Crete – Greece’s largest island fulfills (almost) every travel wish

Kerstin Meyer from the Globetrotter travel agency in Hamburg-Neugraben discovered Crete in September 2011 and reports on her experiences.

Crete! A vacation destination that fulfills almost every wish.

With this statement from TUI Germany, which we received along with our program for the seminar trip, I looked forward with anticipation to what the tour operator had planned for us.

After a 3.5 hour flight we arrived in Crete and took the transfer bus to the Grecotel Marine Palace in Panormo. We stayed in this luxurious, green and very spacious resort for the first five days of our trip. The Grecotel Marine Palace as a TUI best family hotel is especially suitable for families. In addition to a varied children's program, childcare is also offered. Couples will feel just as comfortable at Grecotel Marine Palace, because the complex is very spacious and therefore everyone can find what they want, either rest or entertainment.

From Panormo we took the bus west to Georgioupolis. The beach of Georgioupolis is ca. 12 km long, rather fine sandy and with different widths depending on the section. With the "White Mountains" in the background, a small church in the sea and many eucalyptus trees, Georgioupolis is certainly the resort with the most beautiful beach on Crete.

Pilot Beach Resort Beach at the Pilot Beach Resort

Ca. 15 – 20 minutes walk from the resort is the 5 star Pilot Beach Resort. The complex consists of two building sections connected by an underpass, it is suitable for families as well as for couples. For families I recommend the upper part, for couples the lower part towards the beach. In the upper section of the resort is the main restaurant and also all other facilities, such as e.g. Fitness room, nice wellness area, an extra children's area with a nice playroom and also an extra children's area by the pool. The family rooms are also in the upper section of the resort. In the building section on the beach (lower part) there is a small, nice restaurant, but no special children's area. Thus it is a little quieter there.
The Pilot Beach Resort is for me one of the most beautiful hotels on Crete, u.a. because the resort is very clean and well maintained and there is a beautiful wide sandy beach here.

The city of Chania in the northwest of the island is definitely worth a visit. With its picturesque old town, the many small streets and the Venetian harbor, it is the most beautiful town on the island. A stroll through the market hall is recommended, where many traders offer typical products of the country.

Ca. 4.5 km from Chania lies the Grecotel Kalliston. A nice, well-maintained hotel with good bus connections to the city, a bus stop is located in front of the complex. The hotel is particularly suitable for enterprising guests who do not want to do without good comfort and still want to reach the nearest town quickly and easily.

Just outside of Chersonissos, a lively place with many restaurants, bars and discos, is the 4-star Hotel Nana Beach, a very beautiful, spacious complex with lush vegetation. In my opinion an ideal resort for families. Here a lot of emphasis is put on the safety of the children, e.g. all the pillars that are in the children's play area are softly padded. TUI best family children's animators offer a program for children of all ages.
From the hotel there is a footpath that runs along the beach in approx. 30 minutes walk to the town leads.

My excursion tips for your Crete vacation

Take a detour to the beautiful freshwater lake of Kournas, ca. 4 km away from Pilot Beach Resort and for active guests reachable by a short walk. Alternatively, the resort's funicular goes to the lake or you can use a rental car.

We recommend a trip to the Grecotel Agreco Farm in the hinterland of Crete. Many of the products used for cooking in the Grecotels are made there themselves, such as.B. Olive oil or wine. You can take a guided tour to learn how the olives are turned into olive oil or how the grapes are turned into wine. There are a lot of different animals on the farm and the landscape around the
Agreco farm is impressive.

Crete – a vacation destination that fulfills almost every wish.

The motto of my trip has been confirmed. Crete is really a very diverse island, which has something to offer for almost every taste. Beautiful beaches for bathers near Georgioupolis, impressive hills and gorges in the hinterland for active vacationers, lively towns with many discos and bars for young people (Malia and Chersonissos). But also wellness vacationers or travelers who want to combine a beach vacation with a small city trip are in good hands here.

You would like to travel to Crete yourself? I will be happy to advise you in the Globetrotter travel agency in Hamburg-Neugraben.

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