The Crete Escape

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

# We’re all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or two # 

Over the May bank holiday, me and DG packed up our bags and jumped on a plane to Crete for a long weekend of sunshine, relaxing and too much food. There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when the plane doors open and the heat bursts in to welcome you!

Crete is the largest island in Greece, the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea, and it is beautiful. 

We hired this little orange beast to get us around and hit the open road. 

The coastal road from the airport had stunning views of impressive mountainscapes to the right and never ending blue sea to the left. DG did the driving and I was responsible for repeating “drive on the right, drive on the right, stick to the right”. 

The mountainous roads are pretty treacherous and could lead to immediate death with just a millisecond of distraction. DG enjoyed my fear and drove as quickly and erratically as he could!

Our base for the trip was the fishing town of Elounda, in the East of the island. We booked to stay at the beautiful Elounda Ilion hotel. As it was the start of the season, the hotel was practically empty so we basically had a private pool.  

We spent our days sleeping in the sun, having a quick break to eat lunch then back to reading and sleeping. It was such hard work.

Here’s the view from our room.

Bet you didn't know I'm part blogger / part fisherwoman in my spare time

My favourite part of being on holiday is getting to try lots of different food and in Crete we mostly ate food with these views. Now you can’t complain about that right?

Here’s a few of my favourite meals for your viewing pleasure.

Prawn Saganaki.

Deep fried Anchovies.

Lamb Gyros.

Chicken Souvlaki.


One evening we did as the locals do and following a recommendation from the Nikos, the friendliest waiter you could hope for, we bundled into the car and drove to a sleepy little village in the mountains for a taste of some real Greek taverna food, far from the tourist trail. The restaurant was full of Greek families, all eating, happily chatting loudly over each other with children running around. 

A real family vibe.

We were ready to test out our best Greek but luckily the menu had been translated into English. To start, we ordered a Greek salad, tzatziki, bread and olives and the best dish of all…..cheese balls! 

These bad boys will stay in my mind forever; melting on the inside and with a wonderful golden brown crust on the outside! I’ve found this recipe online if you fancy making them yourself: Perfect cheese balls recipe

Greek Salad. 

For mains we’d ordered lamb chops and we were given a HUGE portion to share. They were delicious. 

We were well and truly stuffed, then we were treated to a plate of fresh fruit, a chocolate cake, panna cotta and a mini jug of Tsipouroalso, known as Raki. This stuff is lethal, it’s about 45% alcohol and oh does it burn! We gobbled down the desserts, feeling like we might burst. Then when the waiter saw how much we’d enjoyed the panna cotta – he bought us two more! The meal was by far the best we had in Crete and cost about a 1/3 of the price of other meals. It definitely pays to hunt down where the locals eat.

We had a fantastic time in Crete, the locals are extremely friendly and the views are beautiful. I’ll definitely be back in the future. Only 3 weeks to wait now until I’m off to Kos with my mum and brother for another Greek escape. I can’t wait!
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  1. I am so glad I stumbled upon your adorable blog! I'm actually heading to Crete here at the end of the week for a relaxing get away. Like you, I plan on lots of sun, reading, and nibbling on delicious local cuisines! Your photography is gorgeous--although it's made me want to throw studying out the window and just head off now :) xx

    The What's In Between

    1. Thanks Zoe! You are so lucky to be going this week, the weather will be perfect. Have the best time, eat some cheese saganaki for me xx

  2. Looks fantastic. I'm so dying for a holiday (four weeks away) and that rush of warm air when you get off the plane or out of the airport. That might be one of the best feelings ever.

    1. Completely agree. Get crossing the days off your calendar! x

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  4. Looks Amazing I love Greece. I went to Rhodes last year, Nice blog by the way x

    Laura Kate | SugarMakeupDoll

    1. Thanks Laura, Greece will always be one of my favourites x

  5. ooh looks so lovely and sunny, (apart from i hate seafood!!)

    1. Haha, just focus on the cheese, lots and lots of cheese! x


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