Crete in 5 days (Chapter II)

Our first idea was to drive to the south part of the island stopping every time we saw an exotic beach through the window of the car. However, the charming mountains of Crete attracted us enough to make us change our plans. Driving among the cretan mountains and stopping in small villages was as nice as visiting famous beaches (or maybe better).

During our trip we stopped by different beaches that we found in our way. We do not even remember the name of them but it was a good way to check the shore of Crete.

We also followed the recommendation of our greek expat friend and we drove to Falasarna (probably you have already heard about it). However, we were a bit disappointed as we were expecting an idyllic beach with crystalline water. (At that time we did not know that we had to wait two more days to find something like that). Although Falasarna did not look as expected, the beach was good enough to have a walk and to drink a coffee in a small restaurant located close to it.

After the coffee we felt ready to continue our trip.

Driving around the mountains was an amazing experience. On our way we found small villages whose inhabitants sold their products on the road (we bought some sweet and tasty honey to one farmer. We recommend you to stop and check what they are selling,all of them are fresh products. So delicious!!).

Mountains in Crete are full with all kind of flowers and vegetation. They have also some kind of microclimate. Up there (at 1600 metres) we experienced all kind of climatological conditions: strong and light rain, sun, fog, warm wind… Furthermore we made some special friends: Goats. As they live free in the mountains we payed attention to stop the car every time they were crossing the road.

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After a couple of hours driving among narrow roads we reached our goal city: Paleochora. This small city is located between the mountain and the sea. Its main characteristic are its colorful houses close to the port.

Where to eat?

At the Epar.Od. Street you will find restaurants which serve tasty greek food. Do not miss the chance to have a nice dinner at the terrace and to enjoy the sunset. 

The restaurant where we had dinner. If you like fish we recommend you the swordfish; really tasty!!!

Our day in Paleochora came to an end after 24 hours. It was time to come back to the north of the island driving back through the dramatic mountains of Crete.

This time we finally found an idyllic beach on our way back. But let´s talk about the end of the trip another day.

 

In the meanwhile you can follow our travel journal in facebook to know more odd facts about Crete.

And you, have you ever been to Falasarna? Did you like it? Did you know anything about Paleochora? Leave your comments!

Iceland trip

 

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I would like to write a post explaining how amazing and wonderful Iceland is, however, there are so many dramatic things in this island that I cannot summarize all of them.

Iceland is a magical and colorful country full of contrasts.

 

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There is no picture or photo which can show the real beauty of this place and all the emotions we experienced visiting it.

If you are planning to visit Iceland, I highly recommend you to rent a car to drive all around the island discovering its beautiful villages, its dramatics landscapes and its unique black sand beaches.

 

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Its food is so tasty!!!… We discovered flavors and textures we had never eaten before. Ready to try shark?

 

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Iceland citizens are amazingly nice with foreigners.

 

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All around the country it is possible to find “hot springs”, where people can enjoy the warm blue water (water temperature between 37 and 39 degrees) while enjoying its therapeutic benefits. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit 🙂

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Iceland should be enjoyed, lived, discovered, travelled… It is difficult to explain its immensity with words.
If it is possible for you to go there at least once in your life do not doubt and… GO!

Rent a car, get lost in remote places, drink fresh water coming directly from the glaciers, climb a volcano…

Enjoy every corner of the island.

 

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It is a big world out there, it would be a shame not to experience it  –  Jo Andrews