Crete is the largest island in Greece and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Every year, millions of people visit the island for its beautiful beaches, its vibrant culture, and the endless holiday experiences and attractions to enjoy. Crete is also easy to get to, plus there is no shortage of amenities that will make your holiday even more enjoyable.
The island is popular thanks to its great weather and friendly people. Nevertheless, there are a few important things you need to know before your trip to Crete, especially if it is your first time visiting the island. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts of travelling to Crete.
Do: Be Friendly
While there are reports of crimes happening on the island (mostly minor crimes), Crete is a very safe place. You can be friendly to the locals and receive friendly treatment in return. The same can be said for fellow tourists you meet while visiting the island; being friendly to others never hurts.
When visiting popular beaches such as Balos or Elafonissi, for example, you will come across beggars and locals selling things like cheap sunglasses and jewellery. Don’t worry about their presence and simply say no in a kind and polite way. They will not press any further and you can continue enjoying the lovely beach.
Don’t: Party Recklessly
The nightlife in Crete is very exciting nonetheless. There are plenty of parties to go to every day of the week. As a matter of fact, there is always a party to go to from the start of the night to early in the morning. What you don’t want to do is party recklessly.
Keep in mind that there are other tourists at these parties. An accidental bump or a drunk slur is to be expected. Simply avoid confrontation and move on. You’ll have a much better time partying when you are responsible.
The locals are much better than most tourists you will come across while partying on the island. Locals will take you to your hotel when you’re too drunk to drive home.
Do: Stay in Villas
The best way to enjoy Crete is in utter luxury and one of the ways you can achieve that is by staying in a luxury villa. You will be surprised by just how affordable villas in Crete are, especially with service providers like BlueVillas, who offer many different villas within a large price range, as well as all-inclusive packages.
There is another advantage you can enjoy by staying in a luxury villa: you can travel with more friends and save a lot on the trip. The average villa has at least two bedrooms and can accommodate up to six guests in utter comfort. You can even rent a villa with its own private beach for the ultimate holiday experience.
Don’t: Rely on Taxis
Taxis are great and they are relatively affordable, but relying on taxi rides to fully explore the island is certainly not the way to go. It is much more affordable to rent a car or a motorcycle. As mentioned before, Crete is a big island with plenty of beautiful places to visit.
As long as you have your driving license with you, you can have memorable road trips and an awesome time exploring different parts of the island with your travel companions. It is also much easier to go to shops and restaurants when you have a rental car.
Another great way to explore Crete is by walking. You can simply drive to an area (usually a town or a beach) and explore that area on foot. Don’t forget the do’s and don’ts we covered in this article and you will have an incredible time enjoying the best of Crete.
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