News Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is interested in Crete as a touristic development bears mixed blessings. The prince, who’s transformed every place he’s invested in quite literally, says he wants to develop the island of Dia, just off Heraklion. But Crete is a special case study in protected antiquity, and Dia may hold secretes the Greeks don”t want destroyed by overzealous development.
Crete’s second biggest city, is probably the most well know and picturesque. Chania, a Minoan settlement known to the Greeks as Kydonia, is famous for it’s Venetian Harbor photogenically. The capital of the provence of the same name, Chania is about as iconic a destination as you can imagine. Surrounded by a host of smaller villages and immeasurable natural beauty, the west of Crete’s gem of tourism deserves every accolade. Here’s a bucket list of things any visitor “must see” before leaving this magical Cretan getaway.
In news from one of Greece’s most popular luxury beach resorts, Domes of Elounda has unveiled 20 newly constructed luxury villas and more.
Summer vacationing on the Greek isle of Crete is in full swing for thousands of sun and fun seekers. So, in the spirit of Cretan hospitality (Filoxenia) Lato Boutique Hotel* is giving away a luxurious weekend in Heraklion.
For those out there headed to Crete, driving the countryside is one of the great treats of this marvelous island destination. What’s more, navigating the well maintained Crete roads is a welcome adventure with mountain goats and sheep a plenty to keep visitors company. One such “discovery path”, the road to famous Elaphonisi Beach, is the spotlight of Argo today.
The Hellenic Initiative (THI) will hold a second annual banquet, “Investing in the Future of Greece” to honor George D. Behrakis, John Pappajohn, and Peter G. Peterson. The nonprofit’s mission, mobilizing investment for Greece, has scheduled the event for October 2nd in New York.
On Crete the idea of out-of-the-way places takes on new dimensions. The countryside is as pristine and wild as you can imagine. The effect of this wildness, meeting the cities by the sea, leaves visitors spellbound in a sort of landscape awe. At the civilized heart of rural Crete, a tapestry of villages dot the island like tiny gems. It is in just such a tiny town, literally hidden from view, where you will find the most romantic stay at Grotto Homes.
Scanning Instagram via the app and Twitter this morning we found some of the most amazing imagery of the majestic island of Crete. For your viewing and sharing pleasure, here’s April’s best Instagram stuff from the Mediterranean island.
Key people and analytical indicators predict a very positive Europe Hotel market going forward. With the European bond market ramping upward, and big hotel players making huge investments, most analysts agree Europe travel may be coming out of the recessive woods. Despite the positive signals though, price cramping and other considerations will continue to prove problematic for some hoteliers.
In a recent Trivago survey, Athens reached the pinnacle of this year’s preferred Easter destinations for foreigners. The Trivago report also revealed the Greek capital as the cheapest European capital city to visit.
The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) has partnered with Word Travel Market (WTM) Latin America 2014 in an effort to boost tourism this year. The collaboration is expected to drive some 18 million tourists to Greece this year.
Ryanair has launched another direct route to Crete from the UK. Announced on Tuesday, the Bournemouth Airport flights to Chania in Crete will be a big boom for UK tourists and the Greek Island’s tourism industry as well.
The White Mountains of Crete (Lefka Ori) are a spectacle to behold. The white capped limestone peaks offer the most dramatic backdrop for an Island so famous for seaside pleasures and ancient seafaring. In fact, the spectacle of sheer cliffs rising into the clouds is almost as awe inspiring as the pristine beaches and aquamarine waters of the Cretan and Libyan Seas that surround Crete.
News last week from Grace Hotels revealed still more Greece developmental planning. The hotel group announced the intention to start a hotel and villa property in the Peloponnese near Kalamata.
The ancient theater of Sparta will be restored thanks to a public-private partnership. This is great news as the theater dates back to the 2nd century BC and was one of the largest ones in Greece.