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Described on the website: Places: Adelianos Kampos Agios Konstantinos Apodoulou Argiroupoli Asomatos Axos Filaki Heraklion Hotel Dias Kallikratis Margarites Moundros Rethymnon Rethymnon by night Roustika Spili Interesting places and ancient ruins: Cretaquarium in Gouves Eleftherna Frangokastello Gortyna Ideon Andron Cave Melidoni Cave Kournas Lake Knossos Minos cemetery in Armeni Venice bridge in Preveli Observatory on Shinakas Idi plateau Venice Port in Rethymnon Side Road Shrines Rethymnon market Kourtaliotiko Gorge Topolia Gorge East Road north-south Churches: Agios Kiriaki in Kourtaliotiko Agios Nikolaos in Kourtaliotiko Amari: Agia Anna Amari: Panagia Kera Monastiraki: Michael Archangelos Apodoulou: Agios Georgios Lambiotes: Agios Nikolaos Meronas: Agia Panagia Thronos: Agia Panagia Vizari: Basilica Monasteries: Kato Preveli Piso Preveli Arkadi Hrisoskalitissas Profiti Ilias Valsamonerou Beaches: Elafonissi Adelianos Kampos Agia Pelagia Georgioupoli Matala Panormos Preveli Skinaria Other info: Car rentals, and prices on Crete
 
 
 

Day 1 - Hotel Dias

Our agent for this trip was polish www portal Wakacje.pl, and the organization was taken care of by Neckermann. We have absolutely no reservations for those two. Everything was done on time, everybody were nice to us... Oh, and very big thanks to ms Kasia (Wakacje.pl) for patience. Resident from Neckermann the same – she was presenting trip offers on Crete with proffesionalizm and without any pressure at all. We had a bad experience from Tunisia 2 years ago, but We will not disclose names (lord vader took care of those, anyway) ;).

 
     

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Hotel Dias: Here we were for two weeks

Hotel is located between new and the old road Heraklion-Retymnon, directly near the hotel there is a bus stop, to and from Retymnon. You can catch a bus 2 times in an hour. Timetable is available at the reception desk, but I wouldn’t rely on it. It’s better not to take rooms from with the street view and surrounding hotels. Believe me you wouldn’t want to hear what people are doing during the night. The best accommodation is where you have windows pointing to the pool and nearby meadows.

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Hotel Dias: Pool

Pool on the picture appears to be larger than it really is. It has a bit weird shape, but it’s good if you know how bad Greek pools can be.

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Hotel Dias: lunchroom

Service is nice, they dont separate people – one country from another. If you order drinks, you will get even nicer service. Meals are tasty, quite big portions I would add. Although breakfast is a little dull (every day the same dish: eggs and a piece of meat). Suppers are awesome. On the menu you can find a selection of the best from Greek cuisine. There’s a lot of veggies and fruits on the table. You can have it “to go” if you want.

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Hotel Dias: foyer

Rooms aren’t to big, in the season it’s really hard to cope without cooling system, which costs around 5 euro per Day. Bathrooms are tiny, soap never changed, don’t count on any shampoos (but hair dryer is available) Tennis court costs 5euro/hour, billard around 2 euro per game, for ping pong we brought our own equipment, so we don’t know how much it costs J In the hotel, there’s a small shop with reasonable prices and expensive drink-bar.

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Hotel Dias: decorative sculpture on a starway.

During the season, more than half of the hotel guests, are Pols, there are some Germans, French, English and Czechs. If most of the time I would have to stay in the hotel, I would choose a different hotel, but we were set to travel around, so I have no objections in regards to a hotel. In the surrounding area, we’ve found lots of places where you’re able to rent a car, motorbike, scooter or a cycle.

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Hotel Dias: Night view from the roof

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Hotel Dias: View from the roof in Rethymnon direction

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Hotel Dias: Morning view from the roof in Idi’s tableland direction

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Hotel Dias: Morning view from the roof on a sea

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Hotel Dias: View from the roof on to a hotel parking lot

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Nearby hotel: also Three stars

As you can see, Three star hotels can have nicer entry than ours and can be placed further from the street. But I have no clue, what was the name of the hotel shown on the picture.

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Few pictures of a bit more luxurious hotels.

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Singer

People from Crackow/Poland could be nicely surprised – Singer? Here?

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Beach at Adelianos Kampos

It takes 5 minutes to get to this beach, you just need to go across the street.

I need to point out a very important issue here: During the first week of our stay (till the half of June) WATER ON EVERY BEACH WE WERE TAKING A SWIM, WAS FREAKIN COLD - We had to leave the water after couple of minutes to warm ourselves. There’s was practicly no one in the water in that time. In the second (and the last) half of our stay, - especially on the north shore - water temperature has GREATLY improved, we could stay in the water for hours.

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Beach at Adelianos Kampos

In Adelianos Kampos beach is gravel-ish, on the descent to the sea, there are some rocks and stone paving on which you should really be carefull, specially with big waves coming up (you may slip or fall in to the hole).

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Beach at Adelianos Kampos: night

Its not bounded by rocks as it is in many parts of Crete. Long beach walks advised :).

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Beach at Adelianos Kampos: colours of the sea

Generally the hotel is located near the exit to Pigianos Kampos, and the beach in that direction is wild and less visited than the others.

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Beach at Adelianos Kampos

Like on every beach near the touristic resort, you can go crazy on one of the scooters, blown bananas, parachutes and other stuff like that. This is a picture from a second half of June – water is very warm at that time and many more people are soaking in the sea or pool.

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Beach at Adelianos Kampos

And in the evening you can simply sit, admire the view, bore a little [spent romantic moments: Magda reminds].

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Adelianos Kampos: our hood

Adelianos Kampos is on of the many recreation mini villages in the surroundings of Rethymnon. Typical: which means: it has hotels, hotels construction sites, taverns, car rentals, tourism offices and of course the beach. We didnt see anything, which would make Adelianos look different on the background of Piglianos or others.

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Adelianos Kampos: our hood

Is in it the same in Jastrzebia Gora [Poland]? :)

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Adelianos Kampos: In the shop

There was incredibly lots of cute little items.

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