Crete in a few days
Trip Start May 14, 2011
16Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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Hotel Gorgia (not that hard to find in the day light) is nice, the people who run the place are all family and the rooms are comfortable.
Just 50 mtrs down the road, towards the water, you will find a small and clean family run restaurant called Mama Katepina and Tabepna (tavern). This place is great. The service is warm and friendly, the food is awesome and really cheap. And to think we just stumbled upon this place in the dark. We looked over the menu and the young lady serving handed us a form. This form had the menu choices in English with a tick box and then next to that the dish in greek. This was so the choice did not have to be translated in the kitchen. Great Idea!!! We ordered about seven dishes and drinks. Once we had finished eating, placed on our table was a platter of fresh fruits and a bottle of the house Raki, on the house. When we got the bill, we thought that they had left something off, because it totalled only about 20 Euros. On paying the bill I handed the lady another 10 Euros as a tip, for such excellent service and awesome food must deserve something. Breakfast at the hotel was a continental buffet free for all, so get in first or the pickings a slim. The woman in the kitchen does replenish the buffet, but takes her time about it.
Once checked out we threw our bags into our little car and headed off to the ruins of the Ancient palace of Knossos
Then it was back in the car and off into the countryside to our next destination. A little farming village called Zaros. Here we had booked a little bed and breakfast named Keramos. Now driving from town to town sounds easy enough, but. In Greece nothing is very well sign posted and the sign posts there are, are illegible or over grown by trees and easily missed. You will go astray from your chosen route, I promise you. And although most of the main roads are in better condition of any at home, once you enter a town, the road will narrow to not much more than the width of your car. And the cars are small. So some care is to be taken navigating around some of the tricky and tight turns, if you come across another car, tractor, truck, scooter or even a giant tour bus squeezing through in the opposite direction, it can be dangerous and a bit of a fright. And the suicidal drivers are in the country aswell, you can be cruising along at the speed limit with traffic coming toward you, and some knob will overtake you, turning two lanes into three
Breakfast at Keramos is advertised as the best breakfast on Crete. And I think it would be the best we had in our few days. 14 different, freshly baked pies, straight out of the oven and onto your table. A good variety of meat, vegetarian and sweet pies accompanied by good hot fresh coffee and a range of teas, including more of that fresh mountain herbal tea. This will take you a little while to get through, but you have to try them all, the cost is included in the 45 Euros for the room and it will keep you full until late afternoon. Whatever you don’t eat, they will bag up for you to take out for your days excursions….. Awesome….so this place is well worth a look as a base for some excellent day walks.....more to follow