Hania is a coastal town and provincial capital in the North West of Crete, with a picturesque harbour and old town area laden with Venetian and Ottoman influences from its past.
What holiday by the sea would be complete without a voyage on a pirate ship? Having seen the ‘Barbarossa’ in the harbour at Rethymno, we decided to take the three-hour cruise along the coast to the Caves at Skaleta, and back.
Santorini, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea, has long been on our list of beautiful places to visit. So when we discovered it was possible to visit as a day trip from Crete on the fast SeaJet catamarans, it was too good an opportunity to miss.
Whenever the guide books mention a significant archaeological find in Crete, they almost always go on to mention that “the original is now in the Archaeological Museum at Heraklion”. So it seemed right for us to make the museum the very first of our sightseeing stops, to gain some sort of understanding of Crete’s history, and in particular the ancient Minoan period represented in the finds at the Palace of Knossos.
Rethymno has a beautifully picturesque old town, with its Venetian and later Turkish influences, and centred around a pretty inner harbour and the dominating Venetian fortress high above. We were really lucky to discover a boutique hotel right in the heart of the old town centre, the Palazzo Rimondi, set within an old Venetian mansion house.
We stayed at the Hotel Evi Apartments, Faliraki, Rhodes for a week at the end of October 2003. It was the last week of the season, so Faliraki was fairly quiet. All of the late-night clubs on Club Street had closed down, as had most of the drinks-only bars on Bar Street. The tavernas, restaurants and shops were still open though!