Have you ever visited a place where you just feel at ease? The harmony of the beach, the ocean and the mountains surrounding you and blessing you with serenity? If you haven’t, you should absolutely find that happy place for yourself.
I found this in Crete, Greece which is a large island located in Southern part of the Aegean Sea.
I have noticed a pattern in my favorite traveling destinations. Where the locals are extremely welcoming and there are few tourists, I tend to fall in love. Greek people are seriously some of the most welcoming people in the world, and some of the happiest. As you drive around this island, you see how little they have, but how happy they are, and it really warms your heart.
If you love beaches and mountains, this will be the perfect place for you. If you do happen to visit Crete, here are some of the locations you cannot miss!
Doesn’t this just look relaxing? The beach has very grainy but soft sand with tons of different pebbles. The day that I visited, it was quite windy (all of the tourists ran away, yay!), but the air smelled so good and the sun felt so glorious on my skin. When the weather allows it, you can play volleyball or enjoy water sports. There is a small strip full of cafes and bars right along the beach and a grocery store is also located near by, so if you want to grab some snacks and just enjoy the beach, you have an opportunity to do that too. Also, there is a cemented sidewalk right by the beach which is ideal for taking a walk or riding bikes.
Samariá Gorge National Park
This is actually a park that Peter and I discovered unexpectedly. We were looking for a cool beach to hang out at, and we saw an entrance to here. So happy that we ran into this gem! This happens to be one of the worlds Biosphere reserves. You can check out what that means here. As the name implies, it is a gorge. It measures about 16km long, so it is quite the hike. Instead of doing an actual hike, we ended up exploring some of the huge caves and walking down to the beach. I can’t even describe how superb this beach was. The sand wasn’t really sand, it was full of beautiful pebbles of all different shapes and sizes. It was extremely relaxing to just sit on the pebbles and stare out to the water. Also, if you are into camping, you are allowed to set up tents and fires here, which is perfect!
Seitan Limania Beach
This was for sure my favorite destination of the whole trip. I mean, look at the beauty of this place!!! Ah, I miss it so much! The water was so crystal blue and the beach was so soft and white! The cliffs surrounding this were safe enough to jump off of. I mean, what else can you ask for? Even the drive to this place was to die for, literally. Thank goodness we were driving a small compact car, because those mountain roads are no joke. If you make one wrong turn, bye…you’re off of the mountain. This is also quite a far hike down to the beach and back up, therefore if you are traveling with little children, I would probably not recommend this. I personally tripped and did some damage to my legs. If you are not traveling with children, this is a must see and do. Really have not seen anything quite like this and I travel a lot. Bring some beer, some snacks and spend the whole day in the majestic environment.
Besides the beaches, be sure to eat everything in sight! Greeks have some of the best cuisine I have ever tried. GYROS GYROS GYROS, meat and fish! This is an island therefore I do suggest taking advantage of the fresh fish while it is available. Also, throw away your phones and just drive around. Getting lost on this island is what made this vacation one of my favorites. Peter and I met some of the coolest and nicest people and ran into the most exquisite places while frantically trying to get back to a familiar place. Some trips just don’t need to be planned out, and this is one of them, which is a great way to spice things up in your life.
I can honestly say that this was the most refreshing vacation I have ever been on. Where was your most relaxing vacation?