The Tiny Book

The Tiny Book is your one-stop travel blog to plan the perfect holiday in Crete and the rest of Greece.
The Tiny Book focuses on travel on the Greek island of Crete, so that’s the biggest section of the blog.
There, you will find the best and most thorough articles & guides to help you plan a visit to Crete.

WELCOME…

I’m Gabi Ancarola, journalist and travel writer. I’ve worked with Greek Reporter, Huffington Post, Greek TV, and other media bringing readers closer to their dream vacation in Greece. I moved to Crete about 5 years ago where I spend most of my time exploring this stunning island.

It’s my pleasure and my mission to share with you all my insider tips and ideas to plan your Crete escape, promoting local, authentic experiences and slow, independent travel on the island.

What sets me apart…

As a permanent resident, I bring an insider’s approach through the eyes of a foreigner. Writing accurate, useful, and super thorough travel guides is my real passion.

If you also enjoy adventures, the adrenaline of driving unknown roads, or if you adore heavenly beaches, then you’re at the right place. Here, you’ll find the best travel guides about Crete…

Are you ready? Let’s go!

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Best Travel Blog – Greece 2022.

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THE BEST BEACHES IN CRETE

You asked for it and I wrote it for you!

During the years I’ve spent writing about Crete, I’ve published several guides to the unique beaches on the island, often grouped by region or by type.

Now, you can have them all together on your phone, at hand whenever you visit the island!

More than 120 beaches with important details, including photos, GPS coordinates, directions, and a lot more. 

Bonus: A guide to the best scuba diving spots and a list of the best beach bars on the island!

 

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Check these practical guides to help you plan the best time on the island!

All my Crete Practical Guides to plan the perfect vacation!
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Insanely Practical Tips to Plan a Trip to Crete (Without Going Crazy!)
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All the Best Beaches in Crete That You Cannot Miss!
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My favorite places in Crete

This is the most important area in the blog. Since I moved to the island, most of my articles focus on Crete and all the things you can do, the best places to visit, and the best areas to stay.
You can find all my articles about Crete or check the most popular posts about Crete.

 

Crete Travel Blog

CHANIA OLD TOWN

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CHANIA REGION

Everything about Loutro, Crete

LOUTRO

Rethymnon at Night

RETHYMNON

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AGIOS NIKOLAOS

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HERAKLION

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Are you getting ready for Crete?

… Are you planning your next escape to Crete? Then you’re in the right place to be! In this blog you will find all the info you need to plan the perfect holiday to the island.

Overwhelmed about the planning and don’t know where to begin? Start by heading to this 50 Things to Do in Crete article. It is a super helpful resource to plan your trip, knowing exactly what to do region by region!

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Featured locations in Crete

These are some of the most popular areas on Crete island, places everyone wants to visit and which you should definitely see too when exploring Crete!

 

Balos Beach, Crete, winter landscape

BALOS BEACH & LAGOON

Knossos Palace, Crete

KNOSSOS PALACE

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ELAFONISI BEACH

Hidden spots in Crete

Crete Travel Blog

GAVDOS ISLAND

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LASITHI PLATEAU

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CHRISSI ISLAND

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Explore Greece

Head to this section to discover the best things to do in Greece, travel guides divided by destinations, activities, and great places to see.
These are the most popular articles about Greece.

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BEST PLACES TO VISIT

BEST PLACES IN GREECE FOR KIDS

KID-FRIENDLY GREECE

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SCUBA DIVING IN GREECE

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Explore Santorini

One of the islands I’ve explored the most is Santorini, a magnificent and super romantic destination, and a must-see place
in Greece. In this section, you will find all my Santorini articles.

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THINGS TO DO IN SANTORINI

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ONE DAY IN SANTORINI

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SANTORINI TRAVEL GUIDE

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EXPLORE MYKONOS

Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, visited by hundreds of tourists year after year. Here are my most
popular (and most shared!) articles about Mykonos!

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FIRST-TIMERS GUIDE

How to travel to Mykonos, Greece

HOW TO GET TO MYKONOS

GREECE - MYKONOS - LITTLE VENICE AT SUNSET

MYKONOS WITH KIDS

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EXPLORE THASSOS

Discover all the amazing things you can do in Thassos, a beautiful and diverse island located in the Northern Aegean Sea. These are some of the most useful posts about Thassos Island.

Thassos Island, Greece

BEST REASONS TO VISIT THASSOS

Thassos Marble beach

BEST THINGS TO DO IN THASSOS

Best beaches in Thassos

BEST BEACHES IN THASSOS

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More destinations in greece

Crete Travel Blog

ATHENS

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CORFU

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NAXOS

PAROS, PAROIKIA

PAROS

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SIFNOS

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ANTIPAROS

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PATMOS

Crete Travel Blog

AEGINA

Greek landscape, houses on a hill, boats - Hyra island port

HYDRA

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LIPSI

Paxos Island, Greece

PAXOI

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ISLANDS NEAR CRETE

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LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY?

Dozens of travelers, just like you, have found here the perfect hotels and rental homes to stay in Greece. In these sections,
you can find accommodation guides, hotel reviews, and the best homes to rent for your vacation.

Feel at home in Greece!

Crete Travel Blog

RENTAL HOMES & AIRBNBS

Crete Travel Blog

HOTELS & RESORTS

More Resources to Discover Greece

Crete Travel Blog

WHAT TO PACK TO VISIT GREECE

Balos - Crete travel tips

FACEBOOK PRIVATE GROUP

READING A BOOK AT THE BEACH

BOOKS TO VISIT GREECE

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