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What can you expect from this blog?

This is a blog where we share our personal experiences living and working in Crete.
Here, you will find insights and authentic stories about the people, culture and lifestyle on the beautiful, culturally rich island of Crete. 

Expect opinions, feelings and firsthand accounts of personal experiences of living in Crete, travelling around Crete with locals and floating on the stunning waters of the Gulf of Mirabello with our one-of-a-kind boat trips.

CRETE FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS

What are you looking for?

Explore the possibilities you have to enjoy Crete and find your perfect match.

Sara traditional motorsaiing boat in the Spinalonga Peninsula - From the drone
Sea
Experience the enchanting allure of Crete's coastline, where azure waters meet golden sands. Dive into a world of aquatic wonders, from tranquil bays to hidden caves, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sailing adventures.
Asterussia Mountains in South Crete
Mountains
Explore the rugged beauty of Crete's mountainous terrain, where majestic peaks tower above verdant valleys. Hike ancient trails, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and witness panoramic views that stretch to the horizon.
The Psiloritis mountains in spring: snow and flowers in the valleys
Countryside
Immerse yourself in the serene charm of Crete's countryside, where rolling hillsides are adorned with olive groves and vineyards. Discover quaint villages, indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences, and embrace the laid-back pace of rural life.
Typical villages and taverns in Crete
Villages and lifestyle
Discover the authentic charm of Cretan villages, where time seems to stand still amidst narrow cobblestone streets and traditional tavernas. Experience the warm hospitality of locals, and savor the flavors of traditional Cretan cuisine, rich in olive oil, fresh produce, and aromatic herbs.
The abandoned village of Sendili - Aposendili dam
Culture, History and Art
Delve into the captivating heritage of Crete, a land steeped in myth, legend, and ancient wonders. Explore archaeological sites, marvel at Byzantine churches, and admire the traditional arts that celebrate the island's cultural legacy.
Nature in Crete: the traditional and protected Kri Kri goats
Nature
Embark on a journey through Crete's diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush forests and rugged gorges. Encounter rare flora and fauna, and immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the island's natural surroundings.
South Crete - Dyskos
Adventure
Seek adrenaline-fueled thrills in Crete's outdoor playground, where opportunities for adventure abound. Satisfy your craving for excitement amidst breathtaking scenery.
Egret in the Spinalonga saltfields
Birdwatching
Unleash your inner ornithologist in Crete's birdwatching paradise, where diverse habitats provide sanctuary to a plethora of avian species. Grab your binoculars and explore wetlands, canyons, forests, and coastal wetlands and marshes teeming with birdlife.
Experiences: boat trips in the Gulf of Mirabello from Agios Nikolaos
Experiences
Create lasting memories with a variety of immersive experiences tailored to your interests. Discover the essence of Crete through unique and authentic encounters.
Places

Crete by Area

Crete is divided in 4 main regions: Heraklion, Chania, Rethymno, Lasithi.
Here we propose a different approach and we selected 4 areas that you can visit in Crete

 

Mirabello Gulf

A simphony of nature's beauty in the region of Lasithi

The South

Across the 4 regions

North East

North West

In Greece one has the desire to bathe in the sky.
You want to rid yourself of your clothes, take a running leap and vault into the blue.
You want to float in the air like an angel or lie in the grass rigid and enjoy the cataleptic trance.
Stone and sky, they marry here.
It is the perpetual dawn of man’s awakening
Henry Miller
Writer
About us

Travel with joy,
travel with us

My name is Sara, I am Italian but at one point I changed completely my life and now I live in Crete.

Crete is more than a location on the map; it’s a symphony of experiences intertwining between the past and the present.

I am lucky because in my life in Crete I immerse myself completely in local life and culture, discovering hidden treasures and embracing the joy of belonging to this unique community.

For this reason I decided to start to write this blog. I am grateful for the place I live now and I want to share what I learnt and learn every day about Crete and help others to discover aspects that are for travelers, not tourists.

But I am not alone in this. Every single thing I write comes from the experiences and adventures that I live with Dimitris, who is Cretan, and with the friends that I have met thanks to this special immersion in Cretan Life.

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Disclaimer

Trust that when some informative pages feature affiliate links that can contribute to the funding of the blog, or when I refer to the experiences with our private boat trips and travel experiences and proposals as owners of a holiday home, this will be clearly indicated.

When I speak about books there might be sometimes an affiliate link, even if I prefer to create pages with book reviews and put affiliate links only there. When I suggest travel apps usually I choose them because I really verified they might be useful for some kinds of travelers.

Usually I also make researches and the topics I decide to write about; you will find a list of the sources in the articles, in case I refer to external sources texts, websites, books and so on.

Sara