Crete: The Perfect Getaway

Our holiday has been overdue for a while. It gets difficult when two couples are trying to coordinate their leave. While everyone was sorting through their leave records, I was busy researching to find the place that we would visit next. Then I stumbled upon a deal on some All Inclusive Crete holidays quite by accident.

That’s what started me thinking Greece would be a great place to visit. The sea, the sun and the fun all seemed to beckon me to Crete. I put forward the proposal to the others and next thing you know, everyone was on board with the idea.

SpinalongaCrete turned out to be the perfect Mediterranean getaway. Its dreamy villages captured our attention, the moment we set foot on the island. There was so much to do and so many things to see. The worst part was that we had only a week to do it in. The first thing that we checked off our list was the Spinalonga. It was a treat for everyone. The paths of the fort seemed to lead us back in time.

We soon realized that Crete was steeped in history. Our tour took us to Konnos, Heraklion town, Rethymnon, Matala and Phaestos. Each and every single location took our breath away. Many of the archaeological finds in Crete lie amidst bewitching scenery. The beauty of the surroundings lies untouched by the developing cities. It is amazing how they have managed to preserve their natural ecosystems.

Samaria_GorgeThen on a more adventurous note. We explored many of the landscapes that had caught our attention. One of the things that will forever remain in my memory is the Samaria Gorge. It is a spectacular walk through the gorge as you watch the scenery changing. The cool mountain scenes provide a natural source of water in its purest form. You can even fill up your bottles for a refreshing drink. The walk was not very strenuous even though we were not used to that kind of activity.

As can be expected we reached back with a lot of aches and pains. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing. We soaked our aching bones in the Libyan sea. My husband sat on the shores with his sketch pad. The sketch that he drew has been framed and mounted on our living room wall. It remains as a memento of our time spent on the romantic shores of Crete.

We ended our day with a delicious dinner in one of the recommended restaurants in the city. I must say that the Greeks really know what they are doing the kitchen. The food was fantastic. The flavors of herbs, olive oil and lime were intricately woven together in each dish. True culinary genius!

The weekend came and the holiday was at an end, all too quickly. It was soon time to pack our bags and be on our way home. Though we were sad that our brief holiday had come to an end, we were also excited to see our kids. We had managed to do some shopping during our tour. I couldn’t wait to see their faces when they opened their gifts. After all who doesn’t love a surprise!