It’s day 3 of my Travel Guide to Crete. Today I want to talk about where to find the best wines, cakes, local catches and market.
We’ll start in Chania (pronounced Hania). Chania is built around a Venetian port and the biggest city after Heraklion. I’d give driving in Chania a miss if you can as there are some one way systems and there’s limited parking. I would advise parking on the outskirts of town and walking in if possible. Once there head to the old town near the harbour. If you want to buy traditional products you have to go the the Agora (Market). Selling everything from local honey, meat and cheese to souvenirs, clothing and shells, it really is a treat. It’s located on the east-west main street and within close proximity to the harbour. The Agora Market is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 2pm, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays it opens again for 5pm to 8pm. Once you have finished shopping head to the harbour where you’ll find a Starbucks if you REALLY crave it. But better still there are a huge amount of Tavernas to choose from, all selling fresh, local, traditional food and most will also be serving fish caught fresh that day. There is also a Glass Bottom Boat trip that you can take from here.
But moving on, there is a lot to see!
The first beach resort kind of area is Kalyves. Here I found the BEST bakery that sells big doughnuts and traditional pastries. The beach is lovely and there are places to hire sun loungers etc.
Next beach along is Almyrida. I highly recommend visiting Almyrida as there is so much to do in this quaint village. There is a beautiful beach for swimming as well as water sports such as canoeing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. There are a few dive centres here too and they run diving trips to sea caves, if you haven’t got your padi diving course already you can take it here. There is also my personal favourite Taverna, Dimitris. There is seating on the beach, the food is amazing and the waitress was so lovely. A two course meal for 4 people with wine and drinks came to 55 euro. I know, great price! The house wine is local and very tasty too.
*I did not take this picture, I found it on Dimitris facebook page*
Tomorrow I am taking you back in time and to my favourite cove.