A Guide To Crete (Greece)

The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is a very popular tourist destination. We look at some key attractions and the reasons why. Crete is probably most popular with tourists from northern Europe, largely because there is so much to do there. As well as great culture and history, there are also lovely beaches and lots of different hotels. It’s a great place whether you’re looking for a high end of the market getaway or an affordable package break, making it a great place for everyone.

The great range of beaches is one of the main reasons Crete is so popular with tourists – there are lots of them as well as great weather to go along with it. In terms of the weather, May to September is considered the best time to go. You can find both vibrant holiday beach towns and quieter places as well, meaning Crete caters to all sorts of holidaymakers. Malia is a great, touristy location if you like things busy. At the other end of the scale, Plakias is ideal.

The main city in Crete is Heraklion and it’s very popular with tourists. The Koules Venetian Fortressis very popular with all types of tourists as it has some fantastic views and has been restored. It was also built in the 1500s. Elsewhere in this vibrant port town, you can visit the great designer shopping outlets or explore the side streets to discover small gift shops. Also worth a visit is the popular Archaeological Museum, which covers thousands of years of history and has lots to see.

For a brilliant day trip and attractive tourist destination, there’s also the Samaria Gorge. This is the longest gorge in Europe and is great for going walking with a guided tour. It starts in the mountain village of Omalos and takes in some great sights such as the abandoned village of Samaria and a Byzantine church called Santa Maria. The gorge is also a national park, meaning you can expect some great scenery such as pine forests and lots of wild flowers.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Crete is Spinalonga Island. This is in the north east of Crete and used to be a leper colony. It also has a famous fortress that’s well worth a visit. Spinalonga is now unoccupied and you can visit beautiful small pebble beaches and stay in the nearby Elounda seaside resort. Here you will find lovely beaches and historical sites as well as lots of traditional villages close by that allow you to experience a slower pace of life.

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