I’ll never forget it…..
After spending the morning trekking the gorgeous southern coastline of Crete, we stopped in the bay of Marmara to snorkel and swim in the marble colored beach caves. I was mesmerized by these natural wonders and spent my entire free time treading in the crystal clear waters.
After trekking over 25km the past 3 days, I opted to jump on the boat taxi for the short 10 min jaunt to our next lodging. Ilana and I got whisked away to an unspoiled hidden bay. As we cornered a small lighthouse, a quaint white village carved into the cliffside came into view. This was our home for the next 2 days!
We were bounding with excitement to go explore the town of Loutro’s cobblestone streets, as well as being swept off our feet at this unknown paradise. It was definitely a “pinch me” moment that we won’t soon forget. And the only traffic came in via trekking or boat, so again we counted our blessings in getting to enjoy this seaside gem without the threat of big crowds.
Anything goes (including bathing suits), and we did it all. We climbed to the cliffside bar overlooking the aqua blue waters of the quiet bay, sunbathed amongst only a few other curious visitors, steered kayaks along the coastline, dined in a traditional family restaurant, shopped the local markets and enjoyed every last second.
My highlight was snorkeling and swimming over a mile in and around the bay. While the sea life was almost non existent to the naked eye, I was enthralled with the jagged rock edges and couldn’t get enough. The water is extra salty and buoyant, so I felt like I could swim for days on end.
Our time came and went in a flash, and we were off to our next stunning location – Sweetwater Beach!