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Plaka Plaka has a delightful square where you can sit under the shade of the eucalyptus trees and watch the world go by. There is a friendly and well stocked mini-market and a variety of small cafe-bars and lovely tavernas. Elpis serves everyone's favourite dish (chicken with metaxa and cream). For small lunch-time / evening snacks (and sometimes dancing) go to Bicorna - they are so Greek and so friendly and have a beautiful garden to sit in. Also, go to 'Theasi' for cocktails, snack meals, beer etc. - on the road up from Plaka towards Cambia on the right-hand side next to the Petrol Station.


Almirida In Almirida you can sit by the water's edge and enjoy a meal or cocktail. Try the new coffee / snack bar at the east end of Almirida right by the beach. Also - try Francoise's for breakfast to die for! (Cheese and chocolate and English breakfast). Erotokritos is one of our favourite reataurants - very friendly staff, good food and lovely atmosphere. Dunes bar is good for lunch-time snacks and has an internet cafe.


Chania The beautiful Venetian town of Chania with its narrow winding streets leading to the harbour is only about 35 minutes' drive away and is a 'must-see'; it has a wonderful atmosphere with a wide range of shops and restaurants to explore. Visit the water-side cafes for a relaxing breakfast or snack throughout the day. We like 'Thea' which is up a small flight of stairs on the corner from where you get a good view over the whole harbour-front. Semiramis restaurant is lovely - open air, often music, always good food and at reasonable prices.

The White Mountains

The White Mountains Wonderfully scenic and ideal for a day out - either to the south coast of Crete or up amongst the peaks near Omalos. There are delightful and friendly little inland restaurants up in the mountains which are well worth a visit. The restaurant at Malaxa is well worth visiting - stunning views over Souda Bay and the whole of the Akrotiri peninsular from up high (you even look down on the planes coming into land!)


Koumos Turn left (heading east) next to the Inka supermarket on the Kalives coast road and follow the signs - Koumos is on the left after about 1/4 mile - fascinating place to see and have a drink / snack. Very much worth visiting (and free if you buy a drink) and loads to take pictures of.


Aptera Ancient Roman ruins / town between Kalives and Souda on the left as you go west along the main road - fantastic views and a nice old fort to explore.

Lake Kournas (near Georgioupoli)

Lake Kournas Large freshwater lake with waterside restaurants - free parking and lots of interesting pottery etc. as well as the lake itself which is delightful. Pedalos are available to hire and you can see baby turtles, brightly coloured dragonflies and friendly ducks.

Chora Sfakion (south coast) / Boat trip to Loutro

Loutro Full day trip but interesting - you can catch a ferry from Chora Sfakion to Loutro (there's no other way to get to Loutro) and if you like, a small boat back for about 30 euros (for the boat not per person), rather than the bigger ferry if you want to be adventurous and see caves and things that you otherwise wouldn't.

Gramvousa / Balos

Gramvousa / Balos Stunning turquoise sea and place to visit. Check in Chania boat harbour one evening or look for information in villa to see if boat from Kolymbari is still operating, otherwise get (busier) boat from Kasteli / Kissamos. Note - no shade in Gramvousa so take a hat - but well worth going. Good idea to take a packed lunch.


Rethymno harbour A bit like Chania - beautiful harbour / galleons and shops. Also a nice market. It's about 45 minutes' drive from the villa. Lots of cafes and restaurants on the sea front. For a quieter meal, try 'The Lemon Tree' a few streets back.

Marathi beach

Marathi beach Directly opposite our villa on the Akrotiri side - go back towards the airport but instead of turning left to the airport carry straight on and follow signs. Good waterside restaurants with toilets. Small and pretty boat-harbour. Quite sheltered and nice sandy beach for swimming.


Platanias A nice touristy place to visit for presents / gifts - better maybe even than Chania. Long, sandy beach with fun water sports. Visit upper Platanias for restaurants with fantastic views and good prices.


Kalives Great restaurants and beaches. Try Mythos (in high street but park round the back ie next to sea). Medusa (near boat harbour at eastern end of Kalives - park in big open space by the beach; good for steaks). Il Forno (Italian next door) - wonderful pizzas. Restaurant just east of the Kalives Beach hotel on the sea-shore - out of this world Moussaka! and loads of other good food - don't order too much as portions are massive! It's common to share a dish so don't feel you have to order a dish each - vary it with say a salad, and other starters eg mushrooms, zuchini flowers or balls etc. Be adventurous! Or just sit up at the round bar outside of the Kalives Beach Hotel and have a cool drink and watch the world go by - yes you can drink there even though you're not staying in the hotel. By the way there's a good internet cafe in Kalives if you feel the need to send greetings back to the UK.

Souda War Cemetary

Souda War Cemetary The English War Cemetary near Souda (remembering many of those that lost their lives in the Battle of Crete). Very well maintained and moving. You may also want to visit the German cemetary further along the coast near Maleme.

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