm and some "bite" without alcohol.
I use the latter for other treatment
Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:37 PM
I knew olive oil has been used in many ways but this is a first!