Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Kedrodasos Beach

If we were to list the most beautiful beaches of Crete, Kedrodasos would undoubtedly be at the forefront of such a list. Although it is located just a kilometer from Elafonissi, the most famous beach in Crete, even in the high season, Kedrodasos still remains wild and unobstructed by crowds. You will not find here, at least for now, sunbeds and umbrellas and other typical tourist infrastructure such as changing rooms, toilets, beach bars or taverns.

However, you will find a beautiful beach with light sand and dark rocks, the sea of stunning color and an unusual juniper forest covering an area of 11 hectares. It is still such an unspoiled paradise that requires care and respect from people.

Kedrodasos

In addition to the picturesque beach and the unusual color of the water, the uniqueness of this place is determined by the juniper forest growing on the coastal dunes. It is popularly believed to be a cedar forest, but in fact the coastal dunes are overgrown by small and twisted spiny junipers ( Juniperus oxycedrus subsp. Macrocarpa) and Phoenice junipers ( Juniperus phoenicea ).

Kedrodasos - juniper forest

Very harsh climatic conditions prevail within the coastal dunes. Only those plant species that are resistant to strong environmental factors such as high salt concentration in the soil, salt fog, strong winds and sand mobility can settle this place. Junipers are just such plants that can withstand these adversities well. At the same time, they reduce the effect of the wind, keep the sand in check and thus stabilize the dunes. These dunes also host several rare and endemic species of fauna and flora.


This rare and beautiful place has been classified as a priority natural habitat under EU Directive 92/43, which means it is at risk of disappearance. The European Community bears a special responsibility for the protection of the areas included in this category.

Kedrodasos - the beach

Places like Kedrodasos are quickly being eaten up by the tourism industry. So you can ask yourself how it happened that this beach is still not a tourist destination like the famous Balos or Elafonissi lagoons. These places, for a change, struggle with the excess of visitors, which slowly destroys them. Of course, it's not that Kedrodasos is completely deserted. However, while tourists on Elafonissi or Balos have to be counted in thousands a day, several dozen people reach Kedrodasos.

The key to the puzzle is, of course, the lack of good directions. While Elafonissi can be comfortably reached by car or bus, almost to the beach, in the case of Kedrodasos you can only dream of such amenities.


There is a narrow road from the road leading to the Elafonisi beach, which we can get only near Kedrodasos. It is over two kilometers of unpaved gravel road. Of course, many tourists drove an ordinary passenger car on such roads. However, it is worth knowing that, according to the conditions set by local car rental companies, it is forbidden to use such a road in most of the rented cars, and possible insurance will not cover the cost of repair. In the event of any damage, we will pay for the repair of the damage out of our own pocket.

In addition, this road ends about 400 m in front of the beach. Therefore, the remaining distance has to be covered on one's feet, which takes about 20 minutes on average.

It is also worth mentioning that the parking lot at the end of this road is very small, and those who came later must leave their car along the access road. The farther you park from the parking lot, the longer you will have to walk. So, as long as a comfortable and paved road with a large parking lot is not built, you can be sure about the future of Kedrodasos.

Kedrodasos - route E4

You can also get to Kedrodasos on foot by following the E4 route from Elafonissi. However, although both places are only a kilometer away, the time needed to cover this section is about an hour. The path of the keys between the surrounding rocks, increasing the distance and time of the walk. Going towards Kedrodasos, it is worth looking for the E4 trail markings and sticking to it because the rocks form a maze in some places. You can also reach Kedrodasos from the side of Krios, but the distance between the two beaches is about 7 km one way.


The lack of beach amenities means that if you want to spend a few hours on Kedrodasos, you have to take everything you need on the beach with you.

When staying here, however, you must remember that Kedrodasos requires special care from all of us. So that others can also enjoy the beauty of this place, when leaving the beach, take everything you brought with you. This is especially true of garbage. There are no cleaning crews, waste containers, etc. The fairy-tale beach and unique forest will be clean as long as the guests themselves take care of it. Unfortunately, it is sad to note that some of the people who come here do not care about the environment and leave behind a lot of plastic garbage. During the holiday season, this beach is also visited by "wild" campers, who can also leave a mess behind. Places like this can only count on responsible tourists and volunteers who organize the cleaning of such wild beaches from time to time.

