Our hotel, and the view from our balcony.
We drove around the northern coast, there were mountain goats along the sides of the roads and we went to the most beautiful blue lagoon- Gramvoosa. We ended up blowing both back tires of our Fiat on the very rocky and pretty scary road to get there. And there are no guard rails on the crazy winding roads. We ended up switching up the car the following day for a new one and were fine. We kept driving towards our destination- Milia.
Milia is an organic self-sustaining retreat nestled in the mountains. It's a restored group of traditional buildings that was originally built as a hiding spot ages ago and after being left to crumble, was restored in the 1980s. All the photos of our room are blurry, but it gives you the idea. and this was actually the key! All of the food is grown organically (on the side of the mountain) and made in their kitchen. It was literally the best food I have had my entire life. It was so dark and quiet at night. We hiked and relaxed all day. At this point we didn't know what we still had ahead of us so we only stayed two nights, but this is one of the most incredible places ever, and we wish we had stayed just a little bit longer.
Along our route down the western coast we stopped for some amazing food- the vegetables were so fresh there and this is how much feta they give you with your Greek salad. no kidding. a plate full. We saw lots of olive trees. They catch the fallen olives with nets. We also saw the second oldest tree in the world. It was huge.
We visited a town with a fully rocked beach. The sound of the rocks clicking against one another as the tide went out was beautiful.
We stayed at other nice places, but to keep this from getting too long, I will move onto the one of the most peaceful places we have ever been- Loutro. The southern coast of western crete is very mountainous and therefore you have to take a ferry from town to town. One of the places we had researched prior to going, and knew that we wanted to stay for a while, was Loutro- a very small fisherman town that had no roads and could only be accessed by boat or foot.
All the buildings were white with blue shutters and the rooftops were filled with solar panels. You watched the restaurant owners fish all day and went to eat there at night. It was a quiet place, with lots of reading, afternoon naps, and drinks and chess in the evenings. We stayed here the longest- five days. And this photo below was taken while lying in our bed. You could hear the bells of the mountain goats while they ran down the hill in the morning for their feed. Such a nice sound. I would go back in a heartbeat and if you ever get the chance to go, take it. It's one of the most beautiful and spiritual places we have ever been.