Lonely Planet Crete
Lonely Planet, Korina Miller, Alexis Averbuck, Kate Armstrong
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Lonely Planet Crete is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Rub shoulders with the Minoan ghosts, enrich your understanding of Knossos, or discover a charming boutique hotel in the winding streets of Hania Old Town; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Crete and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet Crete Travel Guide:
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• Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
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• Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
• Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
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• Over 29 maps
• Covers Hania, Iraklio, Rethymno, Lasithi, Knossos, Vai, Elounda, Agia Nikolaos, Agia Marina, Hersonisos, Platanias, Vamos, Almyrida, Ierapetra, and more
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The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Crete, our most comprehensive guide to Crete, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled
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tomb. Its stone walls stand 2m high. Side rooms were used for ritual purposes. Follow the signs to Tympaki and just after the small white church, look for signs to the right and about 500m on, again to the left. You can drive through the olive groves on a dirt road for about 1.2km. (Alternatively, this is also a pleasant walk). A walking track leads for around 500m to the site. 4Sleeping AmbeliotissaAPARTMENT€ (%28920 42690; www.ambeliotissa.com; studio €30-35, apt €50-55; aWsc) A low-key,
a secret school operated in the monastery, and its reputation for hiding rebels led to severe reprisals. During WWII, Abbot Silingakis was executed after sheltering resistance leaders who operated an underground radio transmitter. The monastery’s star attraction is undoubtedly the icon Lord Thou Art Great by celebrated Cretan artist Ioannis Kornaros. Each of the 61 scenes painted on the icon is beautifully worked out and inspired by a phrase from the Orthodox prayer that begins, ‘Lord, thou art
marble amphora. The Lustral Basin served as a washroom for those entering the nearby Central Shrine. You can still see a ledge and a niche in the southern wall for the ceremonial idols. Below the Lustral Basin is the Treasury, which yielded nearly a hundred jars and rhytons. Next to the treasury is the Archive Room, which once contained Linear A record tablets. Close to the northwest corner of the North East Court is the bathroom with a cesspit. TREKKING THE VALLEY OF THE DEAD Trekking in
archaeology. KING MINOS & DAEDALUS Minos, the legendary ruler of Crete, was the son of Zeus and Europa and attained the Cretan throne, aided by Poseidon. Homer describes him and his land in the ‘Odyssey’: ‘Out on the dark blue sea there lies a rich and lovely land called Crete that is densely populated and boasts 90 cities… One of the 90 cities is called Knossos and there for nine years, King Minos ruled and enjoyed the friendship of the mighty.’ Whatever his character might have been, his
around 10% for good service. To split the bill, work it out among your group – Greeks tend to treat the whole table. ACretans are generous hosts. Don’t refuse a coffee or drink – it’s a gesture of hospitality and goodwill. If you’re invited out, the host normally pays. AIf you are invited to someone’s home, take a small gift (flowers or sweets) and pace yourself, as you’ll be expected to eat everything on your plate. ASmoking is banned in enclosed public spaces, including restaurants and