Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The hidden side to the party island of Crete


What do you think of when you think of Greece? Some would say idyllic landscapes, wonderful people and amazing food. Others however would say hot weather, cheap alcohol and great night life. Two ends of a very varied scale. Given this outlook it is unsurprising that many brits don’t know about hidden tourist destinations across the country and its many beautiful islands. Places that offer everything you need in a quieter and more relaxed environment.

Crete, the Greek island that most British holiday makers know for all the wrong reasons. Malia, one of the many locations on this island, is notoriously known amongst the party people of the UK. Its reputation is high on the list with other European ‘party places’ along with Magaluf on the Spanish island of Mallorca and many locations across Zante, another Greek Island. Malia sees thousands upon thousands of young British tourists flock to its sandy beaches, lovely weather and constant party atmosphere, filled with excitement for the fun they have laying ahead.

What about the people who don’t want to go and party? The people who want to relax, have a few meals, enjoy authentic Greek life for a week or two? Crete seems like one of the most undesirable of the islands for someone looking for this kind of experience. This is wrong. On the Opposite side of the island to Malia and the party nightlife lay beautiful mountains and breath taking scenery. Land which has remained almost untouched, within reach of ancient cities with so much to see and do.

Agia Marina, a quaint, traditional town with a multicultural, cosmopolitan feel. People from all around the world seem to come here to relax and forget all their worries. It truly is the place to go that no one in Britain seems to think about, the place every brit looking for a self-indulging holiday should go. This side of the island is completely overshadowed by the reputation of Malia, but it is one of the most amazing places you will ever see. Only thirty minutes from the thriving, ancient city of Chania. A city filled with history, things to do and people to meet. Everything has a story.

The small town is hidden towards the mountains of the island, they’re clearly visible in the distance wherever you look. The best food on the island is also thought to be here. The traditional tavernas all scream tradition. Manolis Taverna for example. Run by three generations of one family. The food is regarded as the best traditional cuisine the island can offer. The small, outdoor restaurant has a comfortable and peaceful vibe to it and being surrounded by a family truly makes you feel like you are surrounded by family. You make friends for life here.

Agia Marina isn’t a flat area however. As it is located so close to the mountains the terrain is rather varied. From flat ground to hills, in the heat walking this area can be quite tiring. Although when you reach the beach or make it back to your hotel it is definitely worth the walk. Who knows ladies and gents, you might not even gain that holiday weight everyone dreads.