There’s something about the blues and whites of Greece that pulls travellers like moth to a flame. The historical sites, the fresh seafood, the filling Greek gyros, the iced coffee, the mind-blowing sunsets, and the vast sea hugging the whole country are some of the many reasons to visit this underrated country. For us, Greece remains one of our favourite countries so far and may continue to remain so. Thanks to the economic crisis, popularity of songs and movies shot in famed 'Santorini', and the reputation of Mykonos as the world's finest party destination, the popular islands of Greece have become a bit too touristy and overcrowded. Though unfortunate, this leaves many other parts of the country off the limits of tour groups, keeping them sane and raw for the curious traveler to find peace in.
At the southernmost tip of Greece lies the largest and the most populous island of Greece, Crete. Pronounced as /Kreetee/, this island marks the border of European land making Crete a bridge between Europe and Africa. Undoubtedly, Crete houses varying cultures and cuisines that shows off its glorious past and its strategic location on the map. There aren’t any blue domes in Crete and the art, music, and food is remarkably different from the rest of the country. It would be incorrect to call Crete ‘offbeat’ as many history lovers, beach enthusiasts, food connoisseurs, hikers, and cyclists make it to the island. The good news though is that Crete continues to remain non commercial and ‘touristy’ making it a perfect spot for those looking at exploring Greece differently.
In this article, we give you a super short itinerary to begin to know this unusual Greek island and befriend it to come back later for a longer affair.