Category Archives: Tourism

Cramming Crete (aka the fear of missing out on Crete’s attractions)

For some a holiday means plonking yourself on a sunbed and roasting for a week or two, with the occasional visit to a bar, a nearby restaurant  or your hotel room. At the other end of the holidaymaking spectrum you … Continue reading

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A look back at the tourist season 2016

The tourist season 2016 is winding down and by early November most charter flights to Crete will have taken the last tourists away. It seems that most Cretans who have businesses in tourism have had a satisfying season. Crete and … Continue reading

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Samaria gorge 2016

Because of the mild and very dry winter there has been little damage to the path that runs through the gorge of Samaria and not much water in the river. As the good weather looks set to continue it seems … Continue reading

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The Cretan Way – A 28-day walk by Luca Gianotti

A long awaited book finally got published last week: “The Cretan Way – A 28-day walk” is the brainchild of Luca Gianotti, an Italian walking guide. Rather than trying to paraphrase what the book is about here is an excerpt … Continue reading

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My personal 5 ‘must see’ places in Crete

Crete has so much to offer for all tastes and so much choice can be confusing to a newcomer. Here is my personal list of what I consider the five ‘must see’ places of Crete and why I chose them. … Continue reading

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Samaria gorge visitors trends

The National Park of Samaria has just closed for the season 2015 and visitors statistics are out. It seems that the recovery in the number of visitors to the gorge of Samaria suffered a small setback this year. The visitors … Continue reading

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Cretan holiday villa rentals

Amid the continuing talk of Greek crisis and all the foreign press hype about the country falling apart it is refreshing to see that local entrepreneurs are not afraid to embark on new and ambitious business ideas. Based in Chania, … Continue reading

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Not welcome in Gouverneto

Crete and the Cretans are known for their hospitality and the warm welcome given to visitors. Unfortunately it’s not always the case and in the recent past the monastery of Gouverneto on the peninsula of Akrotiri seems to have made … Continue reading

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When will the gorge of Samaria open in 2015?

It seems that many people are finding my previous post about Samaria opening (which was written in 2012) and asking me now what the situation is this year. I get the sense that quite a few of the people asking … Continue reading

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I just received the news today that the Minoan gallery of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion will open on the 6th of May. Having seen the other galleries when they re-opened after renovations that lasted 7 years I think that … Continue reading

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