Crete consists of four regions; Chania in the west, Rethymno, Iraklio in the center and also the capital of the island, and to the east the Lassithi Plateau. In general, the northern shores of Crete are developed for tourism, and some of them full-blown package tourism traps. If you are looking to discover the culture of Greece, some of these places aren't for you. But fear not, Greece is big and varied and there are many beautiful spots to discover.
Discover CreteAgios Nikolaos, Central Eastern Crete
The town center of Agias Nikolaos is a bottomless lake, which is actually not a lake because it is connected to the sea and is not bottomless because it is 64 m. But it is deep enough for the retreating Germans to dump all their tanks during WWII ...
Chania, Western Crete
Though Chania is a modern city the interior is a labyrynth of old Venetian houses that you can wander around with only an occasional reminder of the twentieth century. The port is actually in Souda Bay, but there are buses and taxis available to take you right into the city...
Chora Sfakion, South West Crete
The Sfakia Province is well known for the Samaria Gorge which attracts many visitors to Crete but it is a fabulous choice for a holiday of pure relaxation and quiet fishing villages in tranquil surroundings. It's a great day trip from Chora Sfakion to Paleohora ...
Iraklion, Central Crete
Iraklion is a busy, noisy city and has a population of over 120,000. Most travellers don't spend long here, but its the point of entry for most, and a good base for some of the "must-sees", notably the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum ...
Plakias, Agia Galini and Matala
These coastal villages of Crete have a lot in common. At one time they were remote villages with beautiful beaches, inexpensive rooms and small tavernas. Now they are built up with hotels, tourist shops and wild nightlife. Anyway we are not all traveling monks ...
Palekastro and Vai, Eastern Crete
The town of Palekastro or PK as the archeologists call it, is an agricutural town which has opened it's arms to embrace the mass tourism which has not yet arrived. Vai is one of the nicest beaches in Greece, and the only natural palm tree forest in Europe ...
Rethymnon, Central Crete
Another option for a port of arrival is the city of Rethymnon which is a mixture of high end tourist resorts and a traditional inner harbour of old buildings. Most of the tourist activity is located behind the town beach, but some of the best beaches on the island are a short distance ...
Sitia, Eastern Crete
Sitia with a population of 8500 people, is the easternmost city on Crete and perhaps the least developed. Even during the busy summer peak, Sitia retains a certain charm and laid-back style. Sitia has been inhabited since the Minoan period ...
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