The weather was fantastic for the first few days, then we had about 4 cloudy days, not really able sunbathe then, but no one can control the weather. It was still very hot, at least we weren't in England
where it was about 14 degrees, we were having between 22 and 26 degrees. On our 7th day had a really long and quite spectacular thunderstorm which cleared the air.
Great, took our 2 daughters with us this time, this is the 4th time we have been to Crete and the first time we have stayed in a hotel, usually go self catering. Went with First Choice and stayed at the Grand in Hersonissos
. It is built on a hillside, our appts were not too far up, but we knew of the layout before we went. The hotel was clean and the staff very efficient. Our only bugbear was the food, they have a buffet setup. We went half board, so had breakfast and dinner. There is masses of food, can eat as much as you want, but after a few days it became very samey. Drinks in the hotel are expensive, but there is a fridge in every appt, so you can bring in your own to drink at your own leisure, but if you eat at the restaurant or at the snack bar you can only drink what you buy. Don't expect tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms cos there are none. Hersonissos is about a 25 min walk away and Stalis
15 mins, preferred Stalis. We spent most of our evenings in the Hotel, that was our choice, but we did walk down to Stalis some evenings for a change of food. We only did one of the activities First Choice offered and that was the Horse Riding evening. It was great fun and I recommend it to everyone. I'm 58 and if I can get on a horse(had to have a lift up though) anyone able can. We went up into mountains just outside of Heraklion
(take a jumper, cold up there)the horses just walk, don't expect a gallop. After we went back to Gregory's place for a fab outdoor feast, with lots of wine and Raki. Had a car for a week, fine but don't attempt to drive into Heraklion it is mad and the Cretan drivers, mental, take the bus. Usually go to Chania
province when we go to Crete, will go back there again as I did prefer it there, but I do love Crete and the people are very friendly.