Crete Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Palace of Knossos

4 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

Once the glorious capital of Minoan Crete and one of the most powerful cities in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Knossos is a place steeped in legend. ...  Read more

Chania Old Town

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Located on Crete’s northern coast and framed by a backdrop of looming mountains, the history port city of Chania is one of the island’s most picturesque ...  Read more

Acqua Plus Water Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Just a short drive from the beaches of Heraklion, Acqua Plus Water Park is the largest and most popular water park in Crete. With more than 50 different ...  Read more

Marathi Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Comprising two sandy stretches extending from either side of a pier, Marathi Beach overlooks the vivid blue waters of Souda Bay and the White Mountains of ...  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 63 Reviews

Samaria Gorge, in southwestern Crete, is one of Europe’s longest canyons. A popular hiking destination, its rugged river valley trail runs 10 miles (16 ...  Read more

Rethymno

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

The third-largest settlement on the Greek island of Crete, the port town of Rethymno has been occupied since the Late Minoan period. Its Venetian- and ...  Read more

Koules Fortress

4 star rating: Recommended 86 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

Lion Square & Morosini Fountain

4 star rating: Recommended 44 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

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 42 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 40 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

Bridging the gap between the wild Gramvousa Peninsula and the idyllic Cape Tigani, Balos Beach is a startlingly blue lagoon, framed by jagged sea cliffs and ...  Read more

Chrissi Island

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Measuring just 4.35 miles (7 kilometers) long and 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) at its widest point, Chrissi Island, also known as Gaidouronisi, is small but ...  Read more

Elafonisi Beach

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

With shallow waters, pale pink-tinted sands, and sweeping dunes, Elafonisi is frequently and deservedly listed among Europe’s best beaches. The beach is ...  Read more

Spinalonga

4 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

The now-uninhabited island of Spinalonga (Kalydon) sits in the Elounda Gulf along Crete’s northeastern shore. During the 16th-century Venetian occupation, the ...  Read more

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