For some reasons, the king of Crete - Minos offend Poseidon, the sea god. To punish Minos, Poseidon made Minos' wife Pasiphae fall in love with snow-white bull, she hide in a wooden cow to mate with the bull, Minotaur was born. After growing up, Minotaur become furious, Minos send him to live in the center of a complex labyrinth...the place is close to the palace Knossos. It locate in Heraklion in Crete now.
As a largest island in Greece, Crete has amazing nature landscapes, many beaches and some mountains!! One day I visit Elafonisi beach with friends met in hostel, we rented a car together drove from Rethymno, it was really really looooong way, we spent 7 hours on car! But the way to the beach is just gorgeous, the road is on the mountain, both of sides are cliffs...we overlook the west coast of Crete, it was breathtaking time, and the beach was just lovely, water is as clean as crystal. mixed with bright green and blue sea and white sand. it might be the most beautiful beach in crete, even far way to reach there, but worth it.
My favorite place in Crete is Samaria Gorge. it is 16kms hiking through the gorge to the terminal beach. The first image when getting off from bus, as Taroko national park. (Though Taroko is more awesome owing to mable in my opinion.), on the way I found some pools possible to swim. Unfortunately, I didn't...I expected to find something on the later half way, but there were sign "swimming prohibited", the middle of trail is hiking on the base of river, somehow, there is no water in some place, even have some plants! Maybe last time this gorge were full of water was hundreds years ago.
Most of time in Crete I just walk around Rethymno or do nothing in Hostel - Rethymno hostel. I met a lot of nice ppl here, and staff are helpful &kind. Really good place to meet new friends! We also had a barbecue party, hostel staff cook a lot of amazing cuisine for everyone, I think they should open a restaurant rather than hostel...lol. Secret and delicious recipes are always fabulous~
Sun is becoming stronger these few days, looks like my trip in Turkey would be very hooooot!Hot weather always make me easy to feel tired. I hope it will not be too tough to me.