Your Crete Personal Pages - The Page of Selena
Last visited Crete: Feb 2003
Crete is special to me because I have been working there every
summer for five years now, along with my mother who is an aromatherapist,
and I have never been anywhere else where the people are so friendly and
welcoming. I also love waking up in the morning and seeing the sea, and
watching the sun rise over the mountains there.
Favourite restaurants in Crete: In Stalis: Romantic Corner: great
food, and one of the nicest views in Stalis, plus friendly service (I
met my boyfriend Billy there!).
Anatolia: nice waiters and Manos and Lefteris the owners were very friendly
too. Hellas Taverna: their traditional Greek food is Amazing, and there
is usually a lot of Greek dancing going on too...
Favourite accommodation in Crete: La Luna appartments, Stalis
on the main road, not the one on the beach road. Run by the Salavantakis
family, they were the reason we decided to come back to Crete because
of such a good holiday staying there. Their son Yiorgos is a very good
friend, the rooms are clean and huge, and the staff great fun. There is
a nice pool, and delicious BBQs.
Favourite beach in Crete: Most of the beaches that I know are
very crowded most of the time, but there is usually a nice spot somewhere
along the Stalis beach, best to head for your favourite daytime bar and
You have to see in Crete: Knossos ruins, very impressive and although
it has been controversially restored, it gives a great image of how it
originally looked. Also see the sunrise, with someone nice!
Night Life in Crete: Where to start? It really depends what kind
of nightlife you prefer. Firstly in Stalis for dancing, go to either Stargate
or Miami. Stargate has a larger dance floor, but Miami seems to have more
atmosphere. Both places have great music and staff. For traditional Greek
drinking, find the raki bar slightly back from the beach road, kind of
near Sea Wolf. It's new this year and is owned by the people who used
to run Yogis, great mezes with your raki.
Personally I prefer Hersonissos to Malia, too many 16yr olds vomiting
and having sex all over the place for me... For dancing try Camelot Club
and Amnesia. Camelot has my favourite DJ Mr G, it can get VERY busy at
the height of the season but is very cool. I find the drinks can be a
little more expensive there, but it's worth it for the atmosphere. Amnesia
has slightly different music, you have to choose which you prefer. My
previous favourite place in Hersonissos was Coyote Bar, formally Trust,
but I'm not sure if it's opening this year.
Off the beaten path in Crete: Find Lychnostatis Museum, between
Stalis and Hersonnissos. It is very relaxing and romantic, but easy to
miss. It recreates Cretan houses, has a herb garden, chapel, beautifully
carved trees and wine tasting etc. I enjoy visiting it every year, and
often take a book to sit and read there.
When in Crete be careful about Driving scooters, I can not be
hypocritical and tell you not to ride them as I do it myself and often
without a helmet, but they are Very dangerous, as are the other drivers
on the road. Going against what people usually say about Greek drivers,
its usually much more the drunk tourists driving that cause the accidents.
Watch out for the "kamakia", young and sometimes older male
workers who have the hobby of "kamakiing" or chatting up as
many girls as possible. In 95% of cases, the next week they will be with
someone else, so please try not to fall in love and BE SAFE!
Do not take drugs there at all, the penalties are severe and you don't
need drugs to enjoy the place.
Transportation:Buses are very regular between Stalis/Malia/Hersonnisos,
usually every half an hour and cheap. Get on at the back and sit down,
the conductor will come and take your money for your tickets. either press
the button or tell the conductor where you want to stop. After about 11pm,
you will have to get a taxi. decide a fare before you get in. Its much
better to take a bus to Heraklion yourself than take a tour, its way cheaper
and you will have time to see everything properly rather than being rushed
along. You won't get lost and you can always ask a passing Greek to help
Cultural Tips: Like everyone says, learn some Greek, eg Yiamas
is cheers. Try the greek food and don\'t live in english pubs there whats
the point of going?
Favourite Links about Crete: www.explorecrete.com,
Additional Comments: If you see a girl doing henna tattoos in
Stalis this year come up and say hi, it could be me! Also if you want
an aromatherapy massage, e-mail me and I will send you my mother's details.