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greek_ggirl

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Is the ferry bearable? Has anyone done this trip? I believe it's about 8 hours
 

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I have not taken a ferry from Athens to the Greek island of Crete, but there are several options to consider:



 

mannyk123

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Is the ferry bearable? Has anyone done this trip? I believe it's about 8 hours
Spend a great day keeping yourself busy in Athens and grab the overnight ferry to Crete. You have a choice of accomodation and the cost is very reasonable. Arrive refreshed having had a nice sleep and hit the ground running on arrival in Crete. I’ve done it from Athens to Chania and will do it again. Had been a flier but tbh the ferry is wonderful.
 
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nm1999

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Spend a great day keeping yourself busy in Athens and grab the overnight ferry to Crete. You have a choice of accomodation and the cost is very reasonable. Arrive refreshed having had a nice sleep and hit the ground running on arrival in Crete. I’ve done it from Athens to Chania and will do it again. Had been a flier but tbh the ferry is wonderful.
I agree, if you don't get sea sick then its a great trip
 

k_tsoukalas

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I have done it. It was fine and I would do it again! I had a sleeping compartment so I ate dinner in the restaurant on the ferry then got some sleep. It costs more but makes the overnight ferry a lot more doable.
 

Talented Greek singers and dancers in Crete!

These Cretan dancers are putting on a traditional show! As you will see in the video, these costumes, the music and dancing is all traditional and from the island of Crete. You will probably be able to find some restaurants that provide traditional cretin music and potentially some dancing. I highly recommend attending a live performance for anyone who is trying to learn more about Cretan culture.

Understanding the Cretan vs standard Greek dialects

Cretan is a very distinct dialect that is spoken on the island of Crete. Many think that it is reminiscent of Cypriot Greek but in my opinion they are pretty different. Having spent some time in Greece two summers ago, I appreciate how different all of the different dialects in Greece are. So many aspects of the Cretan dialect reflect how unique the Cretan culture is. Crete has a strong military history and background as well as a strong agricultural industry. All of these are present in the dialect!

The most beautiful limani (port) is in Chania, Crete

One of the best things about visiting Chania, Crete is dining and walking around the beautiful port. The city is right exactly on the port, making the perfect place to do pretty much everything. If you're lucky enough to have the ability to get a boat chartered, I highly recommend sailing to different parts of the island. It's one of the best ways to visit the island and you can make stops along the way and swim. Have you ever been?

What is better: Chania or Iraklio?

What does everyone recommend for a vacation in Crete? Chania or Iraklio? I've never been to the island, but I would really like to travel there this year. I've heard so much about Crete and that is one of the most unique places in Greece. Has anyone been to either of the islands and has a preference for one of them? Why or why not? I'm really trying to narrow down my trip soon and make a decision about where to visit.

This Cretan food is the original farm to table!

I can't think of a more authentic and traditional way to eat Greek food. People in the United States would call this farm to table, but I just call it a regular day in Crete. I love the traditional way of cooking, it is so healthy, family oriented, and sustainable. I really hope that slowly the world starts to wake up and that we return back to this way of living and eating our food. Cheers to the Cretans who are keeping this culture alive.

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