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5 Amazing Places You Must See in Crete

Chania ● Crete ● Heraklion ● Lassithi ● Rethymnon ● 09 September 2017
 

It is really difficult to choose only 5 places to recommend in Crete. Crete is a large island, which offers its visitors numerous things to do, stunning beaches, significant archaeological sites and wonderful traditional villages and towns. To see Crete, understand its special character and explore many of its hidden gems, you need minimum one month. However, we know that only a few people have a month to spend in their vacations. So, we have chosen the top 5 places you should definitely not miss in Crete. You can begin with them, have an overall view of what to expect in Crete, and then, if you have more time, discover this astonishing island. Book your accommodation in Crete and get ready for unforgettable vacations!

The palm tree forest of Vai

94 km from Agios Nikolaos, lies the beach of Vai, a shore you won't believe that it is in Greece. Surrounded by the largest palm tree forest in Europe, with 5,000 palm trees, Vai Beach is a beach that reminds of the exotic shores of Africa, Asia and Caribe. White sand, crystal waters and the warm sun make you believe that you have found the heaven on earth.

Palm Forest of Vai

Balos Lagoon

Located on the north western side of Crete, in the prefecture of Chania, Balos amazes its visitors at first sight. White sand, turquoise waters and the feeling that you are swimming in a lagoon make this place an internationally awarded beach. You can reach Balos by boat from Kissamos.

Balos Lagoon

Chania

Chania is a town with long history, and its archaeological and historical identity is visible in every corner of the city. The mosque, which dominates the scenery of Chania Old Town, the picturesque Venetian port, the Archaeological Museum and the local shops are only some of the reasons to visit Chania. Chania is one of the best-preserved Old Towns in Greece and makes Chania a destination for all-seasons and not only summer.

Chania

Rethymnon

Rethymnon is the other traditional Old Town of Crete, which will impress you with its Venetian Fortress, called Fortezza, the old churches, the elegant mansions and the stunning port. Rethymnon combines the aristocratic atmosphere with the modern aspect that captivates every visitor.

Rethymnon

Archaeological site of Knossos

In Knossos, you will explore the Palace of Knossos that is a magnificent testament of the Minoan Civilisation. The most brilliant centre of Minoan Times is a perfect opportunity to learn the history of Crete from the beginning and see also traces of the Neolithic settlement that dates back to 6,000 B.C. Just 5 km from Heraklion, Knossos will impress you with its significance for the Greek and the European history as well as its well preserved sites. 

Knossos

Where to Stay

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village
11th km of old road Heraklion-Rethimnon, Tílisos, 71500 Heraklion, Greece

The Arolithos Traditional Village Hotel is located in a complex of buildings representing traditional Cretan village 12 km away from Heraklion. The distance from the Nikos Kazantzakis airport in Heraklion is 15 km. The distance from the beach is 5 km.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Castello City Hotel
9.5 10
Castello City Hotel
1, 62 Martyron Avenue, Heraklio Town, 71304 Heraklion, Greece

Castello City Hotel is located close to the center of the Heraklion town, the ancient Pantokrator Gate and near bus and taxi stations. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2,5 km and Nikos Kazantzakis airport is at 6 km. Castello City Hotel is just a short walk from Heraklion beach.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Olympic Hotel
Olympic Hotel
43, Kornarou Square, Heraklion Town, 71201 Heraklion, Greece

Being located on well known Kornarou Square in the very heart of Heraklion, Hotel Olympic offers year-round accommodation within walking distance to all the sights and the center of the lively and bustling city of Heraklion. The distance from the main port of Heraklion is 2 km, while the international airport Nikos Kazantzakis is at 5 km.


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