Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands, consisting of four provinces: Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion and Lasithi.
It is a popular destination for its sea and beaches, and has a distinct reminiscence of its ancient culture from the Roman and Turkish empires. With its wide variety of landscapes, it is a popular holiday destination for tourism.
There is no shortage of activities on the island, so be sure you experience them all by picking up your car in Crete and enjoy everything the island has to offer.
Mythological and historical stories are a very poignant part of Crete’s ambience. There is an abundance of sites to visit and explore, each having their own story. Take a wonder through the Palace of Knossos, which is covered by frescos and ceramics, or visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which plays host to an extensive collection of Minoan art and history.
Take a wonder through the Palace of Knossos, which is covered by frescos and ceramics. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which plays host to an extensive collection of Minoan art and history.
If you are a fan of Greek mythology, then Crete is definitely a place for you to visit. It was birthplace to the gods, historical heroes, poets, radical ancient figures and is full of artefacts. There are many caves across the island which were once used to worship the Gods, such as the ‘Cave of Zeus’. It was believed that this cave was the hiding place of the infant Zeus in order to protect him from his father Cronus.
If you are traveling with family, the Crete aquarium is a great place to visit. Located on the edge of a former U.S. air force station, it hosts over 2,500 specimens from over 200 species of fish in the Mediterranean.
There are countless beaches, caves and coves along over 600 miles of coast. Take a drive down to Vai and Balos where the beaches are pure white sand and crystal clear waters.
For a change of scenery visit Kournas Lake, the only freshwater lake in Crete. It lies within a valley surrounded by hills about 4km from Georgioupolis in the Chania province.
Crete also has what is known as the ‘Mediterranean diet’ thought of as one of the healthiest diets in Greece. Sample some of the islands cuisine on the sea side taverns such as stuffed vine leaves, fresh deep fried squid and the honey tasting baklava.
If you are looking for somewhere to relax and soak up the sun, then Crete is definitely the place for you!
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