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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2016
Walking/Historical Guide(s)  (4 Answers)

I have booked a last minute holiday to Crete 11-19 Oct 16, staying in Bali, and I'm looking for a guide(s) to show me the local historical sites and possibly climb to the top of the island.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 23, 2016
tourist information in chinia  (3 Answers)

We will visit chania in November during our cruise (Souda port). Where is the tourist information center to get maps and information?
thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2016
Transport from and to Agii Apostoli

I plan to holiday in Agii Apostoli, to the west of Chania, for 7 days in September. I do not have a car.

What is the situation with public transportation (eg buses) if we want to travel along that coastline to the west of Chania? Is it for example reliable and frequent? And are the local taxis expensive?

In addition, if we want to go on day excursions to Agria Gramvousa Island and to Elafonissi Beach and Island, from Agii Apostoli, what is the best way?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2016
Hiking the Samaria  (10 Answers)

Hi there. Will I be able to find walking sticks, such as tree branches, at the top of the gorge in Omalos, before I start the hike down to the sea? I really do not want to carry around expensive aluminum "ski poles" all over Europe. If not, should I take the "lazy hike" (going Up the Samaria to the narrow point, then returning down) the day before the downhill hike, so I can certainly find discarded tree branches?! And any advice re hiking is appreciated. I'm in my late 50s, and I consider myself an advanced beginner with good lower body strength. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2016
10 day itinerary for solo traveller 35 year old in Crete  (6 Answers)

Hi guys

I am hoping that someone may be able to help me come up with an itinerary please.

I am a single traveller, age 35 and I have just booked my flights to Crete for a ten day trip! Very exciting.

I am struggling to come up with a viable itinerary for my trip and would love any advice from experts on the island.

What I am after:

I like a variety when on holiday, I like to cover a lot of ground and see lots but also have some beach/chill days inbetween. So I want to include a town, villages, the best beaches and harbours/ports.

I love photography, village life and would love to ge some typical Cretian snaps.

I love history, beaches, port towns, hidden gems such as old villages.

I will be on public transport.

I dont like mega touristy places but wouldnt mind seeing this for a small amount of time.

Restaurants cafes and bars are a must.

Happy to stay in smaller cheaper places rather than big hotels.

Would prefer to stay near a beach for most of the trip.

Want to include some typical Cretian villages.

This is my base itinerary below, I have a number of days left over and I am unsure whether it is worth me going to Loutro for a few days?

Really I would like to get an idea of the most scenic places to visit which arent completely 'dead'

Will I have enough time in Chania and Heraklion or have i given them too many days?

I have read about Chrissi Island and would love to have this in the itinerary, but perhaps stay somewhere in the south then head over.

I have read so much and I am so confused by the suggestions, there are so many places to chose from! Any help is gratefully recieved.

Thanks in advance :)




26 SEP DAY 3 HERAKLION - Palace of Knossos, Heraklion Archaeological Museum OR Historical Museum of Crete

27 SEP DAY 4 HERAKLION - Spinalonga day trip 40 euros

28 SEP DAY 5

29 SEP DAY 6



02 OCT DAY 9 CHANIA - Chania Old Town and Old Venetian Harbour

03 OCT DAY 10 CHANIA - Balos Beach and Lagoon Trip


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2016
Samaria Gorge  (8 Answers)

In the second week of October, we want to go to the gorge by either car or bus. We can take a tourist bus day trip, via to and from the site? And take the ferry, from Agia Roumeli to Sfakia, to meet the bus ride back to Chania, all in one day? Yes If we choose to drive to Omalos, does it become more complicated: staying the night in Roumeli, taking the ferry to Sfakia late the next day, staying overnight there, and then a cab, back to the car, on the third day? We are a couple in our late 50s, no kids. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2016
Quiet locations on Crete  (12 Answers)

We're a couple in our late 50s who seek hotels Away from "party spots," loud sections of town etc, although we are not ready for the mortuary! We're planning to drive around the island in 7 nights, stay in different towns, but we're flying into and out of Chania. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks alot!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2016
October car rental  (5 Answers)

Hi guys. We'll be there for the second week of October, arriving & leaving from Chania. Should we not rent online, but wait until we arrive? Also, we can only drive an automatic, not a stick. What do you suggest? Thanks again!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2016
Athens to Crete in October  (4 Answers)

Take hydrofoil or plane? Time and costs? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2016
Car rental  (2 Answers)

We will be travelling to Rethymnon at 21 of jun. Where should i rent a car in chania airport or near to get a cheap and good deal?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2016
What to pack  (5 Answers)

What clothes should a couple in their early 30's pack for a holiday to Crete the end of June?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2016
Bus Services  (6 Answers)

We will be travelling to Maleme for a fortnights holiday the last two weeks in June. It is our first time in crete and wanted to know if anyone can point us in the right direction regarding bus services. Times, frequency, etc from Maleme to Chania and surrounding areas.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2016
Travelling to Crete  (8 Answers)

Hi, My husband and i are travelling to Crete in June first week. Where should we stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2016
License requirements for scooter in Crete  (5 Answers)

I am an Australian citizen with an open C-class license. This license authorises me to ride a 50cc scooter. Will I lawfully be allowed to ride a scooter in Crete if I have an International Drivers License translation of my Australian drivers license?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2016
Travelling overland to Chania from Ireland  (1 Answer)

Hi, we are hoping to drivel from Ireland to Chania next year, has anybody made this journey and have you any tips re routes, ferries, places to visit etc.? Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 21, 2016
Auto rental  (8 Answers)

