General information - deutsche Version
important phone numbers
Police emergency number: 100
Fire department: 199
Coast guard: 108
ELPA_breakdown service: 104
Banks: Mon-Thu: 8 am - 2 pm, closed Saturday and Sunday
There are ATMs in Mires and Matala. You can withdraw from there with your EC card or credit card.
Post: Mon - Fri: 8 am-2 pm
Smaller shops close for lunch between 1pm and 5pm and usually open until 9pm. Larger stores, such as Lidl, are open continuously until 9pm.
Most places have free wifi.
Drinking water comes from the mountains and is therefore actually of good quality, but the pipes are often so outdated that we do not recommend drinking tap water directly from the faucet. However, it is safe for cooking and washing.
There are now 3 airports on Crete. Chania, Heraklion and Sitia. For the south the airport of the capital Iraklio is best. The trip will take you (new road/2019) about 50 minutes. Cabs costs about 70 €, so it is worth to take a rental car (from 20 €/day). Therefor we can give you tips on the best and cheapest car rentals.
In our experience, the best flight search engine is http://swoodoo.com.
There is now a pharmacy in every village. The medications might have a different name. If you know the ingredients, however, you can usually get the product you want (usually much cheaper than in other countries).
There are doctors and a small hospital for emergencies in Mires. For more serious illnesses, the hospitals in Heraklion are responsible. EU-health-card will be accepted.
You do not need any special vaccinations for Greece. Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations are only recommended.