Interesting places to visit in Crete

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Interesting places to visit in Crete, the King of the Mediterranean. If there was a competition for the most beautiful among the Greek islands, landmarks in Crete would certainly be among the favorites for the title. Located between the Crimean and the Libyan Seas, south of the Peloponnese, the largest of the islands of Greece is famous for its beaches and seas, but those who have been fortunate enough to visit it are able to experience much more. Crete is not just a beach and a sea. It is a colorful mix of life, warmth, hospitality and culture. The island has something for everyone: from pristine beaches, through high mountains to cosmopolitan cities and small quiet villages.

The mild Mediterranean climate makes the largest Greek island suitable for a visit throughout the year. You can reach it in two ways – by air or by water. Crete has three main international airports. Nikos Kazantakis Airport is the largest and is located just 10 minutes from the island’s capital Heraklion, which is also the island’s largest city. The other two airports in Hania and Sithonia are significantly smaller and serve a much smaller number of flights.

Interesting places to visit Crete Island

Crete is a huge island with many things to see and do. Besides, if you do not plan to spend your entire holiday in a hotel complex, you will undoubtedly be able to enjoy the views and landscapes that Crete can enchant you. High mountains with snowy peaks, gently touching the clouds and breathtaking views of the endless sea, valleys dotted with olive groves, vineyards and citrus, idyllic beaches. All this proves that the island seems to be painted by a master-painter. Once you’ve touched Crete’s remarkable natural beauty, make sure you get to know the Minoan civilization, whose remains and treasures are scattered all over the island.

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The most impressive can be found at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The ruins of Faistos, Gortys and Malia’s palace are also interesting to explore. World-famous archaeological museums can be found in other major cities, but if you want to go back a little in the past, visit the small villages. Signs with the word “folklore” or “traditional house” will tell you that you can go there in the 19th century. Monasteries are the other source of history and culture that you can find anywhere in the island.

They offer something for everyone. From life-filled, umbrellas and bars ideal for party and entertainment lovers to those who are completely hidden from the world. The most famous beaches are Balos, Elafonissi and Vai. Balos Beach, with its wonderful location in the northwest of the island, is the most famous beach in Crete. With crystal clear turquoise waters and soft white sand, Balos reminds you of the Caribbean Paradise and excites its visitors with exotic views. It can easily be reached by car from Kisamos or by a hiking boat from Hania.

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Crete Island, the King of the Mediterranean

Part of the beach features sun loungers and umbrellas. Vai Beach, located in the northeastern part of Crete in the Lassithi region, is known for being surrounded by the largest palm forest in Europe. The soft sand and crystal clear water make the beach ideal for families with children. In free time for camping, the beach is now equipped with umbrellas and sun beds, and camping is forbidden.

Crete is famous for its rich and healthy cuisine. The island’s diet, better known as the Mediterranean diet, includes fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, milk and dairy products, and less common meat. Local people like to dine very late, after 10 hours and always in groups. If you want to feel the true taste of the Cretan cuisine, visit a tavern.

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