Beautiful Crete was one of our last stops in Greece before we headed off to explore more of  the rest of Europe.  Situated south of the  mainland, it is the largest Greek island and filled with so many places to explore. We spent eight days in total and split it up between Rethymno and Chania. Most of my photos were taken in Chania and I have included a few instagram photos of Rethymno. I really regret not taking my camera out more as we ate some amazing food and got to see a lot of amazing landscapes and architecture.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - The old port in Chania

This is the view from our hotel overlooking the Venetian port in Chania (also spelt Hania or Xania). We stayed in the old town and booked our accommodation at Helena Hotel the day before arriving. The architecture between each of the Greek islands varies considerably depending on history and who ruled over the area during each era.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Our room view at Helena Hotel Chania

This was our hotel window which we would sit in and watch the island life unravel at night. Our hotel was located in the back lanes of the old town and was perfect for our stay as it was really affordable, comfortably furnished, centrally located and provided us with the best view over the port. The owner was also so nice and would help us everyday in telling us where to explore and the best restaurants to eat at.

Tamam – Old Harbour – Zambeliou

Tamam is voted number one on Trip Advisor making it an obvious choice for dinner. Our hotel owner and friends from Melbourne also suggested it and we ended up visiting twice because we wanted to try more of the menu. At night it is packed out so you might have to wait a while to get a table but it is well worth it. The restaurant is situated in an old Turkish Hamam (bath house) with the menu being influenced by Turkish flavours as well as Greek.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Bread at Tamam in Chania Old Town

Typical start off to a dinner in Greece…bread, herb butter ad kalamata olives.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Salad with Avocado and Walnuts Tamam Chania

They call this the Tamam salad, which was a welcomed change after all of the Greek salads we had been eating. It reminded me of a coleslaw minus the mayonnaise. The mix had cabbage and carrot, parsley, walnuts and avocado. We hadn’t had avocado in ages so we got super excited to be eating it again.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Keftedes (Meat balls) and hand cut chips

Keftedes anyone? We had to order the meatballs which came with some hand cut chips and a home made tomato dipping sauce. These were so tasty I would have happily had a plate to myself and then some.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Fava beans at Tamam in the Old Port of Chania

Fava beans have never been on my list of favourite foods but Ill eat them for their nutritional value. The waiter recommended we try these and although tasty I am still not the biggest fan. They are also extremely filling, and when you order as much food as we do these pretty much ended up untouched.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Meat with yoghurt and pita bread at Tamam in Chania

My favourite dish was definitely this lamb stew served with creamy yoghurt and pita bread. The lamb was extremely tender and full of so much flavour from the spices that were used.

At the end of each meal the waiters bring out a small bottle of Raki which is an extremely strong alcohol that is produced in Crete. It’s always fun to try it with Ana and I even shotting it back one lunch but it’s definitely not the best tasting digestif I’ve had.

Tamam

49 Zambeliou Street, Old Harbour, Chania

Ph: +30 28210 96080

Web:  http://www.tamamrestaurant.com/

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Elafonisi Beach in Chania

A must do day trip if you are staying in Chania is to go to Elafonisi beach. There is one daily KTEL bus that goes from Chania town to Elafonisi in the morning and then the same bus brings you back in the afternoon. All up the bus trip is 2.5 hours each way but it is surely worth it as the beach is amazing as you will see in the photos.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Amazing Elafonisi Beach

It was extremely windy on the day we visited but it didn’t take away from enjoying the sun and water.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - One of Greece's most beautiful beaches

Of course you need to pose and take photos in water that looks like that.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Elafonisi Beach Chania

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Turqoise blue waters at Elafonisi beach

Bliss…

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - The Old Port in Chania with the Sun Shining

Chania port during the day with the sun shining. All along the port there are heaps of restaurants and bars to choose from. When staying in the old town there are beaches that are walking distance  but it is better to get the bus out to Agia Marina or Platanias, where you have a large stretch of beach and plenty of beach bars and cafes to keep you occupied.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Till the sun comes down in Chania

Sunset in the harbour.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Night time beauty in Chania

Chania town at night had one of the best vibes we experienced whilst travelling. There was one stretch of the port which was filled with bars and would be a struggle to walk through, let alone find a table. We spent two nights out in the old town and then two nights at Agia Marina where we visited Villa Mercedes and Mylos club. These places were perfect for those ‘don’t take me home till the sun comes up’ type of nights.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - The lighthouse at night in Chania

The light house at the entry to the port.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Beautiful old Venetian port in Chania

Crete on Instagram

Thank god for instagram otherwise I would have not had many photos to share with you.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Rethymno Beach Frappe Time

At the beach in Rethymno, taking one of my many frappe photos.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Dinner in Xania old port - Prawns in Ouzo Sauce

One night we went to a restaurant on the water and asked for a seafood feast. We choose two of the most humongous prawns I have ever laid eyes on. The chef then cooked them up for us in a ouzo sauce and heaven hit my tastebuds.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Fresh figs for breakfast

Fresh figs for breakfast.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Sunset over Rethymno

Rethymno sunset. In the distance is the port in Rethymno and where all the main shops, bars and restaurants are. We were staying right near the beach which stretches for kilometres but also in walking distance to the main part of town.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Traditional Cretan Salad

Hey Hey good looking Greek salad doused in olive oil.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Funny Chania Restaurant Signs

These signs were down on the port in Chania outside most of the restaurants. They were extremely random and were meant to try and convince you that the waiters wouldnt hassle you into taking a seat at their restaurant. They lie!

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Party time at Mylos Club

Goodmorning..Sunrise photo outside Mylos club. Time to go home!

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Water jug at a restaurant in Chania

Wise water container.

Crete Greece Food & Travel - My Kiki Cake - Sunset in the Old Port Chania

My last photo of Chania..we had dinner whilst watching the sun set and then headed off for our 10pm ferry back to Athens. I fell in love with this place and can definitely see myself going back one day and I definitely have my eye set on exploring more of Crete.

Next post of mine will be on Bodrum in Turkey, which is a coastal location where the rich and famous are supposedly known to holiday.

Enjoy the rest of your week :) Antio xxx