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Location: Rethymno

Day 1 - 9 Aug 2021

Platanes

Rethymno, Platanes

Content: This summer, I decided to sell all of my stuff and leave my flat in Scotland to travel full time. As I work remotely, I can work anywhere in the world, as long as I have wifi. I chose Crete as my first stop as that’s where my dad is from and I actually grew up there but left about 5 years ago. And even though I grew up here, I never really got a chance to see much of the island or to experience it as a tourist. So I thought I’d stay for a month in August, see my family, work from my laptop and explore the island.

Julia Apartments

Rethymno, Julia Apartments
Rethymno, Julia Apartments

Content: I stayed in Julia Apartments, in Platanes, which is a small seaside village a few kilometres from Rethymno city. It’s really easy to get to Rethymno from there, by taking the bus which costs £1.20 each way.

Location: Rethimno

Day 1 - 9 Aug 2021

Rethymno

Rethimno, Rethymno
Rethimno, Rethymno
Rethimno, Rethymno
Rethimno, Rethymno
Rethimno, Rethymno

Content: On Monday morning, I went into Rethymno for a little walk around the Old Town and took some photos. There are so many beautiful little side streets in the Old Town and so many photo opportunities in

Location: Rethymno

Day 1 - 9 Aug 2021

Samaria restaurant

Rethymno, Samaria restaurant
Rethymno, Samaria restaurant

Content: Then I had lunch with my sister and mum at a taverna on the beach road, called Samaria. The owner is always so friendly and helpful and the food tastes amazing. We had gemista (stuffed vegetables with rice), chips, tzatziki, and one of my favourite greek dishes, boiled greens. It’s so simple but so tasty especially with some olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

Location: Rethimno

Day 1 - 9 Aug 2021

Platanes Beach

Rethimno, Platanes Beach
Rethimno, Platanes Beach
Rethimno, Platanes Beach

Content: I worked a few more hours in my room and then in the evening I went down to Platanes Beach to watch the sunset.

Location: Bali

Day 2 - 10 Aug 2021

Platanes

Bali, Platanes
Bali, Platanes
Bali, Platanes

Content: On Tuesday, we rented a scooter from a rent-a-car place in the Platanes and it cost £30 for a day. We decided to go to Bali, which is about a 45-minute drive from Platanes. You can also take the bus that goes towards Heraklion from Rethymno Bus Station and it will drop you at the top of the road from the village.

Bali Beach

Bali, Bali Beach
Bali, Bali Beach
Bali, Bali Beach
Bali, Bali Beach

Content: Bali is a seaside village and is a popular holiday destination but busy with locals as well. It has a few different beaches as well as little harbors with shops and restaurants. The views are beautiful as you can enjoy the sea views and the surrounding rock cliffs as well as the mountains at the back.

Location: Goúrnes

Day 2 - 10 Aug 2021

Aparthotel Sofia Mythos Beach

Goúrnes, Aparthotel Sofia Mythos Beach
Goúrnes, Aparthotel Sofia Mythos Beach
Goúrnes, Aparthotel Sofia Mythos Beach
Goúrnes, Aparthotel Sofia Mythos Beach
Goúrnes, Aparthotel Sofia Mythos Beach

Content: We ate at a restaurant called Mythos Beach which looked out onto the sea and we had fava (yellow split peas), and kolokithokeftedes (fried courgette balls). It is quite easy to get vegan food in Crete as a lot of the Greek dishes are vegan anyway.

Location: Μελιδόνι

Day 2 - 10 Aug 2021

Melidoni Cave

Μελιδόνι, Melidoni Cave
Μελιδόνι, Melidoni Cave

Content: We sat on the beach for a few hours and then we headed back. On our way back, we went up the hill to Melidoni Cave which has a stunning view of the mountains, olive trees, vineyards, and Melidoni village. As we got there quite late in the day, the cave was closed but the viewing point was still worth visiting.

Location: Margarites

Day 3 - 11 Aug 2021

Platanes

Margarites, Platanes

Content: On Wednesday I did some work in the morning and then I went with my sister to a village called Margarites. You can take a bus from Rethymno Bus Station and on the way you could also stop at Arkadi Monastery which is definitely worth visiting while you are in Rethymno. I

Margarites

Margarites, Margarites
Margarites, Margarites
Margarites, Margarites
Margarites, Margarites
Margarites, Margarites

Content: Margarites is a small village near Platanes, and it’s famous for its many pottery studios where you can watch the artists make the pottery. We walked around and took loads of photos as everything is so instagramable. We even got to taste some raki. I don’t usually like raki as it is super strong but I loved these ones because they were flavoured. My favourite was the caramel and coffee flavoured ones.

