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Where is Crete?
Let’s start from the basics!
Crete, the biggest island in Greece and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, is located on the south part of the Aegean sea, in Greece. Famous for its history and wild natural landscape, Crete welcomes every year thousands of visitors from all over the world to introduce them into its magic!
How to get to Crete?
Getting to Crete is pretty easy!
To start with, there are two ways to reach the island: by ferry to Crete and by airplane. Both ferry itineraries and flights are more frequent during the touristic season, from April to October.
Regarding ferries, the most popular ferry routes are from Athens to Chania, from Athens to Heraklion and from Athens to Rethymno. A ferry trip to Crete lasts for 6-10 hours, depending on the type of ferry you’re traveling with.
As for flights to Crete, there are both domestic and international flights to Crete from many countries, such as Netherlands, USA, Norway, UK, and Italy.
What’s the best season for Crete holidays?
The surprising thing about Crete is that although it is an island, it is a great holidays destination all year round, thanks to its moderate temperatures and a great variety of landscapes! If you want to visit the famous beaches of Crete, your best bet is to travel between June and September, when the weather is warm enough for dips into the sea. If you want to explore the island’s verdant nature, breathtaking gorges, and quaint villages, then spring and autumn are the best seasons for more laid-back Crete holidays.
Where to stay in Crete?
When it comes to Crete accommodation, there is a great variety of towns, seaside villages and traditional settlements to stay. From cosmopolitan seaside resorts, such as Elounda and traditional villages, such as Sfakia, to towns with rich culture, such as Chania, there are many options!
Located on the western side of the island, Chania is one of the most beautiful towns in Crete! Strongly influenced by the Venetians and the Turkish, Chania town boasts a beautiful mix of architectures. There are many Chania hotels in the town, but your best bet is to book your accommodation in a nearby village, such as Paleochora Chania, Platanias, and Agia Marina.
Heraklion Crete is one of the most popular regions in Crete and home to the worldwide famous Knossos Palace. You’ll find the most luxurious hotels in Heraklion in Amoudara, Hersonissos, and Gouves. But, if you love seclusion, consider Matala for your stay.
Rethymno, which is located between Heraklion and Chania, is the third largest town of the island. Perfect for romantic getaways, Rethymno has managed to keep its traditional charm in spite of the touristic development. The best seaside resorts for your accommodation in Rethymnon are Adelianos, Bali, and Kampos.
What are the best beaches in Crete?
Crete beaches are worldwide famous for their seductive beauty!
Breathtaking wild natural settings, turquoise waters, pink and white sand are some of the standouts of Crete beaches.
Balos is, hands down, the most exotic beach in Crete! Chances are you’ve already seen pictures of this incredibly photogenic Caribbean-like beach, with turquoise waters and fine white sand. Other top beaches in Crete are Elafonisi, a sandy paradise in Chania, Falassarna beach in Chania and Matala beach in Heraklion.
What are the best things to do in Crete?
When it comes to things to do in Crete, there is a wide range of activities for all types of travelers! If you are a nature lover, then Crete has a lot to offer in terms of nature exploration, such as breathtaking gorges, quaint little villages and nature reserves. If, on the other hand, you are a history buff, then you’ll find your paradise in monuments, such as Knossos Palace, Phaistos palace, and Spinalonga islet!
The truth is, that there’s more in Crete than anything you may have seen or read!
The best way to get to know this incredible island is to explore it yourself, through its picturesque towns, little villages, exotic beaches, and verdant nature.
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