Kedrodasos

Kedrodasos Beach is located 76 km southwest of the city of Chania, so the destination of their trips should rather be tourists vacationing in the area of western Crete.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Falasarna
Falasarna

Falasarna

W 2002 roku Falasarna zdobyła tytuł najlepszej plaży w Grecji. Wyróżnienie to nie jest bynajmniej przypadkowe, gdyż miejsce to jak na standardy Krety jest naprawdę unikalne.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Aptera
Aptera

Aptera

Aptera is a city whose history dates back to at least a thousand years before our era. In the peak period, about 20,000 lived in it. people, of which only 1/5 were free people.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of ​​the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion.

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Frangokastello
Frangokastello

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is a small fortress that was built by the Venetians over four years from 1371. Initially, the castle was named after Saint Nikitas.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Kournas
Kournas

Kournas

Located 47 km from the city of Chania, it is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Its area is about 580 thousand. sqm. and the maximum depth is about 45 meters

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Aradena
Aradena

Aradena

The steel crossing, which in the central part is separated from the ground by nearly 150 m, is at the leading position of the places where the longest bungee jumps are made.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion. Word

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chora Sfakion
Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion is an extremely picturesque mountain village of the mountainous and wild Sfakia region

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Loutro
Loutro

Loutro

Loutro is famous for the fact that you can get to it only from the sea or walk on the mountain trail, because there is no other road here.

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Stavros
Stavros

Stavros

Stavros used to be a small fishing village. Today, it is primarily a tourist destination, but in a positive sense.

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Bear's Cave
Bear's Cave

Bear's Cave

The cave is less than 1 km from Moni Gouvernetou Monastery. You will reach it using the pedestrian trail that has been marked out along the slope of the Avlaki Gorge.

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Balos Lagoon
Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon

Balos is one of Crete's flagship beaches if not all of Greece. We can assure you that the landscapes you see during your trip to Balos will remain with you for a very long time.

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Moni Katholiko
Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko is probably the oldest and most spectacular monastery in Crete. It is located 20 km north-east of Chania.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Gouverneto Monastery
Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery is probably the oldest active Greek Catholic monastery located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania.

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Imbros
Imbros

Imbros

The length of the trail leading through this place is about 8 kilometers and the difference in altitude is about 600m.

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Agia Roumeli
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli znajduje się na południowym wybrzeżu Prefektury Chania, pomiędzy miejscowościami Chora Sfakion i Paleochora.

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Souda
Souda

Souda

Until the early nineties, this place was known only to few tourists and local residents.

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Paleochora
Paleochora

Paleochora

Paleochora is a quite well-organized tourist town, with a beautiful large sandy beach

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Lissos
Lissos

Lissos

Ruiny starożytnego miasta Lissos znajdują się około 3,5 km od miejscowości Sougia na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Samaria
Samaria

Samaria

Samaria is one of the most important tourist attractions located in the western part of Crete.

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Glyka Nera
Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is one of the most spectacular beaches in Crete.

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Sougia
Sougia

Sougia

Sougia is a small town located in the southwest of Crete.

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Falasarna (excavations)
Falasarna (excavations)

Falasarna (excavations)

On the north-western coast of Crete, at the foot of the Gramovous peninsula, there are ruins of the ancient port of Korikos, later known as Falassarna.

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Krios
Krios

Krios

Krios Beach is located about 9 km west of Paleochora and it is also the last beach on this stretch of the southern coast

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Agia Sofia
Agia Sofia

Agia Sofia

Between the villages of Topolia and Koutsamatados there is an interesting cave known as Agia Sofia

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Milia
Milia

Milia

Milia is an authentic mountain settlement, which most probably dates from about the seventeenth century.

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Potamida
Potamida

Potamida

On the edge of the village of Potamida grows a complex of clay mounds called Komolithi (Komolithoi)

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Grammeno
Grammeno

Grammeno

Grammeno (Γραμμένο) is a beach that can be counted among one of the best and most beautiful beaches in this part of Crete.

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Platanias
German tunnels
Platanias<br/> German tunnels

Platanias
German tunnels

Platanias is a popular tourist destination. It is here that there are very interesting tunnels from World War II.

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Polirynia
Polirynia

Polirynia

Polyrinia was one of the most important city-states of western Crete during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was built amphitheater on a steep hill, rising to a height of 481 meters above sea level

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Agia Irini
Agia Irini

Agia Irini

The Agia Irini gorge, just a short distance from the village of Sougia, is one of the most popular hiking destinations.

