Holidays abroad are all about trying new experiences. Whilst you may try to convince yourself that lazing on the beach with a drink in hand is a new experience, the chances are you have already done this so it is a good idea to get up and try something new, something especially true if you happen to be on a holiday to the wonderful island of Crete. Stuck for ideas? Then take a look at our three suggestions below.
Learn to Scuba Dive
Thanks to its tranquil, warm waters and numerous dive sites, Crete is the ideal place to learn how to dive. Look out for centres who offer PADI diving courses to ensure you get the best tuition and that you leave with a qualification that you can use anywhere in the world. Head to Malia, Agia Pelagia or Amoudara for the most popular dive centres. Water temperatures are at their warmest in the summer months so make sure you stick to these times unless you want to learn in the cold!
Sample Delightful Local Fish
Thanks largely to overfishing, buying seafood in most restaurants is rather on the expensive side in Crete, however as you are on holiday it makes sense to splash out for one night at least. And if you are going to splash out, then you had better head to the best fish restaurant on the island – known as the Waves on the Rocks, which is run by fisherman Theodoris Falelakis. Not only do you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best and freshest fish on the island, but you can also stay in one of the five rooms upstairs above the restaurant.
Hike a Gorge
Crete is home to the longest and without doubt the most beautiful gorge in the whole of Europe, with the best thing being that you can actually hike through it and experience the best of Crete’s natural wildlife and scenery. The hike is 11km long and when undertaken on a pleasant spring or autumn day is a wonderful experience. You can hike in the summer too; just remember that it can get hot so take plenty of water with you. You will travel through the White Mountains as well as numerous settlements and you may even catch a glimpse of the wild goats which live along the route too.