Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and also the southern most island, closest to the African boarder. In Greek mythology this island was the birthplace of Zeus.
The crystal clear water, great private beaches, renowned archeological museums, fresh seafood, beach resorts, nightlife, and traditional Greek cultural immersion make it an island with something to offer everyone.
I stayed for 3 nights with 10 friends near Stavros Beach in Northwestern Crete near the city Chania.
The first time I went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea something crazy happened…
I was waste deep in the water swimming with a few friends and I felt something wrap around my leg. Thinking it was seaweed I lifted my leg to pull it off, but to my surprise I came face to face with a huge orange octopus attached to my leg! I started screaming and within a few seconds it swam away. It was huge and wrapped around my entire leg…
So beware that you might get attacked by an octopus if you swim in Crete. But it’s totally worth because these are some of the best beaches I’ve been to in my life.
Behind this little beach is a bar and restaurant. The owner heard of my octopus encounter and sent someone out to hunt it for fresh seafood. Luckily they didn’t find it!
I highly recommend it this beach, as well as the restaurant next to it. The owners at this place were incredibly generous, kind, hilarious, and entertaining. Yes, they were also the one’s who tried to hunt down the octopus.
My go to meal in Greece was always the Greek salad, which included a big hunk of feta cheese, black olives, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, vinegar, olive oil, and seasoning. And of course bread and wine.
We spent a lot of time exploring Chania, mostly in the city center and the nightlife. The city center of Chania is very charming and captures Greek culture spot on.
This was my first time trying a fish spa, which is where you put your feet in a tank of water full of little fish who eat the dead skin off you feet. It was an interesting experience and it was hard not to scream the whole time but I totally recommend it at least once in your life.
The highlight of Crete for me was enjoying the Mediterranean sea and just being young and free with a bunch of amazing people. It is true that it’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with that really matters. This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t choose to study abroad in Greece. Study abroad in College please! Or live abroad for a portion of your life. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made and I believe it made me a much better person in most areas of my life.
Have you been to any of the Greek islands? Is so, comment below which one is your favorite, or which island is at the top of your places to see next.