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Gramvous
Gramvous

Gramvous

The island of Gramvousa, or in fact Imeri Gramvousa (Ήμερη Γραμβούσα), is an inseparable point of a trip that combines a stay in the Balos Lagoon with visiting the remains of a fortress located on the top of the island of Imeri Gramovousa.

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Fortress
Fortress

Fortress

Agia Roumeli is located on the south coast of Chania Prefecture, between Chora Sfakion and Paleochora.

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Ag. Pavlos
Ag. Pavlos

Ag. Pavlos

The Byzantine church of Agios Pavlos was erected on the remote Selouda Beach in the south of Crete.

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Kedrodasos
Kedrodasos

Kedrodasos

Even in the high season, Kedrodasos still remains wild and unobstructed by crowds

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Seitan Limania
Seitan Limania

Seitan Limania

There is a beach in Crete that literally makes some people shiver. This place is Seitan Limania which can be translated as Satan's Ports or Cursed Ports.

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Aspri Limni
Aspri Limni

Aspri Limni

Aspri Limni means White Lake, although the lake is just a conventional name. Under this term there is a small bay.

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Komentarze

2022-10-23 17:00:56

Cicho ! Nie zdradzać

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 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2022-10-23 17:22:43

Jola Ostraszewska W dobie internetów wszyscy wszystko wiedzą.

2022-10-23 17:03:18

Jola Ostraszewska dokładnie to samo pomyślałam i nawet napisałam

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2022-10-23 17:02:41

O tak ale ciiiiiii.........

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2022-10-23 17:05:07

Dzika i przepiękna!

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2022-10-23 17:05:51

I całe szczęście... niech tak zostanie

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2022-10-23 17:10:45

Niech taką pozostanie...

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2022-10-23 17:14:14

creta gouves

2022-10-23 17:23:40

Ojj tak. Kedro jest mega, a poza sezonem to już w ogóle...tak w styczniu...

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2022-10-23 17:24:42

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2022-10-23 17:29:00

Co jak co ale toalety i kosze na śmieci by się przydały.

2022-10-23 17:59:11

Nie piszcie o niej bo ją dopadnie komercja tak jak Balos, Elafonissi i resztę,tylko drogi asfaltowej tu brakuje i budek chińską tandetą i kebabami,CICHOOOOOO SZAAAAAA

2022-10-23 17:59:40

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2022-10-23 18:13:24

Zachwytem nie ma końca

2022-10-23 19:39:26

Tutaj też bez komercji

2022-10-23 20:01:13

Odkryłem ją w zeszłym roku. Moim zdaniem jest o wiele ładniejsza od mojej jak dotąd ukochanej Elafonisi. Świetne miejsce do snurkowania, mnóstwo pięknych rybek i niesamowicie czysta woda. Mam nadzieje, że nie zostanie długo odkryta przez turystów i nie zostanie zniszczona przez masową turystykę. Cudowna plaża.

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2022-10-24 15:50:50

Michał Lutyński zgadamy sie

2022-10-24 12:38:52

Michał Lutyński kiedy sie tam wybieramy? ;)

2022-10-24 13:58:12

El Hombre ja jadę w przyszłym roku.

2022-10-23 20:07:09

Kedrodasos skradła moje

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Najnowsze komentarze:

