East Crete Virgin Needs Help!
Posted 29 November 2009 - 08:24 PM
As a lot of you know I have been going to the same village outside of Chania for several years, but now feel a need to see some more of the island...but where to go? To visit anywhere from this village, that I haven't visited is a two hour drive away or more!
I like traditional villages, good tavernas and restaurants and definitely don't want to go to anywhere touristy or where I will bump into drunken northern European slobs!!
Any suggestions for the east of the island?
Thanks and looking forward to the replies.
Posted 01 December 2009 - 09:40 PM
I think I'd pitch for Makrigialos, but it's a while since I was there, and I suspect it's grown a bit.....
Posted 02 December 2009 - 01:11 PM
I haven't been east for years but did enjoy Zakros and Xerokampos all easily reached from Makrigialos. I suspect the latter has grown in recent years but must surely be far quieter than the traditional tourist spots up t'north and a safer bet.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 03:11 PM
If you really like traditional villages and want to be away from the tourists I would recommend you look at the villages of Dafnes and Venerato. Villa Kerasia is 2kms from Venerato & about 4 kms from Dafnes. It's around 20 kms/20 mins drive from Heraklion, just off the Heraklion-Mires main road. Yannis has a couple of articles in the Crete gazette about the ancient olive trees in Venerato. Car hire would be an absolute must. From Villa Kerasia you could also be in Matala in just over the hour, Gortys, Agia Deka & Phaistos are all easily visited from here. Agios Nicholoas, Elounda & Spinalonga are around an hour to an hour & a half drive.
Ther is also some accommodstion in Dafnes at Villa Dafnes.
Obviously, like Yvonne, I'm biased as I have a house in the village of Kerasia, which lies between Villa Kerasia & Venerato. I've been back in the UK just over a week & I had some friends, who live in Crete, come over for a meal one evening. I took them to my local Taverna in Venerato. The bill for 5 of us was €67. This was for 2 plates of fava, 1 village salad, 1 cabbage salad, 1.5 Kgs lamb chops, 2 plates of potatoes, 2-3 kilos of wine, 4 or 5 large bottles of Amstel & 4 cokes. We were also given 3 plates of gliko (spoon deserts) and a couple of flasks of raki. My friends could not believe the bill!!! But this is a traditional working village and not in a tourist area.
If you would like any more info, just ask.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 05:14 PM
However, I hope you will spend a little time in the west - we should be well settled in Neo Chorio by then and you would be very welcome to come for a barbeque.
Pam & Bob
Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:32 PM
I am thinking of flying into Heraklion and going east for a week and then back to good old Kalyves for the second week., so hopefully we will be able to arrange to meet you Pam & Bob. But you know what they say..the best laid plans of mice and men.......................................Who knows?
Thanks again for the replies so far!
Hope your recovery is going well and that you wil be able to make it out to Crete before too long.
Posted 03 December 2009 - 12:25 AM
Thanks for your good wishes. Have had first check up back at Bristol and they are happy so far so we can now plan a trip for May!
Posted 21 February 2010 - 11:27 AM
Couldn't get into our usual place in Kalyves so will be staying for one week in Douliana (not too far!) and then travelling over to Sitia and staying a couple of K's outside.
I've looked at all the tourist stuff about the east and now need your personal recommendations as to where to go and what to see. At the moment no.1 is a walk up the Gorge of the Dead, but even as unfit as I am that shouldn't take me a week!!
looking forward to your recommendations.
Posted 21 February 2010 - 03:12 PM
Sally and Chas
Posted 21 February 2010 - 04:11 PM
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Posted 18 March 2010 - 08:53 PM
You wont be disappointed