Cretan culture is absolutely beautiful! Cretans are some of the most hospitable and kind people I've ever met. I remember one time my car broke down while we were traveling in Crete and three older men came and helped me fix it. They really take philotimo to another level.
To the seasoned traveler or the dedicated dreamer, Crete has always been linked with the idea of summer, conjuring in the vacation-starved mind images of pristine beaches, alluring turquoise waters, smiley happy people dancing on the beach, and romance under the stars.
And yes, Crete is all these things. But legendary Cretan summers aside, spring, autumn and winter in Lassithi also have so much to offer the visitor that one is bound to be surprised that this tiny part of Crete island holds such diversity.
‘This World So Small, So Great’
In 1959, the Greek Noble Prize winner for poetry (1979) Odysseus Elytis wrote in To Axion Esti: “This world so small, so great”. And that is exactly what travelers to Greece should seek; to find those off-the-grid experiences that offer a glimpse not only into the Greek way of life and how the landscape has ‘crafted’ the locals’ love of the good life, but also insight into their very own inner longings and daydreams, which can actually come true here.
I am thinking of going on some historical tours and visiting museums in Crete. Do you have any advice for some good historical sites to visit? I’m looking for something a bit more experiential. I love history but my husband isn’t so into it. Any advice?
Crete is large enough where it's not an easy trek going from one end of the island to the other for a day trip, so I like to choose an area to stay in and then focus on exploring it. My personal favorite is the area near Chania, but I have stayed near Heraklion, as well, and liked it. Where do you guys all like to stay when visiting Crete?