The girls and I decided on Crete this year because we’d heard so much about its beautiful beaches and scenic mountains. We were initially going to go for 3-4 nights but then we decided that every time we go away, we always rush and we really wanted a relaxing break this time. We settled on 7 nights in the end :). We booked it with Thomas Cook back in January and had literally been counting down the days until we left for Crete!
We reserved a van to pick up at the airport because some of the places we wanted to visit were 4-5 hours away and we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on transfers and cabs. It would be even harder for us to get a taxi as there were 6 of us and that would mean 2 taxis, which is a waste of money. As I was the only one who was able to drive (as being 25 was a must and Karthi was only 24), I was a little nervous because I didn’t want to get my friends killed haha! But it actually wasn’t that bad. Unfortunately, the car company we went with didn’t have an automatic van, which meant it was great fun (note the sarcasm) to change gears manually on the hilly mountains! I’d literally have to change from 3rd to 4th then down to 2nd every 2 minutes! And can I please have a moment to talk about Cretan speed cameras!? So I had no idea what the speed limit was as it didn’t say anywhere, so we had to google it and after I found out that it was 90kmh I slowed to match it every time I saw a speed camera. Once, I totally forgot and carried on at whatever speed I was at and the camera didn’t flash… thats when we found out that the cameras there are just for show – no wonder everyone was carrying on at their own speeds!
One of the most memorable things on this trip was sleeping in the van… yes we actually stayed overnight in the van! We went hiking at Samaria Gorge which was 3-4 hours away from our hotel. And instead of going back to our hotel, we stayed in the van and the next day we went to a beach we really wanted to go to as well. It didn’t make sense for us to drive all the way back to the hotel and then take the same route back to the beach. This was a famous beach called Elafonisi and had beautiful pink sands and crystal clear waters. We watched the Blair witch project in the car after sunset (which didn’t actually turn out to be scary at all) but only thing was the heat! We couldn’t open the windows because of the mosquitos, so me and Karthi had to keep waking up every couple of hours and turning the car on to start up the air conditioning. We woke up at 4am the next day so that we could get a view of the sunrise at Balos beach – another beach we wanted to see. The sunrise was beautiful and worth the crazy sleeping patterns. Elafonisi has to be the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen! We spent hours just floating in the calm waves and seeing how far we could swim before we got told off by the others.
The veggie food was yummy – perks of being a vegetarian right there! We had a lot of different things there but every time my friends ordered food (meat), they didn’t like it! But to be honest, we were quite strict with ourselves and only ate out once a day and ate junk food from supermarkets for the rest of the day in order to save money!
We went on a day trip to Santorini which was another highlight 🙂 We booked it at a travel agency next to our hotel because it was cheaper than the ones we found online. It was a bit of a long journey but well worth it. It was just a one day trip and we thought that maybe 2-3 days would be enough to explore Santorini fully. It was really stunning, just like the photos we’d seen of it.
Here are a few pictures from our time at Crete. It was so worth the sleepless nights, the long drives, the mosquito bites and the crazy tan lines.
Samaria Gorge – national park in Crete
Santorini – another beautiful Greek island
Veggie food – so yum!
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Kavi xxx