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Crete has undeniably to offer magic summer memories. If you want to learn more below you can discover 6+1 reasons to include Crete at your Visited Destinations Map.
Crete due to its key strategic position has been a crossover of people and civilisations, a target of conquerors and an important centre for Minoans, Mycenaeans, Ottomans, Arabs and Venetians who left an important cultural legacy behind. Discover Minoan Palace of Knossos, Festos, Mailos and Zakros. Take a tour at the archeological sites of Gortyna, Eleftherna, Lissos, Aptera, Falasarna and Spinaloga. Take a walk at the Venetian harbour of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion.
The huge coastline of the island hosts countless beaches, the majority of which are sandy. In Chania area some of the most distinctive are Balos, Falasarna and Elafonisi. At Heraklion there is Amnisos, Agia Pelagia, Kali Limenes, Malia, Amoudara and Historical Matala. If you go to Rethymno don’t miss visiting the special beaches of Triopetra, Agios Paulos, Ligres and Preveli.
The combination of Venetian and Ottoman elements make Chania ’s and Rethymno’s old towns so charming, while capturing the glory of the past. Wander in the alleys, have a greek coffee in ember at the traditional cafes and taste the Mediterranean Cuisine at the small taverns and open yourself to the magical moments of the life on the island.
Crete is composed by a variety of landscapes, that’s why its the ideal destination for nature lovers. Caves from prehistorical times, gorges, fertile plateaus, rare cedar forests compose the greatness of Cretan Nature. Psiloritis natural park and the well known caves: Ideon and Adron, Melidoni, Sfendoni , Samaria Gorge, Prevelis Palm Forest and the Lake of Kournas and Preveli are only some of the beautys that the island has to offer.
Gavdos the southern point of Europe with the heavenly beaches of Sarakiniko, Ai Gianis, Pyrgos, Potamos and Tripiti the cedar forests and the small paths are there for you to discover and have an unforgettable travelling experience. The island of Chrysi is also impressive with turquoise waters, white sand and countless seashells.
If you are a hiking lover then Crete is the perfect place for you. The E4 European walking Path in Crete is approximately 500 km. It begins at Kastelli-Kissamos in the west and ends at Kato Zakros in the east. There is a choice between an alpine section and a coastal section. Whatever you may choose the beautiful scenery will be breathtaking.
Mostly high altitude settlements where folkways and traditions are maintained unchanged until today and where you can get familiar with the authentic cretan culture. Archanes, Zaros, Vamos, Chora Sfakion, Anogeia, Aksos and Margarines… This is where the pure heart of the island beats.