Top Cretan Destinations

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Discover the top Cretan destinations that you must see when visiting Crete.

Here is a selection of some of the best holidays places in Crete island - these destinations will certainly make for a great summer holiday and is the top places for holidays in Crete! Read on for information about these destinations, including information about each destination in Crete.

The palace of Knossos
The palace of Knossos

Knossos is the site of the most important and better known palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Icaros.

The site was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic period (7000-3000 B.C.) until Roman times. The Linear B tablets (Mycenaean script) of the 14th century B.C. mention the city as ko-no-so. Intensive habitation occurred mostly …

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The island of Chrissi
The island of Chrissi

Chrissi (Golden) or (Donkey Island) is an uninhabited island about 12 km off the coast of the town of Ierapetra. It is five km long and on average one km wide. The island is renowned for its white beaches, sand dunes and forest of pines and junipers and is popular with tourists visiting for a day of sunbathing away from the crowds.

The western tip of the island has some remains of past settlement: a few Minoan ruins and a 13th century chapel dedicated to Agios Nikolaos. It was inhabited into Byzantine times. The main sources of wealth were fishing …

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Kournas Lake
Kournas Lake

Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake. The lake is in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, about 4 km from Georgioupolis in Chania Prefecture, west Crete.

Lake Kournas is relatively small, with a maximum length of 1,087 m and a maximum breadth of 880 m. It covers an area of 579,000 sq. m. and is generally shallow, 22.5 m at its deepest point, while it lies approximately 20 m above sea level ...

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Balos lagoon / Gramvousa Beach
Balos lagoon / Gramvousa Beach

Balos beach is at the northwesternmost point of Crete, on Cape Gramvoussa, near the town of Kissamos or Kastelli in Chania Prefecture. You can get to Balos beach either by boat from Kissamos or by car, but the only road is a rough dirt track.

Balos lagoon, Gramvousa beach Crete Greece. Crete island travel guide for Balos, one of the most popular tourist destinations in western Crete for vacation or for summer holidays. The beach of Gramvousa offers something for couples and families and the young alike with big sandy paradise beaches for camping, relaxing and much more ...

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Spinalonga island
Spinalonga island

Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga  is also known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957. Today thousands of tourists visit Spinalonga each summer by boat from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Plaka, for a tour of its ruined buildings, which the Archaeological Service is laboriously trying to maintain.

According to the data for 2009, Spinalonga has 1200-1500 visitors daily during the summer months and is the most popular archaeological site in Crete after Knossos ...

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Lasithi Plateau
Lasithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau in Crete is a wonderfully cool and fertile area where you will find orange groves, vineyards, small towns pressed against the mountain and a very warm welcome. Two of the most well-known towns within Lassithi Plateau are Krassi and Mohos.

There is a lot more to Crete than just its lovely golden beaches and fishing villages. Venture inland and into the mountainous regions and you will find the stunningly beautiful area of Lassithi Plateau. Within this guide we have supplied some amazing photographs taken which represent the rugged beauty of this area in Crete ...

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi island and the bay are located on the southeast tip of Crete, the distance from Chania is roughly 73 km and just 43 km from Kastelli. You can get to Elafonisi via local bus services which do regular trips to and from the island for a small fee. Many visitors of Crete Island but also the local people, says that Elafonissi is one of the top Cretan destinations that anyone should visit.

With stunning beaches Elafonisi is a great draw for tourists and locals alike who come to bathe in the crystal clear waters and lovely white sandy beaches. This is a short guide with some useful information ...

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Matala
Matala

Located on the south east part of Crete, Matala is famed for its beaches in Crete. Matala is located in the prefecture of Heraklion but offers something different away from the big tourist packed resorts on the east coast of Crete. Many tourist but locals also believe that Matala is one of the most famous Cretan destinations that anyone who travels in Crete should visit.

Matala was the ancient port of Phaistos and Gortys and a former fishing community which has developed into a modern holiday Mecca. It is located 4 km south west of the village of Pitsidia and 75 km from Heraklion ...

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Falassarna
Falassarna

Falassarna is a small resort boasting one of the best-known beaches in Chania Prefecture and indeed the whole of Crete, which attracts large numbers of tourists every summer.

Nowadays Falassarna is a famous Cretan destination, thanks to its beaches and also its ecological interest. Falassarna is part of the Natura 2000 network, both due to its variety of flora and fauna and as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Looking towards Falassarna from the hill after the village of Platanos, you will see many greenhouses, as the area is ideal for growing fruit and vegetables ...

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