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With Fabled Mykonos and its windmills and ever popular Santorini, why go to Crete instead for your vacation?
There are 6,000 Greek islands to choose from! Crete is the largest of them all and has four “prefectures” or regions you can consider for your trip. While Heraklion is the biggest of them, the beaches and awesome mountains are also a draw throughout the island. However, the best known aspect of Crete is its storied archaeological finds.
Crete for History:
It’s hard to think far back enough to the start of Crete’s history in Neolithic times. First settlements have been noted since prehistoric times in 6000 BC. It has been at the crossroads of Asia Minor, Africa and Europe and has been blessed with a good climate. The Golden Age of Crete’s civilization was the Minoan Period reaching its height in 1950 BC as seen in Malia, Faistos and Knossos.
Crete for Sports/Active Vacations:
ExploreCrete offers a real wealth of active options for your vacation:
Greek Islands are really affordable for a wide range of budgets. Whether you are a youthful backpacker or looking for a sedate 5-star experience, you will find that Greece still has something for everyone.
How can you find the best deals? 1. If it is possible, go off-season, and get up to 50% off. 2. Seek out the less well-known islands. I always prefer to go off-the-beaten-path to find real “gems” and smaller crowds. With less demand, there comes every tourist’s dream: lower prices.
For solo travelers tired of paying “2-for-the-price of-1”, European lodging provides relief. Many, if not most, offer a reduced rate for “one adult one room” versus “Two adults one room”. Unlike the standard “rack rate” elsewhere, single travelers can receive discounts of 40%. Even the 5-star Stockholm Grand Hotel has solo-priced deals.
While some hotels and bed and breakfasts have smaller “single rooms”, others provide discounts for standard or double rooms occupied by only one adult. For London, Paris, Italy and Greece, we have just added 20 new listings to our 191 “Top Value” lodgings on our free solo search tool website at the SoloTravelPricingTracker.net. Check often as we have frequent updates.
Pela Mare Hotel is enjoying an elevated position with a 360-degree view over Agia Pelagia bay. Only 0.9 mi from Blue Flag Agia Pelagia beach, it features Aegean Sea views, spacious gardens and 2 pools.
The spacious units of the Pela Mare are spread over an 36 ft² area of colorful gardens and palm trees. They are all air-conditioned and come with a fridge, a coffee machine and tea/coffee making facilities. Each includes a separate bedroom and a living room.
Breakfast is served at the spacious cafeteria and snack bar. Lunch and dinner with a focus on Cretan diet, as well as refreshments and cocktails, may be enjoyed by the pool and beautiful gardens. Various taverns and cafes line the beach of Agia Pelagia. Packed lunch baskets are available upon request and at an extra charge.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Reception services include excursion/tours arrangements, tour assistance, currency exchange and postal services.
Pela Mare guests are walking distance from shops, a supermarket, a diving center and car rental agencies. The hotel is 9.3 mi west of Heraklion, 12 mi from Heraklion Airport and 11 mi from the port.
Free private parking is available on site.
Featuring a restaurant and a pool with terrace in its palm-tree garden, the Royal Sun is within 2 miles of the center of Chania Town. It features air-conditioned accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea and the town.
Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms at the Royal Sun are decorated with green-wood furniture and soft colors. Each unit has an LCD satellite TV, a safe and a fridge. A hairdryer and free toiletries can be found in the private bathroom.
A buffet breakfast is served daily at the dining area, and guests can also enjoy Greek and Mediterranean dishes at the on-site restaurant. Coffees, refreshing drinks and cocktails are served at the lounge bar throughout the day.
Sport facilities include a fitness center and a ping-pong table. The staff at the front desk can arrange car rental and can provide currency exchange services.
The Royal Sun is 3.5 miles from Souda Port and 7.5 miles from Chania International Airport. The staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide information on the scenic Venetian Port of Chania,2 miles away. Free private parking is available on site.