Review: Solos Holidays
Travel Service - Tour Operator/Travel Provider
High Street, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7EJ, United Kingdom
Crete - a 5-star review for a great Club Solos holiday
I have just returned from my first ever Solos holiday. I stayed at the Iraklis Apartments in Kato Gouvres Crete. The Iraklis Apartments are a family run business consisting of Mother, Father and twin sons. All of which were extremely warm and welcoming
The journey with Solos to Crete was well planned and on exiting the airport I found the Solos pick up point very easily. I boarded the transfer bus with 14 other solo travellers. As this was my first Solos trip I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect but knew immediately this trip was going to be fun as the other solo travellers were a good mixture of ages and personalities and we all made friends immediately.
On arriving at the Iraklis Apartments (which is approx. a 20 minute journey from the airport) we were met by our rep for the week Carol. Carol was a wealth of knowledge and knew everything about the island as well as the local bus times etc. She worked very hard ensuring we had a great stay, booking trips and arranging restaurant bookings. Carol accompanied us on some trips and was with us every evening for dinner and even into the early hours. The one thing I liked about Solos was you could join in with everything or if you wished you could spend time on your own. Nothing is forced or compulsory.
The apartments are very airy clean and functional with everything you could possibly need for your stay. This included a safe (which was free of charge).Air conditioning, (a must in the hot Cretin summer) as well as all the usual kitchen items. Fridge, kettle, toaster and small hob. The rooms had ample wardrobe space.
For a small fee the apartments will supply you with 6 bottles of water for 3.50 euros. This is very helpful as it saves you from having to carry them from the local supermarket especially when it’s very hot. The apartment also had balcony with a table and chairs. This was nice for drinking a nice glass of wine or eating outside if you wished.
I got to chill out in the apartment swimming pool with other Solos travellers I had met on the trip and even got in some sun bathing. There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool for everyone and even a couple of hammocks which were fun. I also fitted in some sightseeing. The island has many places to visit. The 3 most popular trips are Knossos Palace. Which was a Minoan Palace, located in in the city of Heraklion which was the seat of King Minos and is a very interesting archaeological find dating back over 2000 years. The Palace is connected legends of the Minotaur and the Myth of the Labyrinth. The entry fee to the Palace is 15 euros. For an extra 1 euro you can also have access to the museum which is in the town of Heraklion itself. The museum houses all the artefacts found from the palace and well worth a visit.Spinalonga Island is a short boat ride away and was once used as a fortress and in later times as a leper colony. You can see the ruins of where the lepers had to live and there is also a small cemetery where they were buried. Even though it has a sad history it is still quite a beautiful island to visit. Lastly, you can visit the Samaria Gorge (not for the faint hearted). You can hike through the gorge and marvel at the wonderful scenery and the villages on route. This trip is a 10km hike so walking boots are a necessity.
Personally, I loved the trip to Knossos Palace as I love history and looking around old ruins wondering who lived there before and how they lived.
There are many trips and places to visit on the island and if you’re brave enough can hire a car from one of the many car rental companies on the island.
Most evenings were spent eating and drinking both in the Iraklis Taverna and also various restaurants in the area. In all cases the food was delicious and I discovered something I had never had before a dish called Kleftiko which is a traditional Greek dish of Lamb cooked in parchment paper together with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. The lamb is cooked so slowly it just melts in your mouth and tastes unbelievable. Meals are always finished off with a complimentary Raki which I understand is a local alcohol. (Wow what a kick).
For anyone thinking of travelling alone I would highly recommend Solos as I found it to be one of the best holidays I have ever had. I not only had a great time I made a new group of friends.
This review is solely based on the opinion of a Silver Travel Advisor member and not of Silver Travel Advisor Ltd.
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