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Crete Island City Information and Travel Guide

Crete is an island of incredible contrasts. The combination of the new alongside the old is presented all around. It can be used as a perfect synonym for an ideal island. It is far from the crowd packed cities. One can enjoy amidst the beaches and the soothing water. The architecture of the buildings here in Crete is almost ancient, one will get to explore plenty of stuff about the history of Greece. As a matter of fact, it ranks 12th in the global rankings for the best beaches in the world. Moreover, Cretans are known for their hospitality, enthusiasm, and gallantry. The modern Cretan culture has been shaped by different cultures, ethnicities, and influence.

Location and geography

Crete is an amazing island, also referred to as a “small continent” because it has everything a continent should have. From Alpine mountain ranges all the way to the only natural palm forests in Europe. It is the largest island in Greece with a size of 8.336 km² and has It is 270 km in length and max 65 km in width. It is also the 5th biggest island in the Mediterranean sea. 

It has all the desired features which make it fit the ideal definition of an island. If we talk about its location, it is situated in the southern part of the Aegean sea. The salient feature which makes it stand alone among the other islands of Greece is that it has 3 mountain chains rising 2500 meters straight out of the sea. Crete finds itself divided into as many as four regions namely, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Lassithi. Crete is not very densely populated, it has just over 6 lakh residents. Crete is home to unique biodiversity. Numerous indigenous plants and rare species of fauna can be found here.

Where to stay in Crete

It really depends on what you are looking for. Crete Island has something for everyone. If you are looking to stay in less crowded places then the southwestern side is best where you will get a more authentic feel. Kandanos area is also perfect, but it can be enjoyed best with a vehicle. Crete is home to majestic mountain villages and picturesque seaside paradises. Hotels range from simple b&bs to super luxurious resorts that are available throughout the island. Some of the best hotels in Crete Island are mentioned below:-

Blue palace resort

Good 4 Reviews 8.9 P.O. Box 38

it is a five-star resort and spa, it is situated in Elounda which is a small place in Crete. It is a luxury resort offering facilities like 24-hour gym, 5 pools including kids' pools and many more. Moreover, they have a private beach of their own, isn’t it fascinating.

  • Restaurant
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Bar
  • Tennis court
  • Fitness centre
  • Airport shuttle
  • Business centre
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Family rooms
  • Currency exchange
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Table tennis
  • Tour desk
  • Heating
  • WiFi
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • WiFi available in all areas
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GDM Megaron

Good 26 Reviews 9.6 9, D. Beaufort

This resort has gained popularity because of its rooftop restaurant which allows a great view of the Heraklion fortress, and the seaside. It is situated in Heraklion.

  • Restaurant
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Bar
  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Airport shuttle
  • Business centre
  • Dry cleaning
  • Currency exchange
  • Massage
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Tour desk
  • Heating
  • WiFi
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • WiFi available in all areas
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Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa

Good 7 Reviews 9.7 Theofanous 9

This resort was made by converting an ancient fort into a hotel, which makes its architecture a center of attraction for tourists. Moreover, no two rooms are alike in this resort, each one has a different design. It is located in Chania.

  • Bar
  • Airport shuttle
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Family rooms
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi
  • Heating
  • WiFi
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • WiFi available in all areas
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What to eat in Crete Island

Food is something which keeps you rejuvenated in a long tourist, hence it has to be tempting. One more thing food on Crete island might be completely different from what is served in other parts of Greece.

Dakos

It is one of the iconic dishes served on the island. It is typically a bread which is baked not just once but twice. To further engage the flavor the bread, tomatoes, and cheese is added to it. For garnishing this dish oregano, and olive oil are used.

Variety of cheese

Almost every dish that you will find on the island will be loaded with cheese. Crete people love their cheese. Anthotiros, Kefalotiri, Mizithra, Graviera are several popular cheese types that you can enjoy.

Sarikopitakia

The name might sound weird, but it won’t taste weird. These are pastries that have a filling of cheese in it, and garnishing is done with a drip of honey.

How to get around in Crete.

Honestly, the best way is to rent a cab because it renders you the ease of traveling on your own terms. Renting a cab is considerably costly if you are looking to be kind on your budget then take the services of public buses. These are also a convenient mode of transportation as the buses run between all major cities.

Local buses might not be the ideal means of transportation in the vacation season as the availability of them will be conditional upon the crowd. In the peak hours, you might find difficulties in boarding a public bus due to the extreme crowd. Avoid driving on your own as it can be very tricky at times driving on the streets of Crete.

Things to do in Crete.

Visit Spinalonga Island

It is in the proximity of Crete, you can enjoy a boat ride to this island. This island is a very small one but surely you will enjoy this place given the rich history it carries.

Visit the cut off the village of Loutro

If you really want to have an experience of what ancient Greece looked like to visit this place. It hasn’t undergone any major changes like other parts of Greece. It is a fishing village and will encounter you with ethnic Greece.

Balos Lagoon

This place is made for hiking lovers, as it is among the most scenic places in Crete. If you are planning to go on a hike there, go early in the morning to avoid the heat. You can also take a boat ride to reach there.

Chania

It is a full-fledged city and among the biggest island cities in Crete. You will get to witness the Venetian Harbour, an old lighthouse. If you are looking for shopping give a visit to Agora Marketplace, here you will get the art of the Greek culture, and loads of memorabilia to carry back with you.

Best time to visit Crete Island

The best time to visit Crete is from May to July, as the weather is excellent and you can enjoy your vacations. During this time, the weather is warm but not very hot along with beautiful surroundings. While most tourists visit Crete in August, you will avoid crowds.

The second best time is early autumn which starts from late September or early October. The weather is still warm, but the rains have begun by this time. The scorched summer scenery regains its colors, the leaves turn red and brown. The sea remains warm, after the hot summer, so you can enjoy it.

Interesting facts about Crete Island

  1. Crete is home to the oldest olive trees in the world. Fitting for a nation with a tremendously old history with olive oil.
  2. Crete has more than 400 gorges. The Samaria gorge is the most famous one and is the longest gorge in Europe.
  3. Crete is home to the oldest evidence of sea navigation in the world dated to 130.000 years ago.
  4. Crete has 1000 km of crystal clear coastline out of Greece’s total of 16.000 km. These coastlines and beaches are in every form one can imagine. With or without mountains, with towns or entirely off the beaten path or secluded. Crete is home even to pink sand beaches.

Where to visit next.

Though you can never actually get enough of this beautiful place still there are other places as cool as Crete island where you will surely be tempted to visit. Athens is one of such places where you will enjoy your visit just like Crete. Athens is the largest and Capital city of Greece and also the heart of ancient greek civilization. Another such place is Meteora, which is located at quite some height, and it is not for the weak-hearted people. It was built in the 14th century and has some interesting sites to explore. Similarly, you can visit Delphi, an archaeological site that was believed to be the center of the earth. If you will mark your presence in these places your holidays will turn out to be the most memorable one.

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