Even this trip to Crete has been a demonstration that Greece as a tourist destination never disappoints: great hospitality, great value for money, beautiful and wild natural environments, total relaxation. I hope these photographs can convey at least part of the beauty of the places.
After visiting the Cycladic Islands, Santorini and Rhodes; This year I could not miss the great island of Crete, the cradle of the Minoan civilization, a very ancient civilization of which little is known yet but it does not stop to fascinate me.
But first of all sea, sun, olive, good food, and many but quite many goats everywhere also around beaches.
Photo gallery: Western Crete
Arriving by plane to Iraklio we immediately moved to the western part of the island, really long, looking for the best beaches.
The first step was Kissamos, which proved to be a great base for exploring both the north-western peninsula, the beaches of Falasarna and Balos, and even the farthest but most famous beach of Elafonisi in the south.
Lovely days spent in endless car trips in search of the best places; then we returned to Kissamos by a friendly couple of Greeks known through airbnb.
The pictures you find here abut the beaches of Crete can only give you the idea of their beauty. These are usually sandy and medium-deep beaches characterized by a truly crystal-clear water.
But it does not end there, I was really impressed by our second stop in the southernmost area, Paleohora, a little town discovered thanks to the word of mouth that really deserves a visit.