Holidays in Crete, Greece

Crete is undoubtedly one the most stunning Islands in Greece, It is the hub of the most breathtaking must-visit tourist attractions, awesome beaches and mountains, and is scattered with picturesque resorts, towns and villages. With tons of seaside resorts, villas and hotels overlooking the sea, superbly hospitable locals, and great weather through the summer months, Crete is a place you can count on for your summer annual leave.

Where is Crete?

Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece, with an approximate population of 600,000 people. It is situated in the southern part of the Aegean Sea, separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea. Crete is secluded from mainland Europe, Asia, and Africa, and this is mirrored in the diversity of the fauna and flora.

with a capital city of Heraklion, Crete is divided into four regional units from west to east. These include: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lasithi. Other cities in Crete are Lerapetra, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia. The island also has three important airports including, Nikos Kazantzakis at Heraklion, Daskalogiannis airport at Chania, and a much smaller one in Sitia. 

What are some of the main tourist attractions in Crete?

Cretan historic archeological sites, centuries-old harbor towns, and resorts attract visitors, from all over the world. Some of the main tourist attractions are:

Heraklion archeological museum

Located in the centre of Heraklion City, it features a magnificent collection of archeological novelties, and a variety of treasures from the Minoan Civilization, from all over Crete. You will also find prehistoric, Bronze Age, Roman, and Hellenic treasures in this impressive museum.

Chania

Chania is a city that will simply leave you overwhelmed, from its beatific galleries, shops, beaches, art and culture, to its maze of cobbled streets filled with museums. It features nightlife activities such as the Avalon Metal Bar, Sunset views and safe as Milk Bar. If you have good taste, you will definitely appreciate Chania cuisine such as a Mezze dinner, Harbour front seafood dinning and Cretan brandy.

Rethymnon

From Rethymnon, you can visit nearby attractions like the Samaria George and Mount Psiloritis. From the mountains behind Rethymnon, you can view some excellent agritourism centers and quaint villages.

Palm beach

The beach is characterized by blue sun beds, and unique straw umbrellas. Major water facilities and a café can be found on the beach. You can also visit the generous resort of Ayios Nikolas, which is 96km away on the north coast

The regions and resorts of Crete

If you are looking for the best luxury resorts on the island of Crete, then you should consider visiting the following places:

Facts and stats

  • Heraklion is its capital and largest city.
  • Cretan Island lies approximately 160 km (99 mi) south of the Greek mainland.
  • Crete is the 88th largest Island worldwide, as well as the 5th largest Island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Cyprus, Sardinia, and Corsica.
  • Crete has witnessed a number of wars and battles such as, Arab Byzantine wars, Cretan war (1645 -69 and 205 -200BC), Greco-Turkish war, revolt of Saint Titus, and the kidnap of Heinrich Kreipe.
  • In contrast to other Greecian Islands, there are no dangerous animals on the Island of Crete.
  • Crete is characterized by mountains such as the White Mountains or Lefka Ori, Thripti, the Idi Range, Kedros, and Dikti Mountains

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