Crete

Things to Do & Attractions in Crete

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Palace of Knossos

4 star rating: Recommended 73 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

Chania Old Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 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

Acqua Plus Water Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Acqua Plus Water Park is the most popular water park on the island of Crete, and it is located less than 20 miles from Heraklion. It's situated on a hill ...  Read more

Marathi Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Marathi Beach is located about 10 miles east of Chania in the western part of the island of Crete. Marathi is a small but popular resort village in the region ...  Read more

White Mountains (Lefka Ori)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Capped with snow throughout the winter months and sculpted by steep limestone cliffs, dramatic gorges and high desert valleys, the mighty White Mountains ...  Read more

Samaria Gorge

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 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

Koules Fortress

4 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

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

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

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

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

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

Balos Beach and Lagoon

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Cocooned between the wild Gramvousa Peninsula and the idyllic Cape Tigani, Balos Beach is a pocket of paradise – a startling blue lagoon, framed by jagged sea ...  Read more

Chrissi Island

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Chrissi Island sits about 9 miles south of the town of Ierapetra on Crete. It is 4.35 miles long and 1.25 miles across at its widest point. The island is a ...  Read more

Spinalonga

4 star rating: Recommended 41 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

Frangokastello

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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

Rethymno

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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

Lion Square & Morosini Fountain

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 35 Reviews

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

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