Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete has managed to remain unspoiled, despite the numerous tourists visiting the island every year. Crete is well-known for its delicious traditional cuisine and it's traditional drink, raki. Due to the fact that Crete is so "vast" and offers so many attraction either focus on the West or the East side. Our top-5 selections include:
Chania Old Town
Chania is the largest city in Crete. The old town is largely intact, located on the port and harbor side. The main attractions in the harbor include the old Venetian lighthouse and an old Turkish mosque. Many old town structures were built during the Venetian and Turkish period, combining perfectly different cultures and towns. Chania old town is a quit escape for most tourists as they enjoy their drink in Venetian style bars.
Rethymno Old Town
Rethymno has been characterized as a maze of alleys and lanes, ideal for pedestrians. The main attraction of the Rethymno old town is the Venetian fortress that overlooks the town.
No, you are not mistaken, your eyes are not playing any tricks. This place is not in the Caribbean, it is located in the Western side of Crete. The vivid blue and turquoise waters together with the wild natural beauty create an exotic scenery. The sea is very shallow and warm, ideal for young childre n. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells.
Elafonisi is a Natura 2000 protected area, as several rare animals nest on the island. The small lagoon created does not exceed 1m in depth, giving you the chance to cross it and reach the island. The waters are turquoise and the sand pinkish, due to the crushed shells.
Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. Knossos is the Europe's oldest city. According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by famed architect Dedalos with such complexity that no one placed in it could ever find its exit.
A breathtaking gorge in the southwestern part of the island in Chania Prefecture. A hike through the complete gorge takes five to seven hours, and is only for the physically fit. Samaria is considered as a Greek National Park and a World's Biosphere Reserve.