With the promising title of ”Summer Bed under the Stars,” a woman from the town of Paleocastro, near Heraklion, aims to attract tourists who wish to experience Crete’s hospitality …without the benefit of a roof. The woman, who rents her bed in the backyard of her property, describes it on *Airbnb* as a beautiful and warm bed ”which is only one hundred meters from the beach, and thirteen kilometers (eight miles) from the city of Heraklion.” Photo by airbnb She also promises that whoever rents her bed will be able to ”dream under thousands of stars of the night sky.” The bed comes with the “luxury” of a shared kitchen, a toilet and a bathroom. However, the property owner charges only €32 per night*.!!!!!!! Airbnb* informs the people who are interested in this ”property,” that the amenities, unfortunately, do not include air-conditioning, television, heating or a fire alarm. Also, if the visitor desires the luxury services of cleaning, he or she will have to pay €41 per night! People have actually stayed at the property already, and taken advantage of her outdoor bed under the stars, with the resulting reviews being quite favorable. One reviewer notes that everything was good, apart from the fact that an avenue was nearby, and the noise was “quite annoying.” Another wrote that he slept there for one night, remarking that ”the garden was marvelous” and the experience unforgettable. In these days of “anything goes” tourism, this canopied bed under the Cretan sky looks like an inviting alternative for adventurous travelers.
The *Greek* island of *Crete* has just been voted the fifth best of all the world’s top destinations in TripAdvisor’s recent “Best Destinations in the World …Crete was featured among the most well-known and popular tourist destinations anywhere on the globe including London, Paris, Barcelona, Bali and New York. According to Stavros Arnaoutakis, the local governor of Crete, the TripAdvisor award is an indicator of the excellent job that has been done in promoting the island as a spectacular destination, with much to offer tourists. The island’s authorities, along with the Greek Ministry of Tourism, work closely together to promote Cretes’ tourist product. The first three places on the TripAdvisor award list were taken by Paris, London, and Rome, while destinations such as Istanbul, Tokyo and New York ranked lower than Crete on the list. Crete and Bali, Indonesia were the only two island destinations to be featured in the top ten locations this year.
THE biggest Greek Island and the fifth biggest island in the Med, Crete has endless vast landscapes and dramatic coastline to explore. Head there to discover the island’s ancient history, eat delicious Greek food and kick back on white sandy beaches. You can enjoy year-round mild temperatures – 23 to 29C from May to October – and a just under four-hour flight from the UK. Where to start? We’ve narrowed it down with our guide to the best holiday spots on the island. Heraklion area The most popular part of the island is the area around Crete’s capital, Heraklion, which is home to bustling resorts with lively nightlife but also traditional villages and quieter areas if you seek them out. Around Lasithi in the east is arguably the most authentic part of Crete with traditional villages, ancient sites and unspoiled beaches. The upmarket resort town of Agios Nikolaos sits on a hillside with stunning views of Mirabello Bay and Lake Voulismeni – A charming seaside town with a colourful harbour and traditional Greek tavernas, Elounda is a picturesque spot to stay with access to the famous Spinalonga Island. But best of all is at Milatos at Kiveli apts from £20 pn – for a self catering apartment
Crete positioned as most family-accommodating shoreline goal Crete has been named as Europe’s most family-accommodating shoreline goal. The Greek island beat an outline of 50 goals crosswise over ten nations – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Turkey – analyzed by On the Beach. A review of 1,000 British families found that general an incentive for cash was the main thought while picking a family occasion goal for the greater part (54%) of guardians. With regards to the most reduced cost occasion goals, breaks to the lesser known Canary Island of La Palma offers the best summer occasion esteem, trailed by the Costa Calida and the Costa Brava on the Spanish territory. The Greek island of Kefalonia is named the fourth best esteem occasion goal for families, trailed by the Algarve. The OTA utilized five criteria, each recorded by guardians as imperative contemplations while picking a family occasion spot. The five criteria, joined and weighted to compute a general score out of 100, were: • Average temperature • Average ocean temperature • Family cordial attractions (waterparks and amusement parks) • Flight span • Average cost for a group of four amid 2018 Crete, which draws in excess of four million guests per year, took top spot with a file score of 85.2. The island brags the most elevated number family-accommodating water and amusement parks (ten) out of all goals in the examination, and has normal temperatures of 24O amid the late spring. The Costa Blanca area is second with a list score of 84.3, because of its short flight span from the UK, warm ocean and air temperatures, and expansive number of water and amusement parks (seven). Cyprus came third with a record score of 83.2. Regardless of having a more drawn out flight time, the eastern Mediterranean island scored very for its warm ocean temperatures, various water and event congregations, and the low normal expense of a family occasion. Costa Brava is fourth trailed by the Costa Dorada district in fifth, additionally scoring high focuses at its how normal occasion cost and short flight span. An aggregate of 16 Spanish shoreline goals highlight in the main 50. On the Beach promoting chief Alan Harding stated: “Our family shoreline list gives an information driven take a gander taking care of business family shoreline goals. “We realize that examining an ideal family occasion can require significant investment, so we’ve utilized the occasion criteria that guardians disclosed to us matter most to them, and did the math to make this thorough rundown.” “Topping our family shoreline file, Crete is a phenomenal decision with warm waters, moderate temperatures and heaps of sensational water stops and amusement parks to keep the family engaged. “In the event that achieving your hotel in record time best your rundown of needs, Spain gives a scope of awesome shoreline occasion choices under more than two hours from the UK. “In the event that higher temperatures and lovely warm waters are what you’re searching for, Turkey could be the ideal alternative for you.” Top 10 most family cordial shoreline occasion goals: 1. Crete: 85.2 2. Costa Blanca: 84.3 3. Cyprus: 83.2 4. Costa Brava: 82.9 5. Costa Dorada: 82.8 6. Majorca: 82.6 7. Malta: 81.9 8. Corfu: 80.6 9. Sardinia: 82.6 10. Costa De la luz: 80.5