Nawet nie wiem jak to skomentować. Sam dzięki pomocy przyjaciół z wielkim trudem tam dotarłem i wróciłem na statek. Gdybym wiedział, że tam na Balos są takie problemy z wejściem na ląd, to nigdy bym się nie zdecydował. Koszt tej wyprawy też nie jest mały. Zraziłem sie bardzo do Krety. Wybierajcie Elafonisi. Tam jest cywilizowane przejście, dojazd.
A czym władze tłumaczyły taki zakaz? Bo to totalny nonsens... Rozumiem żeby był zakaz że tak powiem od czoła laguny ale większe statki i tak podpływały "od tyłu" i tam wysadzały ludzi (chyba że się coś zmieniło) i żadnego zagrożenia nie było dla nikogo i niczego....
Bardzo dobrze. Byliśmy w tym roku świadkami wielu przykrych zdarzeń przy schodzeniu na ląd::stłuczone kolana, skręcone kostki itp.
gość dodekanezowiec: Lubię wyspy greckie za wiatr. Uważam pod tym względem - choć bardziej Rodos i Kos - za przypominające nieco Wyspy Kanaryjskie. Różnicę widać nawet jak się popłynie z Kos do Bodrum czy z Rodos do Marmaris.  Piszę natomiast o tym, że mimo wysokich temperatur łatwiej się je znosi jak jest wiaterek. Alanya czy Cypr to duchota przy wyspach greckich.   Zmiany klimatu są, np. w Heraklionie średnia roczna bywała w XX w. (...)
Gosia | crete.pl : Tak, to prawda. 
gość Tomek: czy to prawda że statki wycieczkowe desantują turystów  prosto do wody ?  w sumie też jakaś atrakcja. ;)  
Dommage on a raté cette festivité......
Pokazy będą odbywały się do końca sierpnia czy do końca września?
gość PiotrWie: Prognoza pogody na tydzień dla Samos:  38/28, 38/27,  36/26, 34/26,  35/25, 36/26. ( dzień/ noc ) Wiatr 15- 20 km/ h. Powodzenia!!!
Gosia | crete.pl : W dwóch punktach na trzy powołujesz się na przypadkowe pojedyncze dane sprzed 18 i 15 lat. My też możemy powiedzieć że w 2008 roku w Stalidzie przez dwa tygodnie fajnie wiało i nie potrzebna była klima. Naukowcy z Obserwatorium w Atenach analizują jednak dużo więcej danych i podają średnie odnotowanych temperatur oraz trend.
Joanna Radziwiłowicz wracajcie
gość dodekanezowiec: 1. W 2006 r. Rodos w sierpniu (30 stopni z wietrzykiem) był odpoczynkiem od polskiego lipcowego upału (35 nierzadko w duzym mieście)  2. Trzecia dekada sierpnia 2009 r. - Kreta - hotel przy plaży i niepotrzebna klima  3. Lipiec 2022 r. - Kos - upał ale na plązy wiaterek  Wszystko zasługą meltemi.   
gość PiotrWie : Pierwszy raz byliśmy na Krecie w 2008 - we wrześniu. Było przyjemnie - ale po 20 września zaczęły się chmury i deszcz. Po roku postanowiliśmy pojechać w czerwcu - w drugim i trzecim tygodniu. Drugi był przyjemny śle w trzecim jak powiało z południa zrobiło się za gorąco. Od tego czasu zaczęliśmy jeździć na przełomie maja i czerwca i we wrześniu - nasze dzieci były już na tyle duże że jeździły same. (...)
Za to lipiec pogoda bajka, okolice Milatos ok 30 stopni. Tymczasem wczoraj w Trójmieście temperatura późnym wieczorem była niemalże identyczna jak tu
Gosia | crete.pl : Dzięki za podrzucenie swoich propozycji :) Każde z tych miejsc zasługuje na uwagę.
Hej jak sytuacja pożarowa dzisiaj na Krecie? Okolice Chanii i Hersonissos bezpieczne? Ciężko przewidzieć, co będzie się działo pod koniec lipca i z początkiem sierpnia?
gość Piterek: Jak dla mnie całkiem ciekawe są wioski powyżej Chersonissos, w szczególności wieczorem, tj. od zachodu: Stare Chersonissos, Piskopiano, Koutouloufari, z Chersonissos można spokojnie zajść piechotką. Brakuje mi też uroczej wioski Sisi z całkiem fotogieniczną zatoczką. Wg. mnie jedna z ładniejszych plaż na północnej Krecie jest Voulisma w Istro (trochę za Agios Nicolas).
Tak pomijając pożary to chyba ziemia sie delikatnie zatrzęsła właśnie...
Czyli kupować na wynos do swojego kubka.Widzę, ze niektórzy juz to praktykują.
Jak obecnie wygląda sytuacja pożarowa na Krecie?
Będą rozruchy
Ale musze przyznac ze ta kawa z lodem to jest petarda
A może ktoś może powiedzieć jaka sytuacja jest w Heraklionie?
Jak obecnie wygląda sytuacja? Czy dojazd Paralia Preveli jest bezpieczny czy lepiej odpuścić zwiedzanie tych rejonów?
gość Kowalyc: pali się jeszcze? Które obszary są zamknięte?
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