3 Days in Crete, Greece Itinerary

Island hopping Greece? I gotcha, but with the off beaten path and the NO BS VERSION of course!

Crete, Greece wasn't exactly on my travel bucket list, but I'm glad I colored outside the lines and made a stop in Crete anyway! Crete is not as popular as some of the other islands in Greece like Mykonos and Santorini, but it is definitely worth a few days on your Greece itinerary so let's get into my no "bullsh*t recommendations and reviews on Crete, Greece!

The Real Details: Greece was not apart of the plan, but once the weather in Ukraine started to force me into snug sweaters and sweat pants a spontaneous trip to Greece didn't sound too bad. I mean, Greece is one of the sunniest places in the world! I wasted no time in trying to prematurely book my accommodations, flights, and transportation for a Greek Island hopping adventure. It wasn't long into my research that I found out Greek in early September is expensive! $200+ per night for average accommodation, $60+ ferry transports, and $100+ excursions was NOT apart of the plan so we're going to do Greece, but ... on a budget. First stop, Crete!

Duration: 3 days

Time Period: September

Budget: $280

Type of Accommodation: Hostel

Normally I'm not a hostel kind of traveler, but because my trip was spontaneous and I was aiming for a budget trip I went with hostel living. I lived in two different hostels in Heraklion. Initially I booked a hostel in Chania, but after a night of too much raki, a traditional Greek alcohol, I opted out of the 3 hour bus ride from Heraklion to Chania.

Intra Muros Boutique Hostel

Price: $24 USD per night

Booking.com Rating: 8.7

My Rating: 7.1 Location: 9 Cleanliness: 8 Vibe: 8 Noise: 5 Facilities: 8 Staff: 7 Wifi: 5

Review: Intra Muros did the job! My favorite things about this hostel? It's perfectly located in a quiet area, but only about a five minute walk from the city center with easy access to Lions Square, Heraklion port, Heraklion bus station, Knossos Palace, Heraklion Archeological Museum, and tons of restaurant, cafe, and bar options. Personally a clean bathroom and bed area is at the top of my non negotiable list. I found the hostel to be clean and frequently saw someone cleaning the bathrooms and the common areas. Don't we just love a clean hostel?! It was also equipped with pretty much everything you'd need during your stay; kitchen, work space, towels, safe locks, a rooftop, and some extra goodies! Speaking of the rooftop reminds me of the vibe of the place. One of the perks of staying at a hostel is meeting cool people, nice conversations over drinks, laughs, and maybe even some long term friends from all over the world. Yep, Intra Muros attracted these kind of peeps. Drunk UNO, finding a Crete bestie in Lio from Paris and adventuring through Crete as if we'd traveled there together, kicking ass in chess, listening to music and singing on the rooftop, having dinner with Ewelina from Poland, and the list goes on. And as you can imagine, with that kind of vibe, comes some noise. You couldn't have thought that with all of that activity meant a quiet night for you to get a noise free sleep. Nope, it's pretty noisy through the night as people enjoy their stop in Heraklion!

So Young Hostel

Price: $23 USD per night

Booking.com Rating: 9

My Rating: 8.5 Location: 10 Cleanliness: 9 Vibe: 8 Noise: 9 Facilities: 9 Staff: 8 Wifi: 7

Review: Modern decor, beautiful touches of detail, centrally located, fast wifi, and mellow vibes! I booked So Young on the whim after missing my ferry to Santorini. Long story about the missed ferry, but short story about So Young. Loved it. It was exactly what I needed after a crazy morning; quiet, multiple work areas, a super cute rooftop with a bar, and a pretty posh crowd. Oh, and yes, the bathrooms were SUPER clean, whew!

Based on the things that I did in Crete, here's what I can recommend for you .. or not!

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Quad Adventure Review

I had already planned to rent a scooter and drive around the island for a real solo adventure, but forget the scooter, the quad was much more of a thrill. After meeting a new friend at Intra Muros who was down to split the cost of the quad and cruise through the