How we spent 12 days in Crete, Greece

Getting around

Travel tip: the cost of sunscreen at a supermarket is half the price compared to the local shops near hotels. We paid for 8 Euros for a bottle at the supermarket.

Where to stay?

Travel tip: if you want a true 4-star hotel experience in this area, you should filter by 5-stars on travel sites.

Travel tip: the central market, most of the stores and souvenir shops are closed on Sundays. Many restaurants however are open.

The private beach at Candia Park Village
Candia Park Village grounds

Town of Agios Nikolaos

Overlooking Lake Voulismeni

Travel tip: You should make dinner reservations earlier in the day, since many others also have the idea of eating dinner between 8pm — 9pm.


Palace of Knossos
The recovered frescos from the Palace of Knossos

Travel tip: I recommend visiting the Palace and the museum at 5pm to avoid the crowds. The line to the museum can be 30 minutes or more, and you have to wait outside in the heat.


Town of Rethimno


Travel tip: many of the beaches can be rocky, so it’s a good idea to bring your water shoes. If you don’t have them, you can buy them there for 7–10 Euros a pair.

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2. Balos

3. Falassarna


Travel tip: frozen seafood are labeled with an asterisk (*) on the menu, so pay attention to that if you only want your seafood fresh.

Dinner at Kosmas

Travel tip: I’d avoid the restaurants directly on the lake in Agios Nikolaos. The food was bit underwhelming although the service was always friendly.

Final tips



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