Saturday, 12 July 2014

Holidaying - Crete

First of all, I'd just like to say sorry for the lack of regularity in posts, I had planned to schedule some but these last few weeks have been fairly crazy and busy. I start my work placement on Monday and I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine! Last week I was on my travels again, this time to Crete! I had a perfect week and the hotel we went to was brilliant - I would definitely recommend it.
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We booked our holiday with Thomas Cook for 1 week (though I wish it was longer!) at Iberostar Creta Panorama in Crete. We had a brilliant flight there, the plane was less than 6 weeks old, and service was really good, the transfer was also simple and smooth. When we arrived at the hotel we learnt we'd been upgraded to a sea view room as it was my birthday while we were there! Thank you Iberostar for that!
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The hotel itself was lovely. It was really clean and decor was done well. It's a fairly large resort with 2 hotels there (Creta Panorama and Crete Marina) and waterside bungalows which looked really cute for a family or larger group. The way it's laid out though means it doesn't seem as busy. There are 4 pools, 1 freshwater and 3 saltwater, and then 2 man made cove/beaches. There are sun beds in the gardens as well (which are beautiful). We usually laid in the gardens overlooking the sea and just walked up the steps to the pool when we felt like it. In my opinion, it was really well laid out and I liked it!
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Year Abroad blog
Year Abroad blog

The weather was absolutely lovely while we were away, almost always above 30 degrees but there was a couple of windy days! It still wasn't cold in the slightest but it did mean there were some pretty large waves on the coast, in the middle picture above you can see how the waves were coming into one of the coves. The other days we were there the sea was totally calm.
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Year Abroad blog
On my birthday we went on a boat trip round some caves! We went up to our room after lunch to drop our phones off (as we didn't want to risk them getting wet on the boat!) and found a surprise in our room: cake and a bottle of bubbly! The cake was delicious too. We then went back to the little harbour to where the water sports are and went on the boat trip, which was sooo worth the money. Some of the caves were absolutely beautiful, especially the "Lion" cave, which has a rock formation in the middle that looks just like a lion! Unfortunately my camera died so I only have a picture of the first cave we went in. We then regretted not bringing our phones!


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Year Abroad blog
We also went to the local town Panormo for an afternoon one day, it's 2 euros each way on a road train but some people were walking it (it was about 2 miles away from our hotel). The town itself isn't huge but there a number of restaurants, places to have a drink and small shops, where I bought a couple of gifts. There's also a big sandy beach and small harbour. It's definitely worth a visit as the town is really quaint and Greek with its narrow cobbled streets and beautiful flowers.

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All in all, I had a completely perfect week and I just wish we had longer there! I would 100% recommend this hotel and Crete in general. It's a beautiful island and everyone we met was super friendly - especially the bar staff haha! 

Have you ever been to Crete or other Greek islands? How did you find them?
Hannah Lane

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