Crete

Crete Attractions

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Archanes

The ruins of Archanes speak poignantly of Crete’s Minoan past. The archaeological site and museum here exhibit coffins and musical instruments, ornamental ...  Read more

Chania Old Town

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Lying on the north coast of Crete just west of Heraklion, Chania is Crete’s most charming old town and also one of its most historic areas. Mosques, ...  Read more

Cretaquarium

As stated in the address, Crete’s aquarium is located on the edge of a former U.S. Air Force station. There is a beach nearby to create a full day of activity. ...  Read more

Frangokastello

With its sawtooth walls and square crenellated towers at each corner, the well-preserved Venetian castle of Frangokastello is straight from the pages of a ...  Read more

Hania

Crete’s former capital is perhaps its most idyllic town. With its intertwined Venetian and Ottoman legacy, there’s an east and west magic to its grand harbor, ...  Read more

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Second in size and importance to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the most magnificent collection of ...  Read more

Historical Museum of Crete

The Historical Museum of Crete collects and preserves valuable archaeological, ethnographic and historical material from Crete’s more recent past. The A.G. ...  Read more

Koules Fortress

Situated at the end of the Heraklion’s inner harbor near the Old Harbor jetty is the Koules Fortress. Koules is the Turkish name for the fortress but the ...  Read more

Lion Square & Morosini Fountain

Lion Square is a central hub for both tourists and locals. It is a great place to people-watch, have a pastry at one of the many cafes or check out the ...  Read more

Loggia

Currently, the Venetian Loggia is the home to the Heraklion City Hall but it was once the clubhouse of the local nobility. Its past and former lives are quite ...  Read more

Malia

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

It might not be as famous as the Palace of Knossos, but in its day Malia was a thriving Minoan city with an impressive palace complex. These days, however, ...  Read more

Palace of Knossos

4 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

The best place to capture the mystery and magic of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilization is the ruins of Knossos, just outside Heraklion. The secrets of this ...  Read more

Rethymno

Many travelers miss out on Rethymno’s lovely Old Town and Venetian port, soaking up the waterfront ambiance in Hania instead. But Rethymno has just as much ...  Read more

Samaria Gorge

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Samaria Gorge is legendary amongst hikers, with more than 1,000 walkers hitting the rugged river valley trail daily in summer. Europe’s longest gorge offers a ...  Read more

Spinalonga

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

For centuries the island of Spinalonga has been known for its Venetian fortress, and more recently it was the setting for the 2005 novel 'The Island' by ...  Read more

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