The Discovery Channel guide published by the RM Publishers in 2007 is a 120-page translation of the English collective study. The main author of the texts is Brigitte Seckendorff-Kourgierakis , who, while working on this guide, crossed Crete along the breadth. For this reason, this book is a special item on our market because it is based on the experience of the author and her friends. This is a huge advantage of this publication, which distinguishes it among other guides, which are subsequent reprints of anonymous studies containing sometimes untested or outdated information. The Discovery Guide guarantees that the author of the texts was in the places she describes, looked at them and got to know a bit.
Also in the field of illustration, the creators did not go for the easy way and did not use someone else's nameless photos which are full of banks. The vast majority of photographs are written by Maria Siri , but also the names of other photographers, photos of which have been included in this book, have not been omitted. Unfortunately, their print is not of the best quality despite the use of chalk paper. The quality of the photos is also influenced by their somewhat archival character, which is largely due to the date of the first original issue in 2002.
The guide opens up a quite significant, for this type of book, a chapter on the history and culture of Crete, which ended with a summary of the most important historical events that took place on the island. Such an introduction introduces the reader into the world of the Cretans, their historical and moral experiences. This part of the guide should pay special attention to people who go to Crete for the first time.
The following chapters describe the proposals of 24 routes divided according to the prefectures (nomos) of Crete: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi. Description of excursions in each prefecture begins with a short introduction and a tour of the main city of the described nomos. Then there are detailed descriptions of the routes located in this area of Crete. Some of the routes have been supplemented with small plans of the visited city.
With each chapter there is a plan of the prefecture with all marked routes marked. Such a solution makes it easier to find the places discussed and allows for an approximate determination of the time needed for a given trip. Unfortunately, the guide is devoid of this information and the total length of the described route.
In this guide you will not find detailed descriptions of places typical for other publications. Stories of successive intermediate points are arranged into one whole creating a colorful story leading us along a given route. There are often references to the most interesting events related to a given place. The museums usually contain opening hours, descriptions of the most important Minoan palaces and ancient cities have been enriched with illustrations containing plans for excavations.
The last section of the guide is In my free time , in which the authors try to explain the Greek cuisine, explaining what dishes are hidden under the original names, what products are worth to bring from Crete and when the Cretans celebrate important holidays for them. The publication closes the last section with Practical Information . It is worth looking into it, especially if you plan to spend your holidays in Crete, we are going to move on its own. Here you will find useful information about the road habits of Crete or the basic Greek phrases.
Complementing the information contained in the guide is a small map attached, on which all the routes and plans of the four cities of Crete have been marked. There is also an index of towns, monuments, major places and beaches. The map itself is not very accurate, the road network is quite schematic, but will allow you to have a relatively good orientation in the area.
So far, on the occasion of almost every trip to Crete, we took the Discovery guide with us. We were encouraged by a large number of interesting facts and an original way of narrating, which distinguishes this guide from other publications available on the market. Perhaps it is not a typical compendium of knowledge, where you will find detailed descriptions of many places, but it can be a perfect complement to such an encyclopedic guide. The proposed routes are really interesting and can be a good base for exploring Crete. If you are interested in getting to know this island intensively, you should consider buying this pocket item.
The nearly 300-page Baedeker guide issued by the Pascal publishing house in 2007 (issue 1) is almost an encyclopedic item. Baedeker has 150 years of experience in creating tourist literature and tries to publish his publications tailoring them to the needs of tourists. The guide is very comfortable in many ways and its formula well thought out and refined. The content contained therein is presented in an orderly manner, which makes it easier to find the information sought.
Pascal's Guide to Crete from 2006 (with resumption in 2009) belongs to the series of guides around the world, which are characterized by a small format (24 x 11 cm), a soft spiral binding and a colorful cover with a large, vertical name of the described place. This graphic design makes these guides easily recognized on the shelf in the bookstore. The Crete Guide is a collective study translated from English with 192 pages. The book was printed on glossy, chalk paper, which kept the image quality high.
The Dumont booklet from Crete (in Poland printed by PWN) is another very handy pocket publication that is sold at a reasonable price of less than PLN 20. Despite its small size, Klaus Bötig, who is the author of this guide, managed to put quite a lot of interesting information in this position.