Taverna Veranda

Margarites, Taverna Veranda
Margarites, Taverna Veranda
Margarites, Taverna Veranda
Margarites, Taverna Veranda

Content: We had lunch at a taverna called Taverna Veranta and had fava, a mixed salad, fried courgette and anthoi (stuffed courgette blossoms). The balcony view was stunning as we could see the surrounding hills and olive trees and the staff were very friendly.

Ιερός Μονή Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος και Αγίου Γεδεών (Μετόχιο Ιεράς Μονής Καρακάλλου)

Margarites, Ιερός Μονή Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος και Αγίου Γεδεών (Μετόχιο Ιεράς Μονής Καρακάλλου)
Margarites, Ιερός Μονή Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος και Αγίου Γεδεών (Μετόχιο Ιεράς Μονής Καρακάλλου)
Margarites, Ιερός Μονή Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος και Αγίου Γεδεών (Μετόχιο Ιεράς Μονής Καρακάλλου)
Margarites, Ιερός Μονή Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος και Αγίου Γεδεών (Μετόχιο Ιεράς Μονής Καρακάλλου)

Content: After lunch we headed up a hill to a monastery. We had both been to the village when we were really young but we had never been up there before and we were amazed at how lovely it was. It had a beautiful garden, and there were also some animals such as chickens and peacocks. From up there we could see the village and the mountains.

Location: Rethymno

Day 4 - 12 Aug 2021

Platanes

Rethymno, Platanes
Rethymno, Platanes
Rethymno, Platanes
Rethymno, Platanes
Rethymno, Platanes

Content: The next morning, I spent a few hours working on my laptop and doing some washing. Then I went with James to Myli Rescue Centre in Platanes, where we met so many adorable dogs and we got to take them for a walk. It was such a great experience to meet all these lovely rescue dogs and talk to Elina, the founder of the rescue centre. You can visit their Facebook page to find out more about the shelter and how to help.

Platanes

Rethymno, Platanes

Content: Later, I did some shopping in Lidl where I got some vegan pastries and had them on my balcony. Then I continued working for the rest of the day.

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Day 5 - 13 Aug 2021

Patsos

, Patsos

Content: On Friday, we went to Patsos village where we went wine tasting at Kourkoulou winery. You can get the bus from Rethymno Bus Station but make sure to check the times as it only goes a couple times a day.

Location: Rethymno

Day 5 - 13 Aug 2021

Kourkoulou Winery

Rethymno, Kourkoulou Winery
Rethymno, Kourkoulou Winery
Rethymno, Kourkoulou Winery
Rethymno, Kourkoulou Winery
Rethymno, Kourkoulou Winery

Content: Located in the heart of the Cretan mountains, about 22km from Rethymno. Kourkoulou Winery is a new family-run winery with breathtaking views of the mountains and gorge. You can take a tour of their vineyards and winery and taste their exclusive Cretan wines. We paid 10€ each which included a tour of the vineyards and the winery, and tasting 5 wines and paximadi (hard Greek bread), olive oil and olives.

Location: Patsos

Day 5 - 13 Aug 2021

Patsos gorge

Patsos, Patsos gorge
Patsos, Patsos gorge
Patsos, Patsos gorge

Content: After the wine tasting we headed down the road to Patsos Gorge, where we did a short hike. There is also a traditional Greek taverna next to it called Drimos but we didn’t go this time.

Location: Amari

Day 5 - 13 Aug 2021

Potamon Dam

Amari, Potamon Dam
Amari, Potamon Dam
Amari, Potamon Dam

Content: On the way back we stopped at Potamon Dam, which was built in 2008 and it has capacity of 23 million cubic metres and is one of the most important wetlands in the southeast Mediterranean with many different animals being recorded nearby.

Location: Rethymno

Day 6 - 14 Aug 2021

Marinos Beach Hotel

Rethymno, Marinos Beach Hotel
Rethymno, Marinos Beach Hotel

Content: On Saturday, I went to Marinos Beach Hotel to work on my laptop for a few hours.

Platanes

Rethymno, Platanes
Rethymno, Platanes
Rethymno, Platanes

Content: In the late afternoon, I went for a walk in Platanes to take some photos. Near the Lidl, there is a little trail that passes some fields and has a litle church as well.

Location: Rethymno

Day 7 - 15 Aug 2021

Porto Rethymno

Rethymno, Porto Rethymno

Content: On Sunday morning I did some work at Porto Rethymno

Location: Adelianos Kampos

Day 7 - 15 Aug 2021

Blue Lagoon

Adelianos Kampos, Blue Lagoon
Adelianos Kampos, Blue Lagoon

Content: Then went to Blue Lagoon with Sofia, one of my Greek friends. Blue Lagoon is a beach bar in Platanes which has a swimming pool as well and sun beds/bean bags on the beach.