Crete, Greece. Largest island in the Land of the Gods, A
Land in itself. Surrounded by clear turquoise
seas beneath Mediterranean blue skies. A land
of warm welcomes. Filoxenia. Good wines.
Outstanding beaches. Memorable holidays or a
perfect retirement................. Welcome to
Rodopos. Our Crete!
Kalos Ilthate -
Welcome to Crete
Real-life Guide to
Living in North Western Crete
Part 1 - The Rodopos Peninsula.
This personal local
guide starts where the
guide books start, and carries on where they stop! With the reality of living on the Rodopos Peninsula.
Amongst real Cretans in a real mountain village!
But start at the beginning - getting to NW Crete and getting to know it a little - Ela!
to Survival - Read On!
When to come
Depends on what you
want to do.... The
weather is usually sunny - in
Getting to Crete
how to get here. It's easier than you think..... If you have time - drive here.
expect when you get off the plane... Advice on not
having a bad time.
should be. The Capital is the city of Chania, or Xania..
Breakfast in Chania
Room-Service with a better view
and more action...... Closed
Celebrated firewater. Also called Tsikouthia and Rakis.
Universal mini -
NEW - 2014
(Birds of NW Crete)
Even on a Monday!
Past the police
station and to the beach
On the beach -
but don't try to walk to Chania
On the beach -
but don't try to walk to Chania
To Diktina and
Argentina without the travel
Gateway to Rodopos
rising road takes you to the Rodopos peninsula.
with sea level beach and harbour
Agia Ioannis -The legends:
Upside down trees
and bare-footed brides!
End of the road, but a prize
Athenian flea-market right here on
So you want to buy an old
Mesmerizing barrel maker at Kastelli - Kissamos
Some sell tickets and some
Hotels, Apartments and Rooms
Finding desirable accommodation
& Good Reading
abound. Authors may be even more numerous!
Living in Crete update
Food and drink
Maybe the best in the world...
Current Recipe - Fish Soup
Shopping in Crete
Don't bring the marmalade!
Mosques and Minaret's abound, but Greece is
The Leather Market
Skridlof Street is fast becoming a big jewelry shop, but you can
still buy good leather
Cretan Art and Crafts
Weaving, Pottery, Icons et al....
Part 1. Weaving
Go by bus - 'me to leoforio'
Newspapers and magazines
Greek in English and English in English - where to find it
TV and internet
The world is, literally, at your finger tips
Getting out and about .......
From wherever you are..
Diary LAST EDITION
Andrew Bell on Cretan Countryside.
1. Breathtaking countryside.
GALLERY - Cretan Fauna.
2. Paul Smith Birdwatching.
3. Bird wildlife Gallery.
Parks and Gardens
Top to bottom -
parascending to scuba diving - its all here
Pedal by Pedal directions
Rent a Car
The best agencies in Crete may
be your local ones
All at sea!
Local rides or weekend sprees
Athens return in a day...
Driving Days Out
Can take you anywhere..... but don't forget your maps
Gramvousa; Balos; Kithira; Gavdos
A Mountain Village
Off the beaten track in NW Crete
Maps of Crete
Choosing the right one
Short Stories *****
DECEMBER - Flying Home
Garden of Remembrance
Souda Bay War Cemetery
Meeting people in NW Crete
Current Vasilis Kazanidakis
Survive: Greek Language
Speak Greek Now! Carefully!!
are you from?
Apo pou isaste? Greek
Most things are cheaper and there some curiosities..
Safe: Stay Young:
Filoxenia for foreign visitors
Photo Albumns from Nomos Chanion
Central Market Photo Tour
Mhlia Traditional Village
Market & Harbour Area Tour
2008 - OLD CHANIA
Shrines - Klaus D.Thill.
Rebuilding a ruined house 1
Souda War Cemetery
Original sunrise/sunset Photographs from NW Crete
P29 & P30
NEW Wild Flowers here
The website of Bike Trekking Plan - see 'Hire a bike - Pedal
by Pedal directions'.
This is the superb
website of Paleologos travel, Iraklion. Crete.
Anywhere in Greece five star service. Of the very best.
This site will get
you to, in and around Greece from anywhere in the world. All
forms of travel. Online booking - time zones - even links to
An Aladin's cave of old goods for sale in Chania
Lets you see inside hotels and offers on-line booking
Take an Aerial tour of the Cretan coastline and beaches - land wherever you want
Crete's own magazine STIGMES
The very best for lovers of Crete; it's history & culture or soon-to-be visitors
If you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist!
of useful web-sites
2. Visit Most Recent Additions
The site is being continuously developed and updated. Helpful comments, criticism and suggestions are sincerely
welcome. We hope that you will find the site seriously enjoyable and informative. Remember though that not everyone sees things the same way as we do. If you feel that you don't like Crete at all after a visit, then wait a month. If you then find yourself wondering about whether you like it after all, then what can we say? The feeling will grow! Kalos Ilthate - welcome to Crete!
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