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Greece - moving around the country

The busiest and most basic routes are air-conditioned. However, in remote regions, the bus service operates old vehicles. Buses from villages outside the resort areas run daily. The most remote settlements are serviced only 1-2 times a week. The cost of a bus ticket is about 4 euros per 100 kilometers. It is worth noting that most of the Greek cities are quite small, and they can be easily walked. Therefore, it makes sense to spend money on buses only for traveling between cities or for moving within such large cities as Athens, Patra, Thessaloniki or Kalamata. The railway is an alternative to buses. However, it is worth noting that the railroad doesn’t go through all regions of mainland Greece. Before Olympic Games, the country has repaired the roads and slightly expanded the route. Trains in Greece are represented by two classes. The difference between the first and second class that connect towns, is quite insufficient. Travelers don’t have to wait for the special comfort. … Open

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Cultural excursion through Crete - things to see

If you'd like to see an actual digging site, it's worth to visit Gortyna area. It's an open-air museum founded few thousand years ago showing remnants of ancient city. Archeologists date it back to 9th century B.C. There are also world famous landmarks on the island, including Agia Triada palace built in 16th century B.C. It's a well-known heritage asset of Minoan age. Located near Phaistos, the original palace … Open

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On the beach of Malia there is a luxury resort Alexander; it resembles a severe medieval castle. The rooms of the hotel and its neighborhood are decorated to reflect the best local traditions; the hotel is surrounded by a lovely garden of over 50,000 square meters. Foodies, fans of spa treatments and sports enthusiasts, as well as the youngest travelers would be able to find a suitable place on such a vast territory. … Open

Attractions and active leisure

It’s impossible to imagine holidays on Crete without excursion to one of the local wineries. Manousakis Winery located at the city of Chania is one the biggest in the world. There tourists can watch wine being born, as well as taste various wines at nearby restaurants. Markets are presented at every city and the most famous one is located at Heraklion. Shopping fans shouldn't limit themselves to big cities as … Open

Cuisine and top restaurants

Speaking of national dishes, first of all it is worth to mention their naturalness. All products used for meals undergo very gentle heat treatment; chefs prefer to use only seasonal products for cooking culinary delights. It would be difficult to find a hot vegetable salads and stews in local restaurants, but the choice of light vegetable soups and fresh salads is surprising. Those, who can’t imagine a meal … Open

Traditions and mentality of Crete

Main festival venue is Municipal Park. Special stages and children rides are built there for the festival time. Even though festival program is getting more and more diverse, the primary event of the entire festival is wine testing. Speaking of Crete's traditions it's worth to mention local markets. Those aren’t just shopping venues, but also the best place to meet friends and relatives. Lots of people come … Open

Best beaches

One of the most attractive among sandy beaches is Kalamokanias; it is rather large and well equipped. Strong trees grow right on the coast, so you can take refuge in the heat of the day at the shade. There are popular hotels and apartments next to the coast. Travelers who will rest in Heraklion should pay attention to the sand and pebble beach Paleokastro. It is wild and devoid of any equipment; however, this scenic … Open - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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