Crete is the largest Greek island located at the very south of the Aegean Sea – in fact, this is the southernmost point of Greece. What makes her so unique is its terrain which varies from rocky mountains to sandy beaches.
Its capital and largest city is Heraklion, a city that holds centuries old history and culture and is at the same time the center of vibrant nightlife. Being the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean, Crete has to offer various gorgeous destinations for summer holiday such as Chania, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos and Rethymno. All of them are waiting for you to explore them and see why this island is on the list of ‘’must visit’’ destinations in Greece!
Things to do
When imagining vacation on an island the first thing that pops up on our mind is sipping Mai Tai on a hammock under a palm tree shade. Planning of activities to do in summer destinations such as Crete doesn’t usually go further than exploring different beaches every day. However, Crete has so much more to offer! Glimpse of the rich history at interesting archaeological sites in Malia, Knossos and Phaistos. Along with impressive Byzantine castles of Heraklion, Chania and Rethymno. For everyone with adventurous spirit there are many exciting activities such as gorge hiking, driving 4×4 on off road tracks or simply engaging in water sport activities. Our recommendation is to enjoy the islands treasures while visiting incredible local wineries and tasting traditional Cretan dishes.
Things to see
One of the most popular and breathtaking spots on the island is Elafonisi Beach, unique for its pink sand. The beach is located near Chania and is accessible by boat or car. The postcard scenery of turquoise water and pink sand will certainly leave you speechless. After spending the whole day on the beach, hit the local tavern and enjoy many delicious island specialties.
Another highly popular and undoubtedly stunning beach on the island is Balos. Also located near Chania this beach gives the feeling of tropical destination with soft white sand and bright blue waters. The unique shape and wild natural beauty give Balos exquisite landscape scenery admired by thousands of tourists yearly. The view over the beach from the top of the hill is most certainly unforgettable. If you don’t mind uphill hiking we highly recommend going to the top of the hill and admiring the view from above.
Charming cobblestoned streets of Chania will instantly make you fall in love with this city. Colourful city corners and locals hospitality add to city’s endless charm. Beside amazing beaches the city provides rich historical sites and monuments reflecting the culture of the island. Visit the Venetian lighthouse- the city’s landmark and many museums while wandering around the narrow streets of city’s old town. Take a stroll on the Chania port and rest in one of many Cretan taverns soaking the view of the magnificent horizon.
It is world known that Cretan cuisine is considered to be the healthiest diet in the world. Consisted of different varieties of cheese, fresh vegetables and herbs it is incredibly tasty and healthy at the same time. The main Cretan specialty is Dakos- a rusk salad with finely chopped tomatoes and mizithra cheese. More of the island’s unique delicacies are fried snails, sweet cheese pie- kalitsounia as well as lamb with egg and lemon. Pair the traditional dishes with a shot of raki or a glass of exquisite Cretan wine. No need to tell you twice to bring one bottle back home!
Visit the island where all mighty Zeus was born and learn more about the myth of Crete’s ancient emperor and protector Minos. Experience the wonders of this magnificent island and enjoy the famous Cretan hospitality. For a memorable experience in Crete book one of our offered activities and start planning your perfect vacation!