My first taste of travel in Greece was on the island of Crete. I have wanted to visit the island of Crete every since I was a child, and was told stories of the Minotaur. Crete was, in my opinion, a fantastic way to being a Greek odyssey. It offers an introduction to the language, food, culture, and people without the overwhelming size and pace of spots on the mainland.
Further reading: Get inspired with our photo essay from Crete
How long should should you spend on Crete?
Well if you’re not heading off to do any trekking, and you just want to experience the main cities and historical centres – I would suggest a week will allow you to do it all at an easy pace.
Further reading: How to Spend One Week on Crete
So what is there to do on Crete? Well when we were visiting, Jake was still young. So we took it at a slightly more easy pace and just stuck to main towns and cities. The main areas we visited were Chania, Rethymno, and Iraklion. In fact, we flew into Chania, visited Rethymno on a day trip, and took the ferry from Iraklion to Athens, so itinerary wise it all made sense.
Chania was by far my favourite spot. The old town and its harbour is spectacularly beautiful, and some of the best food we ate in Greece was in Chania. Although, nothing compares to finally getting to visit the legendary ruins of Knossos (although there was no labyrinth of Minotaur to be seen).
Further reading: 24 Hours in Chania
Further reading: Day Trip to Rethymno
Further reading: Visiting Knossos
Have you visited Crete? Let me know your favourite spot in the comments.