The travel bug inside of me is itching to get out. With only five days to go before I jet off to Mexico, the desire to wander this world is growing inside of me! I would absolutely love to go traveling but couldn’t just up sticks and leave my life, I have too much adult responsibility… the struggle is real. My boyfriends the same, we love traveling, we may have only been together a year and a half but that hasn’t stopped us getting around, we’ve already been to Amsterdam, Paris, Spain, Venice and now Mexico. I think he brought this wanderlust out in me! Since we both have jobs and a busy life in the North East, we rely on holidays to get our travel fix! We’re already planning next years holiday, considering a few weeks in America but one place we’ve decided on is Crete!
Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Greece completely stole my heart when I visited Zante in 2015. I visited Laganas, yes the party haven for youngsters like me but it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been too. I managed to travel all around Zante that week and got to uncover the famous Blue Caves and Shipwreck island. I loved it so much, I even went back last year. Because of my trips to Zante, it’s made me want to travel around the country and discover more of its beauty. Crete is a place that stood out to me because you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore sensational beaches, breath taking mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Every time I use Pinterest I’m usually lusting over the views and culture, it just looks so amazing. When trying to convince my boyfriend to add it to our list I decided to give him five reasons why we MUST visit Crete and he went for it, just listen to them…
There Is Something For Everyone
Crete is a very attractive destination for family holidays, and most importantly romantic getaways. It is often said that Crete is a miniature version of the Greek mainland, and that rings true in many ways. There are three larger cities on the island, as well as number of remote villages that also offer a variety of activities and accommodation options.
The beaches in Crete are what will make a holiday to Greece worthwhile (not sure if they’ll beat Shipwreck Beach in Zante though!). Each one offers something a little different from small coves to bustling beaches where there’s always something going on. There are Award winning beaches including the Elafonissi and Balos Lagoon; both said to be paradise-like. They look unreal!
In its peak months of June to September you can expect average temperatures of 23 to 27 °C, in Crete the summer lasts longer and the sun is around for longer than a few days unlike England. I love sun!
A Historical Centre
Crete is home to the ancient Minoan culture, and for many years was a central hub of Greek civilisation, being positioned as it is in the Southern Mediterranean. Something I’d love to learn about! And The culture of the island was wiped out by the huge volcanic eruption at Santorini approximately four thousand years ago. Crete’s rich history is on display wherever you look, the old towns hold so much history and would obviously look great for my Instagram photos.
Samaria Gorge National Park
This national park is a good reason alone to jet off to Crete. It is believed to be one of the most picturesque parks in Europe thanks to its 10 miles of natural beauty including waterfalls and mountains. It just looks unbelievable, the world is a crazy place isn’t it?
Have I persuaded you now?