Summer is officially here for most of us, so what better time to post about my visit to a gorgeous Greek island than now? A short trip to Crete in October last year was my way of clinging onto summer for a bit longer when it was already starting to get v̶e̶r̶y̶ cold in Poland 😉
Crete is the biggest island in Greece that lies on the Southern part of the country. Before booking the flight tickets, I looked up the weather averages for the island and was excited to find out that swimming was possible until the end of October. Although September is considered one of the best months to visit Greece in general, early October is not a bad idea either.
The first thing we did after we landed at Chania airport was renting a car which was very convenient and necessary to make most of our few days there. The apartment we rented was very nice and the hosts gave us a warm welcome too. No Greek person I’ve met so far hasn’t been friendly.
I’ve to say that the gorgeous photos of wild Balos beach I found on the internet were what precisely convinced me to get to Crete as soon as possible. It looked unreal and I had been dreaming for months about it, so I was pretty excited to make a trip to Balos on our first morning there. The last part of the drive leading to Balos was interesting as we had to drive through unpaved dirt roads on mountains with no roadside barriers! It was a bit nerve-wracking for me as a passenger but views like these made up for it:
The views were incredibly breathtaking. From the parking spot, we had to hike for about half an hour down the hills to reach this exotic beach. I was in love with the desert landscape.
It was actually cloudy when we got there which means the view of wild Balos beach wasn’t as I had pictured it to be. There was no way I was leaving without seeing the splendid turquoise water, and the weather had predicted partly cloudy, so we decided to wait it out for around 3 hours after which the sun finally appeared and instantly beautified everything! The lagoon around Balos beach is shallow and calm, so it’s ideal for swimming.
The next beach we drove to was perhaps the most well known beach of the entire island: Elafonissi beach. This wide beach is famous for pink sand at certain times of the year. When we went there, we could spot some pink on the sand but it wasn’t that vivid. The beach is regularly ranked as one of the most beautiful in Europe and we could see why!
Its surroundings were gorgeous, the sea was gorgeous and there were restaurants and amenities. What I liked the most was how big it was, as it extended for miles and miles and all sections were unique and equally stunning! Do not give this beach a miss if you find yourself in Crete.
On the second morning, we drove to Ravdoucha beach for some snorkeling. We had to drive about 35 kms from our rented apartment in Kissamos to reach this lovely pebbly beach on a fine autumn morning. We had the whole beach to ourselves until about mid day.
The snorkeling was good but nothing extraordinary. There was also a little rock pool which was a good spot for just lazing in the water. After spending few glorious hours there swimming, snorkeling, playing beach ball, we went for lunch to the only restaurant overlooking the beach. A scrumptious Greek lunch that filled our stomachs and hearts, it was a perfect end to our little snorkeling trip. Next up was Falassarna!
A pleasant drive through Cretan landscapes, island villages and white churches shining against blue skies led us to the famous Falassarna beach on the west coast of Crete. The beach is famous for its wide stretch of sand, waves and wind, which also attracts windsurfers to the area.
We played for hours that late afternoon on the waves and later enjoyed some beach ball. The beach was big and didn’t feel crowded at all. Nearby were beautiful Cretan mountains that we enjoyed gazing at.
We stayed until sunset and it was quite memorable seeing the sun go down the sea right from the beach. This beach is good for parties, water sports and sunbathing.
Seitan Limania Beach
We had one last day in Crete before departing for Poland later that evening. We packed and left early as we planned to spend few hours at a wild beach called Seitan Limania not too far from the airport. We drove down a crazy hill on a road with no roadside barriers and parked at a picturesque point overlooking the gorgeous beach. We hiked down the hill, which was more adventurous than we thought. While doing so, we also spotted some wild mountain goats on the other hill.
Once we reached the beach , we were stunned by its magical beauty. The narrow stretch of water coming from open sea to the beach was very clear, turquoise and deep. It was surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs, making it a perfect place for jumping. This was my personal favorite beach in Crete and what I loved the most was its wild location and the crystal clear water.
Chania Town and driving around
For the second half of the day, we went to Chania town, checked out the markets and lighthouse near the venetian port. Ample culture and history were evident in the lovely city center. The port was pretty and buzzing with people and activities. We also found a small restaurant serving delicious Greek souvlakis in the city which we really enjoyed.
We then drove around the villages near the airport enjoying peaceful island scenery, checking out some more beaches and just having a really good time.
Overall, I really liked our short trip to Crete, especially how we visited many varied beaches on the island. I fell in love with both nature and culture of Crete during those three short days and long to go back again to explore more of this beautiful Greek island.