Does anyone have any comments or thoughts on renting a car at the Heraklion Airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2016
Homecoming  (5 Answers)

After having lived on the island of Crete for almost two years, I am about to make my second trip back next month. When I returned in 1994, I did virtually everything wrong.
Hopefully, I will do a bit better this time. I hope to be there for a week and would DEARLY LOVE to connect with some of the people with whom I worked at Iraklion Air Station in the early to mid-1970s. If anyone on VT knows of any Greeks, Brits, or Americans who worked at IAS during the '70s, please send me their names and contact information or ask them to contact me at [email].
Some of the names that I remember include Bobby Samalodas, Ken Bardsley, Eva Ilaridou, Joseph Perron, Mike at the Officers Club, and Mike's in Hersonnisos. I lived in Kokkini Hani and was very impressed to discover that my home had been replaced by a very posh resort when I returned in '94.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2016
Relaxing, quiet,  (8 Answers)

We're two active, mid 50's who like a relaxing holiday is small, local places by the sea. Crete is our plan for 2016. Ideally, somewhere with some bars and restaurants and a lack of nightclubs! We plan to travel in September, and go self catering if possible. We're not high maintenance, so long as the place is clean, comfortable and close to amenities, we're good to go. We like to walk, cycle, use local transport and generally explore. We've had a couple of suggestions, Sissi being one. Most of the reviews I read, though, are quite a few years old. Anyone visited recently, got any suggestions?

My wish list (but realise I can't have everything) is: Clean, self catering apartment, sea/harbour view, local/small town/village, bars/tavernas, supermarket, local restaurants.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2015
Air Minoan has any body travel with them?

Can someone tell about their experience of the flight?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2015
Night life in Crete  (8 Answers)

i am planing to come with my friends to crete in late September
We are age between 30 to 40 mens .

Looking for night clubs and have fun in Crete .
Any ideas ??
Also we are looking for villa with private swimming pool for more fun any ideas ??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2015
Chania/Platanias : Help, what to see and where to eat and so on..  (6 Answers)

Hi all, hope to get some inspiration here, we are a family of 6, (age: 9-5-17-41-47and 76)whos going to Crete in september. We are staying at a hotel in patanias,
we have been talking about going to Knossos, and to the maritime museum in chania, and to the church near the harbor in chania(been told its very beautiful) Do any have any other idea of what would bee good to visit/see?

shopping, Where is the best? Is there an photo/electrical shop(where to buy equipment, memory cards etc)

Where is it good to go and eat for lunch and dinner, ?

We have been searching for guides to show us chania, but they are way to expensife, do any have any recomendations for a costable guide?

X my fingers for some answears :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2015
Card or cash  (7 Answers)

We are going to Crete in September, we have been advised to take cash but I have seen that any purchases over 70€ have to be paid by card. Advice please

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Buses Gouves to Heraklion  (1 Answer)

I believe there are buses on the main road Gouves, if so how frequent do they run, and do you pay the driver. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2015
Euro crisis  (4 Answers)

Can anyone on Crete please advise me of the current situation as to what is happening as I've got a Son on holiday. So much hype is in the media that I really do no know what to believe. Please no speculation just hard facts from Crete - we've heard stories that food and pharmaceutical supplies are running out - is this true?? Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2015
Current situation with banks in Crete  (3 Answers)

My Son is departing for Crete next Sunday and as parents we're worried about the current currency situation. He does not have a credit card only a bank debit card. Which currency is preferred - is it still Euros or would US$ GB £ be a better option. If local people could keep me updated I would be much appreciated. Much has been heard about what is happening in Athens but how much is this directly affecting Crete. I note that the banks will be closed for at least a week - difficult to distinguish fact from fiction in the media

Hoping someone can keep a worried mum up-dated. Please no generalised info - hard facts as to what is happening.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2015
gouves or malia ?  (5 Answers)

I am going in the end of september for 5 days. not interrested in parties. ( we are daughter and mother) just want to relax on the beach and take a trip (independant) to spinalonga. will most of the place closed this time ?what is the best choice for us ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 25, 2015
Is there a lot of thorns on Crete - want to cycle, but not be fixing punctures  (4 Answers)

I am coming to Crete in July - want to cycle as much as possible, but worried that I am going to be fixing punctures for most of my holiday ? The videos I see gives idea that a lot of dry bushes etc would leave lots of sharp thorns, sticks for my tires. Dis anyone of you cycle / walk a lot around Crete ? South, Central, close to Heraklion as well.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2015
Car Rental  (3 Answers)

Should I rent car or take public transportation?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2015
What to see and how to go ?  (6 Answers)

I'm going to Crete for 9 days-(arrival july 3 th) .(Couple 65+) booked hotel via (Belgian)travel agency in Anissaras (Chrissy Amoudia). but we want to see some history ( + cathedral Heraklion, Knossos.....) We normally travel: or with public transport or with rental car. I found one daily bus to (9.00 am ) and from (1.45 h pm) Heraklion that stops at the hotel. So I think we'd better rent a car. Any suggestions? or are there more buses available ? Which places are also interesting ? (within 50 km).As I said we are 65+, I'm 67, my husband 70, we still want to travel and discover new places, but we do need a few days more to realise it. (both have back- and heart problems, but we still don't give up !) who wants to give an (ancient) couple a good advice ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2015
Where to base  (15 Answers)

We are a well travelled 60+couple who travel usually by public transport. We love history and sightseeing, where would we best to base to explore the most. We are completely easy and have only been to Rhodes. Thanks Chris

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