Honesty and Friendliness in Crete

by Traveller

In 1989 we visited Crete and stayed at the resort of Elounda at the Kavos Bay Apartments overlooking the sea.

This was our first holiday to any Greek island, it was strange. To start with the owner, whose name I have unfortunately forgotten, made us very welcome and had a small shop at the apartments for groceries and other things.

On our first morning I went to the shop for some milk, but he was out of stock. I was told later I must have made a face, as the shop owner offered me his car keys to go to Elounda!!! When I refused, he drove me there, we got milk and bread, and there was no charge for the trip!

On the counter of his shop was a large tray that served as his till. Beside it was a book in which to enter the goods you had purchased, if you had no cash to hand. The bowl of the tray was for coins and underneath was for the drachma notes hence I say ‘Honesty Friendliness’.

Visits to Vai beach were full of peace and tranquility.

We have visited Crete may times since, and also some other islands, but our first visit will always stay with us. I even learnt how to water ski there.

When we go back this year we will revisit Elounda and see how it has changed.

Real Cretan Hospitality

Hi Traveller,

Yes, in those days you would have seen the very simple and friendly life of Crete. It is a little different now, but still made of the same core stuff: Honesty and Friendliness. This is the real Cretan hospitality which is well known and even has a word in Greek 'philotimi' is a value held close to the heart of all Cretans.

Kavos Bay Apartments are still there – they are now run by Maria and Chris.

The great thing about these apartments is that they enable you to self cater, and there is still a little shop on the premises for guest convenience. They serve up a yummy breakfast, and you can walk along the coastal track into Elounda for lunch or dinner to any of the really great tavernas there.

Because it is situated between Elounda and Plaka, those fond of walking can visit either village for taverna meals or to join a boat trip out to Spinalonga Island.

Really the most magnificent feature here are the stupendous views over the whole bay. Elounda Bay and the Kolokytha Peninsula, over to the island of Spinalonga with the changing ever blue greens of the Med twinkling day and night...

Elounda Beach

More about Elounda here

More about Spinalonga Island here...

Visit Agios Nikolaos from here...

Vai Beach is still as beautiful as you no doubt experienced then. Very little has changed there...

We trust that your visit here this year will prove just as much honesty and friendliness still survives in Crete.

Kalo Taxidi! Bon Voyage!

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