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Chania, Greece
Chania is one of the most beautiful cities of the island of Crete. One of the most beautiful corners of the city is the harbour. It was built on the Venetian era. Visitors will find there monuments of both the Venetian and the Ottoman history. The...
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Balkans
To the southwest coast of Crete lies one of the most magical beaches. "Elafonisi" is one of the exotic beaches of Crete, located about 8 km from Chania, is characterized by dunes of white sand, crystal clear shallow waters, the tranquility and the...
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Samaria 730 11, Greece
The Samaria Gorge is considered the "Grand Canyon" of Europe. This 16km trek is best started in the mid-morning to allow enough time to hike and to avoid the crowds that start the trek early. The gorge became a park in 1962, and is famous for the...
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Agiou Markou 8, Chania 731 32, Greece
Chania is arguably the most beautiful port city on Crete island, and it owes this title to its lovely Venetian Harbour. Walk through a maze of streets and alleyways and you'll eventually emerge onto the colourful waterfront. Other than the iconic...
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Dedalou, Iraklio 714 09, Greece
The remarkably mazelike passages of the palace of Knossos were excavated in the early 20th century. Until then the myth of King Minos who kept the bull-headed Minotaur in a secret labyrinth was regarded as, well, a myth. Archaeologists now agree...
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Agia Roumeli, Greece
Located at the base of the Samaria Gorge, Agia Roumeli is a stop on our Classic Crete Inn-to-Inn Sea Kayaking trip. We trek 16 km through one of Crete's most stunning National Parks, The Samaria Gorge. At it's thinnest point, it has a width of...
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Balkans
Enjoying an Alpha Beer at Marmara beach near Loutro, Crete. We paddled from Loutro to this isolated taverna, accessible only boat or on the E4 trail (the 10,000 km trial that runs through Europe). After kayaking, we enjoyed refreshments and...
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XENIA Hotel and Restaurant- Harbour at Chora Sfakion, Chora Sfakion 730 11, Greece
The best way to explore the south coast of Crete is by kayak. One of my favorite tavernas on the coast is the Mermaid Taverna, located at Sweetwater Beach. Accessible only by boat (or long hike), Sweetwater is named for its bubbling springs of...
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After a delicious meal at the local taverna, we head off in our kayaks back to Matala. It is a gorgeous paddle to Komos Beach, located on the south coast of Crete!
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Balkans
Part of our Classic Crete trip allows time for exploring the archaeological site of Phaistos, an ancient Minoan site that was inhabited as early as 4000 BC! It contains an extensive palace complex that was first excavated in 1874.
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Paralia Vathi, Mires 702 00, Greece
We stopped by Vathi Beach on one of our kayak trips out of Matala for the day. We packed our lunches and grabbed some Greek Coffee from Nikos when we arrived. Not only did we have a beautiful view for lunch but we also had some great entertainment...
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Red beach, 702 00, Greece
The guides of The Northwest Passage enjoy an ancient Minoan beauty ritual, then strike a pose for the camera! After a sublime morning of kayaking, the group convened at Red Beach, near Matala, Crete for a rest stop and a recharge! The Northwest...
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Matala beach, 702 00, Greece
Paddling back into Matala in our kayaks! The town offers amazing local tavernas and a few places to shop.
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Şahkulu Mahallesi, Galip Dede Cd. No:75, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
The Sema ceremony at the Galata Mevlevihanesi in Istanbul can be described in three words: hypnotic, tranquil, solemn. It was a beautiful experience.