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Have any of you with MS been to Crete on holiday?

Hi everyone

Thanks again to all of you for your input on my last post.

I would now like any information or feedback you have about going on holiday to Crete.

Whenever we’ve been lucky enough to go abroad before, we have always gone to Mallorca or other Spanish isles where I’ve become confident to travel to, but never Greece. Want a change, but would feel happier knowing what like minded folk think of the place? Also what is the health care like (just incase)?

thanks for reading. Look forward to you replies.

All the best Equus

Hi there,

Have not been to Crete but went to Kefalonia last October. I have RRMS and on copaxone injections. No problems at all-although my MS is pretty stable. I had travel insurance just in case. English was spoken on the island and there were health centres. Crete I am guessing is larger and perhaps more modern than Kefalonia which was very traditional. I am sure you would be fine going there. Have you considered Cyprus? I love it there and feels quite englishy ie driving on same side, lots of ex pats but it has some beautiful beaches,resorts etc…

Have a great time where ever you choose.

Cathy

hiya

have sent you a pm

ellie

Hi

im also going to Crete this year in May I’m more worried about the fatigue I kept getting on and off, last year in Cyprus I felt unwell some of the time, which did spoil the holiday a bit. Hopefully this year will be better as we have a suite in a hotel with a pool, hopefully no looking for sunbeds etc. Can at last afford it now children don’t come with us anymore.

Can you sit in the sun, or does it effect your MS?

They are mostly English speaking, I’ve not had any experience with the Hospitals etc (touch wood I won’t either).

I know Tenerife has a nice clean hospital, as my son was admitted several years ago as his blood sugars were high(diabetic)

It appeared very empty and had private room.

Im sure you will have a great time is it just you going or are your family going ?

hi equus.

i haven’t been to crete (yet) but just to set the scene

read the book “the island” by victoria hislop.

it is about the island of spinalonga off crete.

​fascinating insight into how lepers were treated.

enjoy your time in the sun

carole x

hi equus.

i haven’t been to crete (yet) but just to set the scene

read the book “the island” by victoria hislop.

it is about the island of spinalonga off crete.

​fascinating insight into how lepers were treated.

enjoy your time in the sun

carole x

Was on mainland Greece last October - Halkida - NE of Athens - lovely people and spent a day in Athens, which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the ancient world - I was amazed at the Acropolis and seeing how alot of things began - theatre, athletics and debating etc. I’m sure the islands could be different but the language barrier is tough at times, “vino blanc or vino rouge” didn’t get us very far but Athens is better, language wise.

Hi to you all…

and thanks to everyone for your replies. They are very much appreciated. Wishing you all the best you can be!

take care Equus

Spent 2 weeks in Crete. Wonderful. Spent some time in Heraklion, visited Konossus (amazing but get there very early to avoid the tour buses), up in the mountains at a friends house , couple of days in Chania ( really lovely). Driving takes a bit of getting used to, esp on the very narrow mountain roads (hire a small car ). Food was wonderful, beaches stunning (again head to them early and get there before the masses arrive). We usually arrived early at the beach and left about lunchtime when it was really getting busy. Perfect time to hide in the shade. Language wasn’t a problem. Only medical issue we had was my son getting an ear infection. Found a doctor in nearest village and walked in. Need to pay for appt. pharmacies excellent and helpful. Beautiful island, excellent facilities and very friendly.