Greece has so many little Islands to choose from, which makes it difficult to make a decision. We decided to visit Crete as it’s one of the larger islands with so many different places to visit. We stayed in the town of Sissi which is around 40 minutes out from the centre of Heraklion. If you are looking for a nice quiet holiday away from the hustle and bustle then this is the perfect area.
We stayed at Angela suites hotel, which is a stylish boutique 5* hotel. The staff were both friendly and accommodating, especially when I injured my toe they all went out of their way to check that I was okay. We had a nice size modern room that had a chic twist, the only flaw was that the room was missing a full length mirror but that was for my own vanity. The hotel had two nice size pool and a Jacuzzi. The cocktail list was small however the flavour of the drinks made up for the small selection, my two go to drinks were – sex on the beach and a Mojito.
The area was lovely and had many restaurant, you are sure to find Gyros, grilled meats as well as pizzas and homely foods. The only inconvenience was that the restaurants in this area had to many cats walking around, as someone who is allergic to cats it did get quite annoying when 9 cats wandered into a restaurant and walked near our table waiting on us to feed them.
Crete has so many things to do, sadly because as we were pretty far out it made getting around rather pricey, I will be writing top 5 things you should know before traveling to crete and I will cover all prices in there.
Crete has so much history and culture so it was only right we visited the museum in Heraklion, we did want to see the palace but was told it was a 2 hour walk, which we was not doing in 40 degree weather! However the museum was amazing and much bigger than expected!
You can’t visit Heraklion and not walk around browse the shops, they had Zara, Mac, Sephora, Stradavious, as well as other little boutique shops which are definitely worth taking a look in.
Outfit : Top(similar), Skirt(last season Stradivarius)
One of the nearest towns to us was Malia. When I think of Malia, I think of drunk 18 year old asleep on the pavement after a hectic night out on the strip! I never thought I would be a place that had so much culture. We got to Malia around 3-4pm and it was still blazing hot, we took a stroll down the strip then took a short walk to the old town which was full of Churches, beautiful Tavern’s and picturesque roads. After our little tour we decided to have drinks at this amazing cocktail bar called revolution, it wasn’t quite on the strip but not in old town either, the cocktails were amazing we even decided to have Shisha and relax for a few hours. The owner of the bar was lovely and recommended the local restaurant San Georgios to us.
If I had to pick my favourite place to eat during this holiday it would definitely be San Giorgio! Taking up two parts of the road, this beautiful Tevana restaurant has all the qualities you would look for, its aesthetically pleasing, with attentive staff and best of all fantastic Greek food. We loved this restaurant so much we went back on our last night. On both nights our lovely waiter gave us fresh bread with Yoghurt and olives. For mains I got the Kleftiko(boneless lamb shank, with potatoes vegetables and feta cheese) both times and my boyfriend go the Soutzoukakia(meatballs in tomato sauce served with rice and chips) and on the second night he got chicken in a wine and mushroom sauce. Everything about the restaurant was perfect, it really is a hidden gem, but when you find it you won’t be sorry!
If you follow travel blogs on Instagram then you would have seen many so many photos of the stunning island of Santorini. It’s hard to see photos from and not want to visit it for yourself. Even though we stayed in Crete they offered boat trips for the day to the beautiful island. Our day started at 7:30am, we work up early to get to the port for 8:30, we then went on the High-speed 7 which took 1 hour 30 mins to get there. The boat was nice ,clean and better than we had expected.
The boat left at 9 and was expected to arrive at 10:45, however we didn’t get there till 11:15. Upon arrival to the port you are surrounded with a crowd for people either, trying to get you to hire a car, use there transport or get something to eat at their restaurant. It was very overwhelming trying to find a cab or a transfer to take us to Fira or Oia, I would advise you to pre book a taxi as it saves allot of time and hassle. Eventually we were on a transfer to Fira, however due to the traffic we only had 3 good hours in Santorini and knew we wouldn’t be able to see Oia,as we needed to leave in good time to get back to the port.
Nonetheless, we had a beautiful time exploring the town, browsing in the shops and getting lunch. If you do take a day to go Santorini be aware that your time on the island will be short and taken up with traveling. However I see the trip as little preview to a beautiful place that I will definitely visit for a few days so I can take in its true beauty
On the last day we decided to take a walk to find the beach, on this side of town it’s more rocks than anything with little patches of sand that you have to explore and find, we did find one patch which was a mixture of pebbles and sand. It was small but I was a nice way to chill and relax on our last night.