Crete is the largest Greek island, at 260 km long, and home to over half a million people. It is also Europe’s southernmost island. It truly has everything you could ask for. Its terrain is varied, bragging both the White Mountains as well as Elafonisi with its fine sand. The White Mountains brag Ideon Cave, located on Mt Ida and according to Greek mythology, where Zeus was born.
Travel into Heraklion, the capital, for shopping as well as an archaeological museum. In Heraklion, there are a number of highly rated restaurants, including the authentic Greek cooking found in Merastri. You’ll find Greek food and barbecue in Athali, while if you are in need of authentic food that is vegetarian-friendly, Cooking with Love is the place to go.
Be sure to check out the Bronze Age settlement of Knossos. It was first settled in 7000 BC and the palace dates to 1900 BC. It’s just 5 km from Heraklion. For a more laid back day, head to the sandy streets of Stalis to enjoy authentic Greek restaurants like Jannis Golden Heart and Romantic Corner, both set on the beach with incredible views. It’s just a short bus ride from Hersonissos, which is 25 km from Heraklion, and from there, Malia is just a walk away.
You’ll find the former leper colony of Spinalonga just a short boat trip from the port town of Agios Nikolaos. You can also catch a boat from Plaka or Elounda. Looking for nightlife? Malia is famous for its club scene. A trip from Agios Nikolaos will include lunch, as well as a chance to swim in the waters of Kolokytha beach.
Talking about beaches, there are so many options! From Balos beach in Chania, Vai beach and Istro beach in Lassithi, Falassarna beach in Chania, Preveli beach in Rethymno, Matala beach in Heraklion, Ammos, Ammoudi and Havania beaches; and even Plaka pebble beach in Agios Nikolaos. The list goes on!
The most beautiful thing about the island of Crete is that it holds something for absolutely everyone. It brags incredible beauty, a rich history, as well as laid-back enjoyment for a truly well-rounded holiday. In truth, it can be whatever you want it to be! There is a tour option perfectly designed for you!
You can find direct flights into Heraklion, Sitia or Chania from most major European countries, including Spain, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Germany, and more! If you want to know more, or to book your dream Crete experience, get in touch with our team today!