Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 - Greece - Day 6 [Crete]

Today, we rent a car to drive to Chania where we will be spending the next few days.

Capsis Astoria Breakfast
Capsis Astoria Breakfast 
Capsis Astoria Breakfast
Breakfast at the Capsis Astoria was also a buffet style breakfast with a very large variety of items. Eggs scrambled, fried, hard boiled and even omelette. There were many types of cheeses and sliced meats. There was a fruit section with watermelon and other fruit. Lots of bread and spreads. Overall very nice.

Capsis Astoria Breakfast
Capsis Astoria Breakfast


We discussed with the receptionist when we arrived and we ended up deciding to book the car rental with them. It cost us only 3 euros more than when I originally booked at Hertz and it would be dropped off at the hotel and we could drop off the car at the hotel when we come back. It seemed like a local company that we would be booking through. We also opted for the extra full coverage insurance which was an extra 12 euros per day but we wouldn't need to worry about scratches and damages. The really odd thing of it all in my mind was that they didn't even take a credit card or deposit for collateral. Oh well!

Rethymo boardwalk
Rethymo boardwalk
Headed to Rethymo as our first stop which was roughly an hour away from the hotel in Crete. It is a nice port/coastal town which has a nice feel to it when you walk along the boardwalk area. We took some pictures and visited the fortress which cost us 4 euros each to visit. I'd suggest avoiding this fortress, it was a bit disappointing for the price since there wasn't much to see.

Butler Pantry folks
Butler Pantry sandwich
While in Rethymo, we stopped at a local coffee shop, Butler Pantry for a snack and got a sandwich to share for 2,80 euros.

Rethymo fortress
Rethymo fortress
We made it to Chania at around 4:30pm and the hotel (Kydon) is very nice. Came with valet parking and very helpful front desk staff. After checking in we wandered around for info about the Samaria Gorge (we got differing information about how much a tour would cost versus doing it on our own) and we ended up deciding to join the tour at the hotel which cost us 24 euros each (we saw some in town for 19 euros) since it wasn't much more than if we took the bus on our own and it would include a tour guide and private bus back to the hotel.

Rethymo fortress
Rethymo fortress
Tamam was for dinner where we order the goat, pork fillet, and greek salad which came out to 36 euros, very good meal and it ended with free raki and delights.
Random Walkway at Chania
Tamam Greek Salad
Tamam goat on the left, pork fillet on the right
Raki and delights
Chania coastline
Sunset from Kydon Hotel
Went back to the hotel early since tomorrow would be a long day since it was our hike to Samaria Gorge.