The wise traveller learns in advance what not to do when visiting certain parts of the world: for instance, showing the soles of your feet, sticking your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice or giving a thumbs-up.
I think you can add to that list of tourist taboos – going on a boozy night out in Crete and then parading with 16 friends in the early hours of the morning dressed as nuns in lingerie.
The Cretan police took a very dim view of the antics of the party of amateur soccer players, who were British (now who would have guessed?). They were accused of ‘scandal and misrepresentation of a costume or uniform’ and spent a night in the cells (still in their outfits). They described conditions inside as ‘horrendous’.
When they appeared in court, however, the prosecutors dropped the charges against them because no-one showed up to testify that they had been upset by the tourists’ conduct.
The men were arrested in the holiday resort of Malia, which has, over the past couple of years, become synonymous with young Britons behaving badly. It’s said to have been awarded the Greek island party crown previously held by rowdy resorts such as Faliraki in Rhodes and Kavos in Corfu.
by Andy Moreton
Check out Luxique’s range of luxury hotels in Crete – and if you’re looking for a relaxed and peaceful stay, you’ll be delighted to learn that none of them is in Malia.