CRETA, UN PARADIS ACCESIBIL / CRETE, AN ACCESSIBLE PARADISE

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Odata ajuns in Creta parca nu iti mai vine sa mai pleci. Nici nu e de mirare ca aceste meleaguri au prosperat inca din epoca bronzului. In Creta am avut parte de o experienta perfecta, in care lectiile de istorie si cele culturale s-au impletit frumos cu cateva ore petrecute pe plaja, la soare.
Ne-am cazat in Stalida, un orasel pe care l-as recomanda celor care vor sa se distreze in taverne si baruri, dar si familistilor convinsi. Aici poti foarte bine sa incepi seara intr-un bar si sa continui distractia pana dimineata in cluburi. La fel de bine poti lua cina intr-un restaurant de familie si apoi sa te retragi linistit la somn.

Plajele din Stalida mi-au placut la nebunie. Sunt largi, cu nisip fin si te conduc spre marea de un albastru incredibil.

Stalida a fost punctul nostru de plecare pentru multe excursii de neuitat.

Once you arrive in Crete, you wish you’d never have to go back. It’s no wonder these lands have prospered even in the bronze age. I’ve had a perfect stay in Crete. Here, the history lessons and cultural sights can be easily combined with a few hours spent on the beach.
We stayed in Stalida (Stalis), an ex-fisherman’s village that now can host both partying people and families. Here you can start your evening in a bar and keep partying until dawn, but as well, you can dine in a family restaurant and then go straight to bed.
I loved the beaches in Stalis. Fine sand for as long as you can see, that leads you to bathe in a clear – blue, picture perfect sea.

Stalis was our departing point for many unforgettable trips.

 

Beach in Stalis
Beach in Stalis

Am vizitat capitala Heraklion (sau Iraklion, un oras intemeiat in anul 824 si care de-a lungul timpului a starnit interesul bizantinilor, romanilor, venetienilor dar si al otomanilor). Pasionatii de istorie nu trebuie sa rateze o vizita la Muzeul de Arheologie. Aici puteti admira celebrul disc din Phaistos, imprimat cu hieroglife minoice. Mesajul discului ramane un mister pana in ziua de azi. Un alt artefact celebru expus la Muzeul de Arheologie din Creta este Zeita – Sarpe. We’ve visited the capital, Heraklion (or Iraklion – a city that was founded in the year 824 and that was a point of interest for the Byzantines, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans). The Archaeology Museum is a must visit for the history fanatics. Here you can admire the famous Phaistos disc, that appears be written in Minoan script. This unique archaeological find remains an undeciphered enigma. Another famous artifact here is the Snake Goddess.

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Nu trebuie sa plecati din Creta fara o vizita la palatul Cnossos. Aici, grecii au pastrat in conditii foarte bune ruinele unui palat minoic. Grecii se lauda ca aici sunt ruinele celui mai vechi oras din Europa. Tot aici s-a nascut si celebrul mit al minotaurului. O sa fiti surprinsi sa constatati ca ruinele palatului seamana izbitor cu un labirint. Constructia palatului ar fi inceput prin anul 2.000 I.E.N. Ruinele au fost descoperite si restaurate intre anii 1900 – 1930. Arhitectii care au lucrat la palat s-au gandit la toate: palatul beneficia de o retea bine pusa la punct (alcatuita din conducte si culoare) care vara mentinea temperaturile racoroase. Aici veti putea admira mai multe fresce care infatiseaza obiceiuri de pe vremea minoanilor. Acestea sunt insa doar copii dupa lucrarile originale. Operele originale sunt expuse la Muzeul de Arheologie din Heraklion. You can’t leave Crete without visiting The Knossos palace. Here lie the ruins of an Minoan palace, established in what is considered Europe’s oldest city. The myth of the minotaur was born here, and the palace ruins are similar with a labyrinth. Work on the palace began in 2.000 B.C. The ruins were discovered and restored between 1900 – 1930. The architects that worked on the palace designed even water pipes and cooling systems for the summer. You can admire frescoes that depict the usual life of the Minoans. Those are only copies, the originals are displayed in the  Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

