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.
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.
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.
Typical start off to a dinner in Greece…bread, herb butter ad kalamata olives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
49 Zambeliou Street, Old Harbour, Chania
Ph: +30 28210 96080
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.
It was extremely windy on the day we visited but it didn’t take away from enjoying the sun and water.
Of course you need to pose and take photos in water that looks like that.
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.
Sunset in the harbour.
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.
The light house at the entry to the port.
Crete on Instagram
Thank god for instagram otherwise I would have not had many photos to share with you.
At the beach in Rethymno, taking one of my many frappe photos.
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.
Fresh figs for breakfast.
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.
Hey Hey good looking Greek salad doused in olive oil.
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!
Goodmorning..Sunrise photo outside Mylos club. Time to go home!
Wise water container.
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