Around Heraklion

Our final destination in Crete was the capital city of Heraklion (also spelled Iraklio). We used the city as a base to visit the Palace of Knossos before flying back to Athens to begin our journey home. Heraklion is the busy capital of Crete and it doesn’t get a lot of love from locals or tourists, but we found it an easy place to spend a couple days.

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Fortezza of Rethymno

Rethymno may be smaller than Chania, but its Venetian Fortezza (fortress, aka castle) is much more impressive than the Firka in Chania. We’d been warned the Fortezza might be closed due to recent rainy weather, but we wandered up anyway, if only to take some photos of the outside.

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Around Rethymno

The town of Rethymno (also spelled Rethimno and Rethymnon) is a town on the northern coast of Crete, roughly halfway between Chania and the capital city of Heraklion. We took a public KTEL bus there from Chania, a journey of just over an hour.

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Chania Old Town

Chania’s old town surrounds the Venetian Port. Remnants of the original Venetian fortification walls can still be found in some places, along with the typical narrow streets and old stone buildings common to historic centers across Europe. The area also includes the Firka Fortress, now home to the Maritime Museum.

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Koum Kapi

Koum Kapi is a stretch of the Chania waterfront just east of the Venetian Harbour. It’s a low-key, lined with modest cafes. The waves come in harder due to a lack of a breakwater and it makes for some great photos.

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Chania Lighthouse Walk

The focal point of Chania’s Venetian Harbour is the lighthouse, which sits at the tip of a very long breakwater. This breakwater wall protects the inner harbour from the full force of the crashing waves from the Aegean to the north.

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Arrival in Chania, Crete

We flew from Athens to Chania, a small city on the northwest coast of Crete. The flight took just over half an hour and was very low-stress, with nice views of various small Greek islands speckled across the blue Aegean.

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Ancient Delphi

Temple of Apollo at Delphi

On our second and final day in Delphi we woke up early and made our way to the archaeological sites of Ancient Delphi, located roughly ten minutes by foot from the town center along the main road.

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Views Around Delphi

A view just outside of Delphi

After settling into Delphi in mid-afternoon we spent a few hours exploring the town and its surroundings. One highlight was an unassuming dirt road that lead down from the main road, disappearing into the mountains. This is the start of one of numerous very long hiking paths that link towns and villages in the area, but we only walked a very short distance.

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Arrival in Delphi

The bus stop in Delphi

For our second weekend in Greece we took a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride northwest to the town of Delphi for an overnight visit. Our main purpose was to visit Ancient Delphi, home of the famous Oracle of Delphi, but modern Delphi is also a nice small town that is worth exploring, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

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