Are you interested in traveling to a unique and diverse place? Well, then this is where you want to be!
I am Ana, the founder of CAACTUS Effect. Within my one year blog project on Personal Growth, I have decided to establish a second project named CAACTUS Experience. Currently I am living on Crete, the largest Greek island in the very south of Greece. Much to my astonishment, I am able to travel the island and explore its hidden and breathtaking areas. If you are planing on visiting Crete, I am pleased to provide you with some local and authentic information. Within CAACTUS Experience you will be able to discover the beauty of Crete. On the island you will find a stunning landscape ideal for hiking trips, beautiful beaches almost untouched, unique villages reminding old Greek traditions, the healthy Cretan cuisine as well as vivid city life. It is almost as if Crete unites everything a traveller asks for. A hidden gem in the Aegean sea! From now on I will continuously upload blogposts on Crete’s secret gems. Follow my latest project called CAACTUS Experience to explore Crete at first hand!
EXPLORE THE ISLAND’S
Crete is a quite large island. To drive from one end to another it might take up to six hours. Due to the landscape and rough nature some areas are more secluded and therefore hard to reach. Not impossible though! The best way to travel around Crete is by car. Make sure to rent an appropriate one in order to reach even the struggling sites. The island has so much to discover which is why you should not spend a lot of time at the cities. If you arrive in Heraklion, you may stay two nights in order to check the city’s sightseeing and nightlife. You cannot visit all of Crete’s sites, especially not during a 5-day stay. That is why you should focus on 2 districts beforehand. Check the area on the north, but what you want to focus on is the south. This is where you will find Crete’s hidden gems!
Districts from West to East: Chania (Chania City), Rethymno (Rethymno City), Heraklion (Heraklion City) & Lassithi (Sitia)
The districts go from North to South. Cities found in North are well populated due to the ships that came from the regions above and docked at the harbors. Every district has one main city, though only Heraklion has an International Airport. In general, Heraklion is considered the capital of Crete since it is the largest city on the island (population around 170.000). Based on a survey by Euromonitor Heraklion is Europe’s fastest growing tourism destination in 2017. The city was ranked as the 19th most visited region in Europe (66th worldwide) and 2nd in Greece with a total of 3,4 million visitors in 2018!
What’s interesting is Crete’s diversity. It is the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with a size of over 8,000 km² and a total population of 624.000 inhabitants. To really discover Crete and explore the island’s hidden gems it is best for you to rent a car! In this way you are able to not only visit the main cities as well as mainstream touristic spots, but also drive towards the southern located, rather rural nature sites and experience the real beauty of Crete on your own! You do not want to miss out on this travel destination!