A wide open blue sky, ravishing coastlines, rugged mountains, ancient treasures - the island of Crete has much to explore.

Explore Crete, this island full of ancient historical sites and history and its stories at every turn. There is much more than ancient history and Minoan landmarks such as Crete’s modern history of war, recent history of rebellion and independence, Venetian occupation, Classical Greek history, Roman invasion – Crete is definitely a ‘must see’ place amongst all ancient sites in Greece.

Crete amazes its visitors with its stunning natural beauty. Here are hundreds of beaches with crystal clear water and a beautiful countryside with verdant hills, forests, rock formations, gorges and mountain ranges reaching well over 2.000 metres ideal for walking and hiking. For our guests to experience the ‘real’ Crete, we have some great suggestions especially for you.

HISTORICAL SITES

Crete was the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, one of the most important civilizations in the ancient world. The Minoan palace of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete is considered Europe’s oldest city. When walking through the palace’s reconstructed rooms visitors can visualise what ancient life must have been like.

11.5 km

TO THE PALACE OF KNOSSOS

40 km

TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF GORTYS

56 km

TO PHAESTOS PALACE

BEACHES

Crete has plenty of beautiful beaches. Here you will find long stretches of white sand, secluded bays and organized beaches with umbrellas and several trees around. Tsoutsouras beach for instance, is considered therapeutic and healing due to its high concentration of salt and iodine.

24 km - 37.5 km

TO KIKINI HANI BEACH, LIRAGIA, AGIA PELAGIA (NORTH COAST)

45 km

TO TSOUTSOURAS BEACH, KERATOKAMBOS BEACH (SOUTH COAST)

CITY TOURS

After visiting Knossos the Heraklion Old Town and its renowned Archaeological Museum is well worth a visit. The old town with its pedestrian-only streets hosts aristocratic buildings, churches, boutiques opening onto a square with fountains and cafés.  The Archaeological Museum accommodates 22 galleries with artefacts from Neolithic to Roman times.

Chania is knows as the cultural capital of Crete. Art work can be admired at plenty of galleries and museums and theatres visited. The old town is an interesting mix of Venetian and Turkish architecture, do not miss to see its stunning harbour with Chania’s gorgeous Venetian lighthouse.

 

17 km

TO HERAKLION

94 km

TO RETHIMNO

156 km

TO CHANIA

VINEYARDS AND WINERIES

Crete has a 4.000 years wine tradition and we have just some of the best vineyards and wine routes right at our doorstep. Along the routes you can find old and vast vineyards, rural unspoiled villages, monasteries and of course: wine factories.

Several nearby wine factories are daily open to visitors offering exhibition and wine tasting including insight to production and wine cellars.

8 km

TO BOUTARI WINERIES

12 km

TO LYRAKIS WINERY

WALKING AND HIKING

Crete is a paradise for walking and hiking lovers, with thousands of kilometres of tracks here are all possible walking options are available to suit all fitness levels.

In the nearby area of Archanes there were around ten walking and hiking trails established, all routes are well signed, descriptions and coordinates are available here

5.5 km

TO YOUCHTAS MOUNTAIN

15 km

TO TRADITIONAL VILLAGE OF SMARI
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