We’re often asked what life in Crete is like and of course we’ve written many pages about living in Crete, aimed at those who are planning or wishing or dreaming of moving to Crete. You can find our Living In Crete on the navigation bar to the left.
But what is day to day life in Crete like?
Here we hope to update each month with the news and what is happening in Crete and Greece.
We’ve archived many of our past blog posts and living in Crete articles in our Crete Life Archive including articles on how to make the perfect Greek salad, how to deal with Mosquitoes in Crete and how driving in Greece can be bad for your health!
Crete Most Desired Destination
As part of the Monarch group, Tour operator Cosmos Holidays - the UK's largest independent tour operator, revealed that the Greek Island of Crete came out top of where over 2,000 Greek islands travel bloggers most wanted to visit and experience life in Crete. Crete had the highest number of social media shares, through Facebook Likes and comments, as well as tweets. Cosmos acknowledged that ‘the ability of bloggers to start conversations and drive opinion on holiday destinations has never been more relevant, and the travel industry is naturally very receptive to the concept of crowd-sourcing and sharing information’.
The Russians Are Coming
We’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers of Russian visitors to Crete over the past few years. More and more restaurants have menus in Russian, the all inclusive luxury hotels seem to have as many Russian guests as British, German or Scandinavian and some Crete estate Agents advertise houses for sale in Crete in Russian.
According to official figures, over 700,000 Russian tourists visited Greece in 2012, an increase of 13 per cent over the previous year.
There were three earthquakes reported this month effecting Crete. We didn’t feel any of them. The first minor earthquake occurred at 22:54 on 14 May with a magnitude of 3.1. The second earthquake was classed as a moderate earthquake with a magnitude of 4. 1 registered at 01:48 on 20 May. The third earthquake on Crete occurred on May 22 at 12:38 with a magnitude of 3.0.
Cruise Ship Increase
There has been an increase in cruise ship passengers visiting Crete this month. This is great news for the Crete tourist industry. Around 14,000 cruise ship tourists of over 60 different nationalities, but mainly from the United States, have arrived at Souda Bay port at Chania so far.
Stabbing of Russian Boy
A 20-year-old Dutch entertainer working at a hotel in Hersonissos, Crete has been charged with the attempted murder of a Russian 12 year old holidaymaker after repeatedly stabbing the boy. The Dutch man has confessed to the crime and will be kept under guard at the psychiatric ward of Heraklion hospital pending his trial.
The Russian boy had been stabbed at least 20 times and left for dead before being discovered on 15 May. The boy was rushed to an Athens children's clinic and remains in intensive care.
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