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The best villages and towns in Crete

Agios Nikolaos ● Chania ● Crete ● Heraklion ● Rethymnon ● Sfakia Chania ● 29 April 2017
 

Crete is the biggest island in Greece, an interesting place with significant archaeological sites, astonishing beaches and delicious cuisine. In addition to all these, Crete has also many wonderful traditional villages and towns to walk around, eat, relax and explore new things that will amaze you.

1. 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 port, the Archaeological Museum and the local shops are only some of the reasons to visit Chania. Chania (Old Town) is one of the best-preserved Old Towns in Greece and makes Chania a destination for all-seasons and not only summer.

Chania

2. Heraklion

Although Heraklion is not as well-preserved as Chania, it is a very interesting town, which offers its visitor many things to do and see. The vivid nightlife, the beautiful Old Fortress, the Archaeological Museum with findings of the Minoan Times and the archaeological sites of Knossos and Faistos nearby make Heraklion a town in Crete you should definitely visit.

Heraklion

3. Rethymnon

Rethymnon is a traditional Old Town, 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.

4. Sfakia

Sfakia Chania is among the most beautiful villages in Crete. Located in the prefecture of Chania, Sfakia Chania is an unspoiled, historical village, built between the White Mountains and Samaria Gorge. This authentic village, built on a slope and overlooking a beautiful bay, can offer you amazing cuisine, fish taverns, cafés and a beautiful beach for swimming.

Sfakia

5. Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is the capital town of Lassithi prefecture. It is a lovely seaside town that has kept its character, although it is a developing touristic resort. Neoclassical houses combined harmonically with modern buildings make Agios Nikolaos Crete a cosmopolitan port and an attractive town, from which you can make excursions to eastern Crete.

Agios Nikolaos

6. Anogeia

Anogeia is a picturesque village, located one hour drive from Rethymnon. It is a mountainous village that due to its secluded location, has kept a strong authentic Cretan character. Local customs, traditional costumes and the Cretan dialect can show you what Crete really is. Anogia has also a great musical tradition and is a major handicraft and cottage industry centre, where you can find many workshops open to the public.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chania, Greece Akasti Hotel
8.4 10
Akasti Hotel
Kalamaki, 73100 Chania, Greece

Akasti Hotel is located in Kalamaki, Chania, just a 5-minute walk from Kalamaki beach. Chania Town is approximately a 10-minute drive away. Souda Port is 13.8 km away while Chania International Airport is 19 km away.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Park Hotel
Park Hotel
19, Evrou Str., 71303 Heraklion, Greece

Park Hotel is located in Heraklion, close to Ammoudara Beach and only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Heraklion Port is 4.8 km away and Heraklion International Airport is 7.7 km away.

Hotel in Rethymno, Greece Ammoudi
Ammoudi
Lefkogia, Ammoudi, 74060 Rethymno, Greece

The family-run Ammoudi Hotel is located in a quiet area, only a 3-minute walk from beautiful, secluded Ammoudi Beach. The lively center of Rethymno town is at 30 km, while Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is 95 km away.


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