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nm1999

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I'm planning a trip to Crete and am very interested in experiencing the local olive oil culture firsthand. I've heard that Crete has some of the best olive oils in the world, and I'd love to do a tasting tour while I'm there.

Can anyone recommend any good olive oil tasting tours or specific olive farms to visit? I'm particularly interested in places that offer detailed insights into the production process and maybe even some historical background on olive oil in Crete.

Thank you for your help!
 
If you’re in the Chania area, Wanderlust Tours - Chania does great van tours! Here is a description of their olive tour:

“Our Olive Tour is a tour of culture and history. A 360 experience of what Crete is, and what it was through the ages. Guests who join will see, taste and feel the heart and core of Greek and Cretan living, the olive, in all its forms. They will also learn about the events that led us here, and that shaped the history of the land.” Contact: [email protected]

Nicole Lelekis runs incredibly fun, off-the-beaten path, informative small group tours. Even though I’ve been traveling to Chania for over 25 years, I’ve taken her Therisso Gorge Tour so I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed.
 
If you’re in the Chania area, Wanderlust Tours - Chania does great van tours! Here is a description of their olive tour:

“Our Olive Tour is a tour of culture and history. A 360 experience of what Crete is, and what it was through the ages. Guests who join will see, taste and feel the heart and core of Greek and Cretan living, the olive, in all its forms. They will also learn about the events that led us here, and that shaped the history of the land.” Contact: [email protected]

Nicole Lelekis runs incredibly fun, off-the-beaten path, informative small group tours. Even though I’ve been traveling to Chania for over 25 years, I’ve taken her Therisso Gorge Tour so I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed.

This is wonderful information! I am going to keep it safe for the next time I am on Crete. I recall the last time I was in Crete, I was able to visit the a very old olive tree. Amazing that it still produced olives, too! What a memorable experience that was. The tradition of olives on Crete is fantastic and it will be nice to go on a tour to see it all tied together.
 

Lagoons of Crete?

I'm planning a trip to Crete and I'm absolutely captivated by the idea of visiting its stunning lagoons. From what I've gathered, these natural wonders are not only a feast for the eyes but also offer unique experiences in terms of swimming, snorkeling, and just soaking in the breathtaking views.

I've heard about the famous Elafonissi and Balos lagoons, but I'm curious if there are other lesser-known lagoons on the island that are worth exploring. Additionally, I'm interested in any tips or advice on the best times to visit, how to get there, what to expect, or any other suggestions that could help make my visit as enjoyable as possible.

Also, if anyone has recommendations on where to stay nearby these lagoons or any local eateries to try out, that would be fantastic! I'm eager to experience Crete not just as a tourist, but through the eyes of those who know it best.

Seeing the Samaria Gorge without Hiking?

Is it possible to see the Samaria Gorge without doing the long hike?

I will be in Crete over the summer. I heard the hike is long. 11 miles, most of it downhill or flat. I just don't think I am up for it. Downhill climbing hurts my knee too much.

I have a friend who goes to Crete a lot and made an off-hand comment that you don't need to hike, but she didn't know all the details.

Does anyone hear? She mentioned taking a ferry. I am having a hard time picturing it. I looked into tours and they all involve hiking.

Is Crete Okay for a Handicapped Person?

I'm planning a trip to Crete and was wondering about its accessibility for handicapped people. My family member uses a walker, and we want to ensure they have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Can anyone share insights or experiences regarding accessible accommodations, transportation, and attractions on the island? Are there specific areas or services you would recommend or suggest avoiding?

Any tips on accessible beaches or scenic spots would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

Visiting Zorba Beach on Crete Questions

I'm planning a trip to Crete and I've heard wonderful things about Zorba Beach. I'm looking for some detailed information and personal experiences from those who have visited.
  1. Best Time to Visit: What is the ideal time of year to visit Zorba Beach to avoid large crowds but still enjoy good weather?
  2. Activities: Besides relaxing on the beach, what kind of activities are available? Are there any water sports, hiking trails, or local cultural experiences you would recommend?
  3. Amenities: What facilities are available at Zorba Beach? Are there restaurants, sunbeds, and changing rooms, or should I bring my own supplies?
  4. Accessibility: How easy is it to reach the beach from the main tourist areas? Is there public transportation, or would you recommend renting a car?
  5. Accommodations: Are there good places to stay nearby, or is it better to stay in a different area and make a day trip out of it?
  6. Local Tips: Any insider tips or lesser-known facts about Zorba Beach that would enhance my visit?
The reason why I ask is I have a friend who's been and I want to go, but the friend doesn't remember any details!

Charming villages in Crete?

I'm planning a trip to Crete and, as an enthusiast for the quaint and the serene, I'm on the lookout for those off-the-beaten-path villages that captivate with their charm. I’ve heard that Crete is sprinkled with hidden gems, where one can truly soak up local culture and history amid idyllic settings.

Has anyone here ventured beyond the usual tourist spots to explore some of the lesser-known villages on the island? I'm interested in places that offer picturesque streets, traditional architecture, local gastronomy, and a warm sense of community.

I’d love to hear your experiences! Thank you in advance.
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