By this point in our two week holiday, I was pretty exhausted after adventuring to gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, monasteries, lakes, caves, a palm forest, a lovely old town and hiking down one very steep gorge. It was time to chill! Venturing to the far east of Crete, we stayed at a beautiful place called Afroditi Apartments. We were warmly welcomed and really enjoyed the room and views. The beachfront was just a 200 meter walk downhill. The sandy small beach hugs a small, shallow bay with little waves that make it fun for a swim. The shore is lined with little restaurants offering great value and outstanding local food. If you prefer shopping at the small local supermarkets for your breakfast fare, you’ll definitely find Greek yoghurt and honey. And of course, local award-winning olive oil.
Travel tip: I didn’t realise it at the time but the town has a nearby archaeological site. The remains of an ancient Minoan country house or villa is perched up on one of the hills.