Chrissi Island

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I heard of a beautiful beach with rolling white sand beaches and sand dunes sprinkled with purple shells, which would make a gorgeous retreat for a romantic getaway, and the description tempted me.

This time, I was not looking for romance, but wanted to go and explore. Chrissi Island has a wide variety of marine wildlife,  so I was keen to go and watch. It is said that around 54 different species of fossils can be found here, too, if you are keen on snorkelling. The fossils are trapped in volcanic rocks under the sea, and the opportunity to go underwater was unmissable.

From the moment you set foot in Chrissi, you will be mesmerized by the gorgeous scenery, with mountains covered in cedars as a backdrop to the golden sand and the light aquamarine water. You may decide to walk in the woods around the island, or choose to swim in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. I chose to do both. Regardless of your choice, I must say that, the soft smell of cedar and the fresh oxygen will give you a sense of liberation, like you’ve left your ordinary world far behind. Luckily, this little paradise of an island is protected. Chrissi is protected by the Natura 2000 Programme, as an ‘area of intense natural beauty’, and has been designated as a wildlife refuge.

If you want to visit this gorgeous place, contact Karma Travel! From mid-May till late October, they will be able to book you on an excursion to this uninhabited island.

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Knossos

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A few miles from the center of Heraklion is Knossos, an archaeological site dating from the Bronze Age. Here you can explore the palace of King Minos, and follow in the footsteps of the legendary Minotaur and his labyrinth. The association of the site with the legend is no accident: archaeologists have found ancient Roman coins in the area, one of whose faces are engraved the Minotaur and the labyrinth.

Despite being in ruins, the archaeological site invites you to imagine a huge lively palace where many celebrations were held. The myths of Knossos tell us of a cruel King Minos, married to a woman named Pasiphae. She was the daughter of the sun and a prophetess, who was enchanted by Poseidon to fall in love with a bull and so gave birth to Asterion, the Minotaur. Daedalus was then commissioned to build the labyrinth to contain the beast. However, the beast was hard to appease, and every nine years it was necessary to offer it a victim. For this, King Minos had to choose seven men and seven women to send to the maze…

The experience of visiting Knossos is far more interesting and pleasurable if you have a tour guide to give you a little bit of background information, show you the site and tell you a few stories to make the place come alive.  Book your tours to Knossos and other historical sites in Crete through Karma Travel!

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