In 2016, mine & my partner’s holiday to Crete ,located in Greece, was one of our favourite holidays; the country was gorgeous & nearly everywhere we went we had to stop to take in the scenery – how could we not when it looked THIS beautiful?
The majority of the beaches we visited had restaurants & shops selling beach items located opposite which came in handy if you fancied a day at the beach, but forgot some of your beach essentials.
At the beaches themselves, they had little cocktail bars with these comfy as hell bean bags with tables placed under the Parasols. If that wasn’t enough, at this particular beach where this photo was taken, they brought your drinks & snacks (if you fancied something to eat also) to you; this made our beach experience even more pleasing.
On the topic of beaches, myself & my partner drove to this stunning secret beach that only a few people knew about. Unfortunately, we didn’t take down the name of this beach but if you ask the locals, I’m sure they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Here’s a bit of a head’s up, it’s VERY hard to find (that’s part of the reason why I refer to it as a secret beach). Renting a car for our time there, allowed us to find secret treasures of the island like this one!
TIP: If you can drive, RENT A CAR!!
When we pulled up to this beach, it kind of took our breath away as to how beautiful it was! The only downside was, in order to get down to the beach itself, you might have to risk your life a bit (haha) by attempting to walk down a VERY steep hill with a ‘man-made’ footpath for those who were brave enough to risk it. (The photo below makes it seem like an easy trek – but DON’T BE FOOLED!). Myself & my partner were tempted, but being the fashionable (haha) girl I am, I wore sandals & I think you’d agree with me when I say that sandals aren’t the ideal footwear to tackle a steep, rocky hill where in the case of a fall, it wouldn’t be a great story to tell. So instead, we admired from the top whilst the brave (with appropriate footwear) passed us to enjoy the beautiful secret beach in it’s entirety.
TIP: If you do find this beach, go prepared with appropriate footwear… & enjoy!
This was mine & my partner’s first time jet skiing & it WAS AMAZING!!! It was a tour that lasted for about 2 hours, with other holiday-goers & of course, a tour guide who knew his way around the waters.
I can’t begin to explain what this experience was like. For someone who isn’t a strong swimmer, it was a VERY BRAVE move; but a move I do not regret in the slightest!
It was such a surreal experience being out in the open water; the wind & sun caressing my skin & the sea water every now & again splashing me in my face.
The tour guide brought us to a lovely area of another beach where we all stopped & had a refreshing can of cold drink of our choice; could it have been any better?
On the same day as the jet skis, we embarked on our first time doing parasailing. I had always wondered what it was like & like jet skiing, that was another surreal occurrence; we were essentially sat on a padded bit of material that was supported by a harness in the middle of the sea, with stunning views of Crete from above. Another unforgettable experience!
If you’re a bit of a thrillseeker & like getting a little dirty, then this buggy tour is just for you! Located in Rethymnon, it is easy to get to & they also offer a vehicle that can collect you from your hotel & they drop you back at the end of it also.
On this tour we drove on the main roads, through dusty side roads, up rocky hills with EXTREMELY small paths; sometimes very close to the edge of cliffs, we even drove (really quickly) through muddy warm water.
The whole tour was definitely more than we had anticipated & was definitely worth getting dirty for. The tour guides gave us a quick break at this secluded destination where they gave us sandwiches they had prepared earlier.
I can’t recommend this tour enough – you won’t regret it.
TIP: Wear clothing & footwear that you don’t mind gettin’ a lil dirty. You’ll LOVE it!
However, this experience was a little different as last time we did it indoors, but this time, this time it was outside in the gorgeous sunshine.
This was our second time doing a segway tour (as you’ve probably already seen in my Portugal blog). This one was just as great at the first time; we were able to see a bit more of the wonderful city of Rethymnon, Crete.
The duration was about an hour & it took us along the beach front, past a castle & through small traditional streets. It was a lovely tour & you don’t need to have any experience of using a segway as the tour guide makes sure you’re comfortable with the general controls of the vehicle before letting you begin – you’ll be in safe hands. Our tour guide was also super knowledgeable about the city & also recommended some of the activities featured in this blog!
Finally, if you’re a waterpark junkie like myself, Watercity is just the thing for you! They have numerous rides for you to try & the best thing is that the waiting time for each water ride wasn’t too long.
TIP: If you do go, remember to bring sandals to walk around in, the stoned ground gets extremely hot & walking between rides can be a bit of pain with the ground being (sometimes) unbearably hot.
Unfortunately, as it was a waterpark, we couldn’t take our phones with us to take pictures, but the memories are still vivid in our memories.
At Watercity, they have a restaurant that sells foods such as burgers, hot dogs & other fast foods, so you can have a nibble before throwing yourself down one of their huge waterslides or take a break from the rides to refuel.
Whatever you decide to do; you’ll have an amazing time!
Why not spend one of your hot afternoons relaxing in (or by the pool)…
Thank you for taking the time to read this & please, if you ever do get the chance to visit Crete & do or go to any of the places mentioned, don’t hesitate to share your experiences with me; I’d love to see them!
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