We ended up in this little seaside village unexpectedly…
I don’t know if you remember, but in the last post I told you about the little situation we got ourselves into, which was : we missed our boat back ! We couldn’t pay our way out of Spinalonga island, and got stuck there for over an hour… we tried explaining this, but no other boat wanted to take us as there were some “safety measures” they needed to follow (???)
Finally someone with some sense told us, we could be waiting there for longer than that, because there was a storm coming, and they might be the last boat going back to shore for a while. They accepted us in, otherwise we could have stayed on leper island until who knows when ! Because yes, on top of everything else, as you can see on the pictures, the sky was moody and the clouds started being menacing.
So they took us to Plaka, as they were sailing there. They explained it wasn’t too far from Elounda, and we could probably catch a taxi from there to go back to our hotel. We replied “HAPPILY, GET US OUT OF HERE” 😂
It gave us the opportunity to visit this little village, it was really cute and the views on the island were quite breathtaking. We dried ourselves in a nice café, because yes, the rain caught to us while on the boat 😅 what a trip.
We explored a little outside the Venetian fortress, unto the cliffs…
The nature in Crete is incredible, see for yourselves : it makes you want to go on hikes, dive into little coves, sit silently and watch the moody clouds go past you. We love this place so much, we even missed our flight to Paris on purpose to stay longer 😂
Spinalonga was a fun day trip, I would definitely recommend. Just keep in mind that it’s small, there’s an entrance fee on top of the boat you paid. Also, if you miss your boat back (like we did) you’ll get stuck on the island until they send another one, which can feel forever : no other boat will board you because of dumb measures, so you can’t pay your way out.
I’ve divided the pictures I took on Spinalonga island in three parts, because it was a lot for one or two posts. Anyway, we took the boat from Elounda : we love that city ! They have amazing restaurants, the area is gorgeous, and a very chill and classy nightlife.
Plus there are a few boat trips from there, so that’s fun ! As you can tell it was very cloudy, but let me tell you that even when it rained it was warm. I didn’t notice anyone minding that, we even swam in those sumptuous waters with that crazy weather.
There’s a sensible winter coldness in the air, but you can already see spring making its way, with trees blooming white flowers. My favorite time of the year is almost there (or not, but it’s getting closer). Also I’m slowly but surely getting better, so now I can even go on nice walks in Paris. It’s tiring, but it makes me happy to get out. Next week, I’m gonna start sharing pictures from my vacation to Crete last summer. I’ve edited a bunch, so they’re ready to go 🤗
After Belgrade, we drove to the city of Vrnjacka Banja, which is famous for their spas; the water there is amazing.
We spent the first nights at the Hotel Fontana. They have a marvelous spa area, and great massages. But then we switched for the Hotel Tonanti, which is a five stars hotel complex, and our stay there was superb. The pool area was definitively my fave.
Before coming to this place for a relaxing time, we stopped at the city of Grocka to eat on a splav : it’s a restaurant on a boat. It’s traditional to do so. We had seafood and grilled veggies.