Last week, on the 28th of May, we arrived in Crete. This was our first time in Greece so we booked ourselves into an all-inclusive holiday resort for 10 days. Our resort is situated just a few miles west of Heraklion and the aim of this trip is to relax, enjoy the sea breeze, drink some wine and to catch up on some sleep. You know, the typical holiday routine.

Last Friday, we popped over to Santorini for one night and returned to Crete on Saturday. As far as scenery goes, Santorini is way more photogenic but Crete, on the other hand, has got amazing holiday resorts. Not only did we get a beautiful sea view room but we also got a room with its own private pool, that’s why we decided to make Crete the main destination for this trip.

The island of Crete is the largest and most populous Greek island and has a terrain I can only describe as “identical to the Karoo but just not as flat”. A fun fact about Crete is that the island was not always part of Greece – since 1669 the island was under Turkish occupation and Crete only united with Greece in 1913.  Today the island thrives on tourism and olive  exports (including olive oil).

One highlight of this holiday was the fact that the Greeks allow you to rent a speedboat without a skipper licence. The lady on the beach told us “if you can drive a car, you can drive a boat” and if I look at the way these guys drive, I’m pretty sure they also drive their cars with only a skipper licence – you know, because boats and cars are exactly the same thing and what could possibly go wrong? Elaine and I took a boat out to sea and I used this opportunity to get some cool drone shots and videos. I’ll tell you this, landing a small drone on a speedboat with sea winds and currents is not that easy but somehow it all worked out.

I don’t want to sound negative in any way but I do believe that it’s important to share some context about the Greek islands with you. I so often hear people say, especially South Africans, that the Greek islands are on their bucket list, and yes, it should be, but the thing I’d like to point out is something most people seem to frown upon. Here it comes – the Greek islands are in no way tropical islands. Yes, there are small pebble beaches here and there but do not expect long white sandy beaches lined with palm trees. These islands were formed by large volcanic eruptions thousands of year ago, so instead of anything flat, you should expect rocks and cliffs along the coastline which will give you beautiful views overlooking the ocean. Hope I didn’t ruin it for you.

It’s been 10 fun days her in Greece but everything needs to come to an end. Tomorrow we will head back to London and the next exciting event is the James Bond Secret Cinema next Saturday, but more on that will follow soon.

Andre

 

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