Explore the Greek Island of Crete
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and it offers visitors a rich blend of history, culture and natural beauty. Here are some epic experiences in Crete:
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1.Discover the ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM @ Heraklion
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art. It contains by far the most important and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
2. Relax on the gorgeous BEACHES
Crete is famous for its beautiful beaches, and there are plenty to choose from, whether you're looking for a secluded cove or a lively resort. Some of the most popular beaches include Balos, Elafonisi, Falassarna and Vai.
3. Taste delicious FOOD
Crete's cuisine is renowned for its fresh ingredients, bold flavours, and healthy Mediterranean diet. Some of the must-try dishes include dakos, a traditional Cretan salad, kalitsounia, a savory cheese pie, and octopus.
4. Visit the MINOAN PALACE OF KNOSSOS
The palace of Knossos, the most important centre of the Minoan civilisation, is located in the Regional Unit of Heraklion. It stands on the “tou Tselebi i Kephala” hill, west of the River Kairatos, and covers an area of approximately 20,000 sq.m. Originally uncovered by Minos Kalokairinos in 1878, the palace was excavated by Sir Arthur Evans in the first three decades of the 20th century, and is still being investigated by the British School of Archaeology today.
5. Experience the NATURAL BEAUTY
Crete is home to some of the most stunning natural scenery in Greece, including the crystal-clear waters of the Libyan Sea, Psychro Cave and the rugged White Mountains.
6. Wander around CHANIA & RETHYMNO
The Venetian Harbour in Chania is a picturesque port that dates back to the 14th century. It is lined with cafes, taverns, and shops, and it is a great place to enjoy the local cuisine and watch the sunset.
Rethymno located on the north coast of the island. In the old town, the Venetian Harbor is filled with fishing boats and lined with tavernas. Rethymno Lighthouse was built in the 1830s.
7. Hike SAMARIA GORGE
The Samaria Gorge is the one of longest and most beautiful gorges in Europe. It is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers, and the trail offers stunning views of the island's rugged terrain and diverse wildlife.
8. Explore traditional VILLAGES
Crete is dotted with small villages that offer a glimpse into the island's rural lifestyle and traditions. Some of the most picturesque villages include Archanes, Kritsa and Loutro.
WHEN TO GO: The best time to visit Crete is from mid-May to June or from September to October.
HOW TO GET THERE: By plane or ferry that departs from the Piraeus port in Athens. Especially during the summer, there are daily departures to Chania, Heraklion, and Rethymno.
HOW TO GET AROUND: Public busses or car.
SLEEP @ AGAPI BEACH RESORT
Listen to the rhythm of cicadas; open up to the splendid Cretan sun and the warm feeling of coming back to a resort where you can rediscover the warmth of carefree childhood summers! Discover the heartfelt stories of Crete from a fresh new perspective; stories that urge your heart to create your own.
SLEEP @ AIRIS BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SUITES
Airis Boutique Hotel & Suites is a 4 star Boutique Hotel in Agioi Apostoloi, just a few steps away from the pristine waters of Cretan sea and within a short drive from the iconic, romantic town of Chania.
SLEEP @ ALOE BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SUITES
Aloe Boutique Hotel & Suites is a modern 5-star hotel located in the picturesque village of Almyrida, Apokoronas, just a few steps from the sandy beach of Almyrida and only 25 km away from one of the top tourist destinations in Greece – Chania, Crete.
SLEEP @ MARIA BEACH HOTEL
Maria Beach Hotel is located on a lovely sandy beach, in the middle of the enchanting bay of Kissamos, 40km west of Chania Town. The combination of the Cretan mountains, the local vegetation and the magnificent blue color and the golden sand of the sea create an idyllic environment that exudes serenity and tranquility.
EAT @ ELIA
Elia restaurant serves delicious modern Cretan cuisine in on one of the very best spots of Malia Town, directly next to the beach.
EAT @ KAPILIO
Kapilio is located in a beautiful street in the heart of the old town. Surrounded by typical old town buildings, colorful flowers and plants. This beautiful environment, combined with good food and friendly service is the best recipe for an unforgettable dinner experience in Rethymnon.
Beautiful, elegant restaurant built on the old wall of Kastelli in the wonderful, picturesque Venetian port of Chania. Founded in 1993, it enjoys an excellent reputation for top quality food and service with an impressive menu created and served with competence and talent.
PLAY @ ALTERNATIVE CRETE
Outdoor and mountain activities is their big love. Combined with the joy of sharing their knowledge of the Cretan landscape and experiences from the Cretan mountains, made them want to create Alternative Crete.
PLAY @ CRETE WANDERER
Welcome to CreteWanderer, where they provide personalized and unparalleled tours of the stunning island of Crete.
PLAY @ CRETE WINE ESCAPES
Travel through sun-kissed Crete with Crete Wine Escapes' exclusive themed tours.
PLAY @ SEAZE THE DAY
Book a private daily or multiday boat tour from Chania to Santorini, Milos and the surrounding islands.
PLAY @ YOUR GUIDE CRETE
Your Guide Crete is a tour operator for outdoor activities for hiking, trekking, rock climbing and all sorts of outdoor adventures and sightseeing in Chania , Rethymnon and Heraklion.