Sure enough, as I step foot inside Daios Cove the wow factor hits. Nestled in a tranquil private sandy bay, a short ride from the bustling town of Agios Nikolaos, a wall of floor to ceiling windows creates a stunning elevated panoramic of the crystal clear turquoise waters and rugged cliffs that don the bay.
Whilst these nutrient-rich dishes are great for your physical health they play a massive role in your mental wellbeing too. In Crete family meals are not just for Christmas and you'd be hard pressed to find a local who doesn't hold them up as an important occasion to share in love, life and olive oil.
A woman has been jailed after admitting to being drunk and abusive on an aircraft. Marsha Woodwart had to be physically restrained
When I think of Crete I think of warmth. Not the perennial warm climate, nor the clear warm waters of the Aegean Sea, but the warmth of its people. Cretans are known for their genuine kindness, loyalty and hospitality, their Greek filoxenia (love of strangers). Mind you, I guess you would be pretty happy when you reside somewhere of such beauty.
A Greek holiday destination where a teenager was stabbed to death in a mass brawl has been turned into a "battlefield", according
A British man has reportedly been stabbed to death on the Greek island of Crete. The victim, who has not yet been named, is
Crete has long been on my top ten list, not least because of my mother's creative thinking when she decided to call me Ariadna, in line with the ancient Greek mythology. I felt like it was about time to go back to the "roots" and took a trip to this popular destination.
Hiking and camping isn't so simple. It has taken me a month of trial and (mostly) error to realize that I didn't need to bring anything at all. I could have bought everything I needed in the camping shop by the bus station in Chanea, Crete's main port, where I did in fact buy an excellent sleeping bag and mat.
As Greece enters its fifth year of recession - and Greeks are reeling under the weight of salary slashes, a rising tax burden and eurozone's highest unemployment rate - life for migrants is becoming tougher amid rising racism as well as a drop in living standards.
The truth is, for whatever reason, we're not all runners. Walking on the other hand, that's something anyone can get into.