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Details: Crete

Sunday, April 11, 2010; F05

GETTING THERE

Beach season in Crete begins in June. Lufthansa, KLM and British Airways have one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Athens, with fares starting at $928. Flights on Olympic Air or Aegean from Athens to Hania, Crete, start at about $90 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Plakures

Kissamos, 011-30-28220-41581

http://www.plakures.de

Double rooms start at about $110 per night.

WHERE TO EAT

Spilios Taverna

http://www.taverna-spilios.gr

Everything is made from scratch and generously portioned. Try the earthy moussaka and the boureki, a dish of layered potatoes, zucchini and local cheese. Dinner for two is about $30.

WHAT TO DO

Gramvousa Balos Cruises

Port of Kissamos, Hania, 011-30-28220-24344

http://www.gramvousa.com

About $27 per person for a 7 1/2 -hour cruise (though we were able to negotiate the price down to about $13).

INFORMATION

http://www.visitgreece.gr

http://www.explorecrete.com

-- J.B.

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