"Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you" - Aristophanes
There is something wonderfully fascinating about Crete. Perhaps that’s why Zeus was born in the mountains. He was after all the “Father of Gods.”
Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands with towering, rugged mountains, hillsides of olive and orange groves, a huge plateau, caves, gorges and ancient archaeology. For a castaway with a voracious desire for new wonders, Crete is ideal.
Kiani Beach Resort is 2.5 km from Kalyves. Flanked by lush mountainous backdrops and golden soft sands, the village is a true slice of Greek heaven. Lounge on a deserted beach for the day, eat Lamb Klefitko and amble through the village’s only street, passing by ladies in black and men with faces more craggy then Mount Lefka Ori herding goats. The island’s real powers come to life through its people, whose filoksenia, meaning hospitality is infectious.
A short bus hop away is the harbour town of Chania, the historic antidote to the island’s vigour, with jaw-dropping modern Venetian and Turkish traditional architecture, ice-cool frappe and the central park frequented by locals. Stock up on the acclaimed Cretan Diet at the indoor Chania Market.