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A Guide To Crete (Greece)

The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is a very popular tourist destination. We look at some key attractions and the reasons why. Crete is probably most popular with tourists from northern Europe, largely because there is so much to do there. As well as great culture and history, there are also lovely beaches and lots of different hotels. It’s a great place whether you’re looking for a high end of the market getaway or an affordable package break, making it a great place for everyone.

The great range of beaches is one of the main reasons Crete is so popular with tourists – there are lots of them as well as great weather to go along with it. In terms of the weather, May to September is considered the best time to go. You can find both vibrant holiday beach towns and quieter places as well, meaning Crete caters to all sorts of holidaymakers. Malia is a great, touristy location if you like things busy. At the other end of the scale, Plakias is ideal.

The main city in Crete is Heraklion and it’s very popular with tourists. The Koules Venetian Fortressis very popular with all types of tourists as it has some fantastic views and has been restored. It was also built in the 1500s. Elsewhere in this vibrant port town, you can visit the great designer shopping outlets or explore the side streets to discover small gift shops. Also worth a visit is the popular Archaeological Museum, which covers thousands of years of history and has lots to see.

For a brilliant day trip and attractive tourist destination, there’s also the Samaria Gorge. This is the longest gorge in Europe and is great for going walking with a guided tour. It starts in the mountain village of Omalos and takes in some great sights such as the abandoned village of Samaria and a Byzantine church called Santa Maria. The gorge is also a national park, meaning you can expect some great scenery such as pine forests and lots of wild flowers.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Crete is Spinalonga Island. This is in the north east of Crete and used to be a leper colony. It also has a famous fortress that’s well worth a visit. Spinalonga is now unoccupied and you can visit beautiful small pebble beaches and stay in the nearby Elounda seaside resort. Here you will find lovely beaches and historical sites as well as lots of traditional villages close by that allow you to experience a slower pace of life.

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Holidays In Greece

Greece is one of the top 20 tourist spots in the world, due to the more than 15 million people who go on holiday to Greece a year. The Greek Islands are the most popular tourist destinations, but many people forget that mainland Greece has quite a bit to offer too. Athens, Thessaloniki, Corfu, Crete and Rhodes are all major destinations. There are still many rewarding areas in the country free of large-scale tourism, for those who are looking for a quieter time away from the bustle. Greece offers many and varied experiences, landscapes, and activities. It is famous for the reliable sunny weather, the nightlife, historical sites, famous beaches and, of course, its natural beauty.

Royal Olympic Hotel Athens (www.discountworldhotel.com)

The Mediterranean climate is alive and well in Greece. The winters are short and mild. The summers run from April through November and boast hot, dry weather and days and days of sunshine. Occasionally there will be rain showers, but these are short-lived and infrequent. May and June and September and October are the very best months to see Greece as the weather is at its most comfortable and pleasant. From the middle of July to the middle of August, Greece is under the spell of the hottest summer weather.

Electra Palace Hotel Thessaloniki (www.discountworldhotel.com)

The peak of the holiday season is from July until August, the vast majority of those taking a holiday arrive in Greece between April and October. Most of the country’s tourist infrastructure goes into hibernation outside of these months, especially on the islands. The bulk of scheduled international flights are handled in Athens and Thessaloniki. Several charter and planned low-budget flights arrive everyday from several of Europe’s cities to many of the islands and smaller cities on the mainland during tourist season.

There are any number of Greek and international hotel booking services. You will most likely be able to book your accommodations online, as most hotels have websites and will take bookings by email, although sometimes a fax is more reliable for communication. Hotels in Greece tend to be simple establishments. Even in the simpler places, the standards of cleanliness are usually good. Rooms usually tend to be small, have air conditioning, and a balcony. The more luxurious hotels can be found in the cities as well as on the more popular islands, but it is not too common and does not always represent a good value for your money.

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Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

If youre tired of booking rooms at hotels near the beach, you might want to book somewhere near a rumbling mountain for a change. After all, aside from the Icelandic volcano which is wreaking quite a havoc in Europe, most volcanoes around the world are pretty enough for pictures and peaceful enough for a summers stay. Below are the most posh and stylish digs youll find near volcanic sites.

101 Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland

Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

Once the ash settles down, you might want to book yourself a room in 101 Hotel Reykjavik. This hotel can give you a pretty unique volcanic sighting. Aside from the havoc thats already in the headlines, the landscape is unique for another thing: brining both fire and ice together. Besides, the destination is safe enough because the hotel sits on the harbor-side of the city. Its just 100 miles from the temperamental and beautiful Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
It fuses old Iceland with the new, more metropolitan cityscape as well. In this hotel, youll get to enjoy sleek guestrooms, freestanding baths, an art gallery, a basement sauna, and of course, the hotels popular Icelandic menu. Get to sample Icelands best traditional cuisines while viewing the volcano from your room.

Hacienda San Antonio, Colima, Mexico

Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

Another volcano you wouldnt want to miss out on is the Colima in Mexico. The best vantage point and lodgings of this Mexican volcano is Hacienda San Antonio. You can wake up early in the morning, backstroke across the haciendas enormous pool, enjoy the façade of the coral-pink heritage hotel, and finally, get prime peeks at the majestic slopes of the Colima volcano.

This retreat is 120-years-old, seated strategically near West Mexicos Pacific Coast. The manor luxe with its lush gardens provides the perfect viewing point of the mountain. The best suite to take is the El Quetzal Junior Suite which has a privileged panoramic view of the haloed volcano from its terrace. Hacienda San Antonio also keeps its own organic farm so you can be sure to enjoy its delicious produce in your meals.

Later, you can order their refreshing margarita which is made from their homegrown mango grappa.

Mystique Resort in Santorini, Greece

Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

Sitting on the Cycladic summit of the island, the vistas of Mystique is full of romance, nature, and relaxation. It offers a full view of the bay as well as the rocky heights of the Oia which sits at the northern tip of Santorini. The serene, whitewashed suites are both spacious and airy and they all come with their own private terraces providing a full view of the sea.

You can enjoy this Greek getaway the most if you book your stay in one of the hotels Spiritual Suites. This has their own exercise machine, Jacuzzi, and spa bed to keep you looking as good as a Greek god if you wish.
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