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Insula Creta iti ofera atatea posibilitati de explorare ca e si pacat sa stai locului. Merita sa va rupeti cateva ore din zi ca sa ajungeti in al 4-lea oras ca marime din Creta: Agios Nikolaos. Va puteti plimba pe stradutele racoroase care duc spre malul lacului Vulismeni. Acesta este unit cu marea printr-un canal in stil venetian. Crete offers many exploring possibilities. It’s worth visiting the 4th largest city in Crete:  Agios Nikolaos. You can walk along the pretty streets that lead to the Vulismeni lake that is connected to the sea through a Venetian canal.

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In drum spre Agios Nikolaos popositi in Elounda. Statiunea adaposteste un golf care ofera privelisti unice. Elounda este una dintre cele mai exclusiviste statiuni din Creta. Aici s-a filmat si Zorba Grecul. On your way to Agios Nikolaos, stop in Elounda Bay with it’s unique views. Elounda is one of the most luxurious destinations in Greece. Scenes from Zorba the Greek were filmed here.

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Si Insula Spinalonga este una dintre cele mai populare destinatii pentru turistii care ajung in Creta. Desi la prima vedere pare un paradis asezat pe apele incredibil de albastre ale marii Egee, acesta a fost un loc de cosmar pentru mii de oameni la inceputul anilor 1900. Cetatea care a fost fortificata cu secole in urma de venetieni a fost folosita ca loc de exil pentru bolnavii de lepra. Aproximativ 1.500 de leprosi au murit si au fost ingropati in cimitirul de pe insula. Spinalonga Island is also one of the most popular destinations for the ones that visit Crete. Although at first view the Island looks like a Paradise on the clear blue waters of the Aegean sea, this was actually a nightmare place for thousands of people, in the 1900’ds. The city fortress was fortified by the Venetians, and it was used as a leper colony. More than 1500 leprosy sufferers were buried in the island cemetery.
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Din Creta, si celebra insula Santorini este accesibila pentru excursii de o zi. La fel ca si Creta, de Santorini se leaga multe mituri celebre. Cel mai cunoscut este cu siguranta cel al orasului pierdut – Atlantida. “Mai mult vin decat apa, mai multe biserici decat case, mai multi măgări decat barbati.” Asa isi descriu locuitorii insula. Santorini nu beneficiaza de apa potabila – insa aici se produce unul dintre cele mai gustoase vinuri din lume. Biserici sunt cu sutele pe insula, peste 300, iar magarusii sunt in numar mare pentru ca sunt mijlocul de transport al localnicilor din cel mai jos punct al insulei pana in cel mai inalt. Santorini se lauda si cu cel mai frumos apus de soare din lume. Fenomenul atrage zeci de turisti in fiecare zi si poate fi admirat cel mai bine din oraselul Oia. From Crete, Santorini is accessible as a one day destination, from the port. Santorini is also a place of legend. Greek philosophers stated that this is the long lost city of Atlantis. ” More churches than homes, more wine than water and more donkeys than men” that’s how the people of Santorini describe the island. Santorini doesn’t have it’s own source of drinkable water, but it’s where one of the most famous wines is produced. There are over 300 Churches on the island, and the donkeys are used by the locals as a transport meaning. Here, in the city of Oia (Ia) you can watch the world’s most spectacular Sunset.

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4 thoughts on “CRETA, UN PARADIS ACCESIBIL / CRETE, AN ACCESSIBLE PARADISE

    1. Intr-adevar, chiar merita. Poti incerca sa vizitezi insula cu incredere in in perioadele mai putin aglomerate, chiar si in iunie sau septembrie vremea e frumoasa acolo, iar preturile sunt mai mici.

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