Crete Travel Diary: Day Cruise to Balos and Gramvoussa

Balos Beach

My second day in Chania, Crete I went on a day cruise to Balos and Gramvoussa. It was the highlight of my holiday. The day excursion was organized by TUI. Early morning we were picked up by the TUI coach at our hotel and driven to Kissamos Kastelli to embark on the boat. The boat is huge and also holds a restaurant where you can literally get anything you like in respect to food and drinks to make your cruise a comfortable one. The cruise to Balos lagoon at the Gramvoussa peninsula is simply … [Read more...]

Crete Travel Diary: Roadtrip to Elafonisi Lagoon and Beach

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On my first day in Chania Crete, I went on a road trip to the South-west of the island, to explore the lagoon and beach Elafonisi. The drive from my hotel took about 1.5-2 hours despite it being only 50 km. Reason is that you have to drive through the mountains and small idyllic Greek villages. It's a wonderful road trip that I wouldn't have wanted to miss. I decided to drive straight to Elafonisi lagoon and beach, and stop at the different villages on the way back. So my first stop was … [Read more...]

The Day after MUST

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Yesterday, the Kurhaus in Scheveningen transformed into a magical, almost fairy-tale setting with the party MUST. 30s Magazine events contributor César was there to capture it visually. Glistening chandeliers, champagne, and go-go girls dressed in vintage beach wear reminded us of the Kurhaus' history and legacy as the elite beach hotel. The crowd was dressed to impress and partied into the late hours with mojitos, cocktails and fingerfood. DJs Leon Benesty, Frank Rizardo and Erick E turned up … [Read more...]

Crete Travel Diary: Hotspot Restaurant & Bar Feidias

Feidias Chania

Whenever I'm travelling I like to go off the beaten track and find cool and nice places that aren't touristy. For the TUI website, ILoveGriekenland.nl and Visit Greece I was to find such a place in Chania. A local acquaintance told me to go to Restaurant & Bar Feidias. Here you'll find few to none tourists, and you can mingle with the locals. Feidias is located a short car drive outside of the old city center, or you might want to take the bus (11 or 18) since finding a parking spot was kind … [Read more...]

Crete Travel Diary: The Monastery of Gonia

Gonia Monastery

Yesterday I visited the Monastery of Gonia dating back to 1618. It was a beautiful day and I was in awe by its beauty and serenity. A must-visit when vacationing in Chania, Crete. The Orthodox Christian monastery is located in the northwest of Chania, Crete, in the small village Kolymbari. Perching on top of a hill overlooking the Gulf of Chania, you can see it from afar. The drive up is beautiful past a lane of chestnut trees. The construction began in 1618 and was completed in 1634. Since … [Read more...]

Crete Travel Diary: Hotspot Pallas

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Yesterday I explored the old town of Chania. It's beautiful and I took so many photos. The city is full of history and historical architecture. Chania old town is also boasting with taverns, bars, and eateries. Amidst all those, I found the perfect restaurant & bar that seemed to be the hotspot among locals.  Pallas, is located at the harbour with a view on the lighthouse. Its interior is über hip, the terrace a real lounge area with marble tables and comfy sofas. Pallas is all about … [Read more...]

Crete travel diary: Staying at the Sensimar Kalliston Resort

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I'm currently in Crete and thought it would be nice to blog daily about my stay here. In collaboration with TUI Nederland and Visit Greece I'm in Chania to uncover traveltips. My tips will appear on the TUI website and on ILoveGriekenland.nl Chania is situated in the west of Crete. But, more about Chania in another blog. Today I would like to share a few snapshots of the resort I'm staying in. I'm not in a design or boutique hotel like you are used of me, but in the 5* Sensimar Kalliston … [Read more...]