here, literally, should pose no problems, excepting travel in winter.
During the summer there are direct charter and scheduled flights; trains
and coach services run directly to Athens from most European destinations.
|Any competent car driver from
other European countries can be on Crete between two and seven days after
leaving home. The longest time being based on the mythological `normal
healthy average` both car and driver, leaving John 'O' Groats in Scotland on
Monday morning and arriving in Crete on Saturday morning.
| Knowing which
way is south is probably the only other essential qualification. Although
most charter flights will take you directly from your nearest airport to
either Heraklion (Iraklion) or Chania (Souda) airport, almost any other
route will take you via Athens (Piraeus). If you haven't been before and
have the opportunity to stop over, if even for a few hours, take it. All
you have heard is true - Athens is the most crowded; traffic congested;
overheated; fume filled; vibrant; alive; beautiful and culturally rich
city in the world. If you don't believe me then take a trip to the
Acropolis, sitting way above and encircled by Athens and just look. If you
want to test the water dive in, there is something for everyone just a
short walk or taxi ride away.
a look at the 'Athens Survival Guide' Matt Barratts' superb web site at athensguide.com Whatever else you do, don't miss Athens if you can help it. But, whether you
do or not, if you are not on a charter flight you will be headed for Crete
either by scheduled 'plane or Boat.