Crete Travel Guide

Crete, the largest Greek island located above Africa, is the southernmost part of Europe. It enjoys a mild climate throughout the year and offers a variety of diverse experiences to the holidaymaker. It is recommended that you rent a car in Crete and enjoy the variety of landscape on this fertile island full of olive trees, orange groves and vineyards, as well as palm and cedar forests. Steeped in history from the Minoan civilization to WWII, Crete’s strategic geographical location made it attractive to many invaders. The Cretan spirit and the island’s hospitality draw visitors time and time again. The modern holiday resorts, archaeological finds and natural beauty have made Crete one of the most favourite destinations in Greece.


Accommodation

Crete offers a diverse range of accommodation, conveniently located within the tourist centres of the city and close to popular attractions. Home to everything from simple motel-style accommodation to comfortable hotels and luxury hotels and resorts, Crete accommodation caters to all budgets and travellers. Visitors can choose from a variety of affordable, family friendly and deluxe hotel options that also offer self-catering options allowing you to save money and experience a holiday home away from home in Crete. Book Crete Accommodation


Getting Around Crete

There are daily flights to Heraklion and Chania from Athens and numerous charter flights from Europe to Crete. Additionally daily ferries depart Piraeus port near Athens and take approximately 8-12 hours to reach Crete. There are numerous car hire companies on the island and driving is a good option to discover Crete. The public transport is also well established and the visitor can easily travel between the main cities, as well as the more remote villages of the island. Getting Around Crete


Attractions

Heraklion is the largest town of Crete and is the main business and social centre home to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum while Matala was the ancient port of Phaestos and Gortys and is home to caves, a semi-circular beach and protected bay. Chania is the second largest town in Crete and it an old Venetian port home to the Historical and Nautical Museum, the Halepa neighbourhood and the excavation site of Kidonia in Casteli. Rethymnon, Crete's third largest town offers the visitor a unique combination of a leisurely holiday atmosphere, warm hospitality and a lively nightlife. Elounda is a small beautiful Cretan village and Khersonisos is a cosmopolitan spot consisting of several small beaches and villages which are also both popular attractions.


Crete Facts

Crete is home to more than 3000 caves and wasn’t united with the rest of Greece until 1913 however the history of Crete is said to be more ancient than the history of the entire European continent. There is no actual race native to Crete due to its frequent invasions and occupation over the years, however this is what gives it its cosmopolitan charm. Crete is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa with almost identical distance between Crete and these three continents. Knossos is Greece’s second most visited archaeological attraction, topped only by the Acropolis. Mass tourism to Crete didn’t begin until the mid-60s when the Walt Disney move ‘Moon-Spinners’ was filmed in Elounda.