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#1 SunnyItaly:)

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 12:24 PM

Hello people of explore crete!
First of all: sorry for my English, cause I'm from Italy!

I read this forum from years, since my first trip to Crete. I've been 3 times to Crete:
2003 > 1 week: Elounda > visited some beaches around, Lassithi plateu, and Chrissi island.
2004 > 2 weeks: West Crete > visited Balos, Falasarna, Elafonissi, Paleachora, Chania.
2006 > 2 weeks: South Crete > visited Kalamaki, Komos, Matala, Plakias, Loutro, Preveli and some other area around.

Now we want to come back to Est Crete, about from 15 to 30 September. So I'd like to see more of that area, like the beaches near Sitia area, Vai (just to say "Yes I've seen it") and so on.

I'd like to kindly ask you if you have tips about the most beautiful beaches that you've seen in this area, like some secret off the beathen beach. Yes, I know that some are listed in the "beaches" section of the main site explorecrete.com, but want to know if anyone have been there so can report a "true experience"...

For example, I don't see a very good beach (that's my "secret" for agios nikolaos - elounda area!), that I found in elounda: you have to go at the end of the road on the est side of the port (where there is a restaurant that is like a "boat" on the water, with many "fountains" by sides that fall down the water to the sea) and continue. You will find two little bridges (one made of stones!) and then turn right. Go up the hill and park on top. Go down by foot...and WOW! Shallow crystal clear water, with many little fishes that try to bit you! But at about 10.30 and 12.00 two or three boats come from elounda port, full of people! And there's not so many space to stay because there's only about 2 meter of sand, but there ropes on the other side where you can stay. So if you want to enjoy it, go there early!

And I like very much the picture of this beach, but never been yet:
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anyone knows where exactly is it, please? Think is located at Istro, but still don't know how to get there by car...

And for last thing, please tell me the names of you favorite tavernas in the area... we like pure cretain tavernas, so no tourist places, but those ones where cretain people go to eat! We LOVE cretain food, but like it was once upon a time...
I know the best way to find these taverna is to take a road up the hills, find a little town and see if there is one, better if full of local people!

Thanks for any answer, cheers.
Alex from Venice - Italy

#2 harribobs

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 04:21 PM

Hi Alex (and Consuelo)

nice to hear from you again and good to hear that meeting all the plakias 'mob' didn't put you off :D

i am afraid i can't answer you because i don't know the east of crete well enough but there are quite a few others on this forum who do know it, as you know we are mainly in the west these days

you know where i'll be ! :D


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Posted 24 August 2008 - 04:35 PM

Alex
The photo does appear to be of Istro. I am not personally familiar with the place but found a very similar image through Google earth. Look at the photo labelled Kalon Khorion. You should also be able to zoom in and see a track leading directly off the main road and giveing access to the area..
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 05:57 PM

How spooky - I have literally just come off that beach at Istron and into an internet cafe for a quick catch up on the forum.

The tides have not been too kind to this area this year and the available space is very small but a change of tide and it will all change again.

It is very accessible turn of the main road through Istron at the sign for Golden Beach and then take the track that runs to the right. Enjoy!
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 06:59 PM

Also a little spooky that you mention tides Yvonne. I had a Greek friend staying with us last weekend and he found the sight of many boats high and dry in my local estuary at low water a most unusual sight for Greek eyes.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 02:20 PM

Many thanks for the answers to Tim (I'm embarassed :D but never tried Google earth...!) and to Yvonne.
It seems a very beautiful beach! I think there are no rocks on the ground and the water is shallow at the begin, can you confirm this Yvonne?

Untill my departure time (21 sept, counting down the days!) I'll keep checking this thread for answers, if anyone has something to say about my questions.

In particoular, nothing to say about tavernas?
Tell me, please, which is, in your opinion, the best taverna in lassithi region? :P

@ chris, happy to hear you! :D check your mail box :D

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 05:22 PM

Alex, have you read some of the pages on this site for info about the island? If not start at http://www.explorecr...eeing-tours.htm for places in East Crete. If I remember correctly there were some fine tavernas are mentioned in them by our webmaster Yannis and other contributors.

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 06:09 PM

Alex, you asked about beaches. Drive east from Sitia to Palaekastro, a nice working village with good tavernas. Follow the road a couple more miles and you will come to Chiona, where you'll find one of the most beautiful beaches on the island (I hope it still is: it's years since we've been there) and a few more good tavernas. Further south you'll come to Zakros, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the whole of Crete (and another good beach) and further on still Xerokambos, considered by some to be the best beach of all.

But don't spend all your time on the coast: drive inland, too, and visit some of the friendliest mountain villages on the island.

Have a lovely time.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:01 AM

:D
..look to the filename !
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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:48 AM

Oh, Tim thanx again! I missed that part of the site...! (well maybe I saw it months ago, but didn't remember it)
you wise man :P

Julie many thanks for the tips! Surely we'll go visit that beach, but don't know if we'll go till Xerocambos... it's a little bit too far, and I think very isolated from the rest of the island... but I suppose it to be a wonderful and peaceful place! :D

Minotaurus > what do you mean? sorry I don't understand... :D

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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:14 PM

If you PM me with your email, I'll send you a trip report of our week in East Crete. Ma non in italiano!
Sheila