Are you planning your summer holidays and wondering what are some of the best places to visit in Crete? We are here for you. In this article, we are going to cover this interesting topic and recommend some of the top sights during your vacation at our family waterpark hotel. Therefore, gather up your beloved family members or friends and embark on a journey to our legendary island! Are you ready to live the most fascinating experience of your life?
Top places to visit in Crete
The list of places to visit in Crete is simply endless. There is just so much to see and experience, that no time would ever be enough. One might even argue that you probably need a lifetime to explore the beauties of this island. Either way, we narrowed down some of the top highlights of. Crete that have a special place in our hearts. Keep on reading to find out which tourist attractions we picked.
Samaria Gorge in Chania, Crete
The longest highking trail (about 16km) of Europe is located in no other place than Chania! Specifically, Samaria Gorge is definitely one of the most impressive gorges in Crete, if not in whole Greece. The famous gorge is located up in the White Mountains (or as locals call them Lefka Ori) and is the only National Park in Crete. It offers protection to over 450 species of both plants and animals, 70 of which are endemic to Crete. The trail takes about 6-8 hours to cross, depending on your fitness level and other conditions such as weather and high number of visitors. At the end of the trail, you will reach the seaside village of Agia Roumeli where you can relax, take a swim at the crystal clear waters and enjoy the local Cretan cuisine.
Preveli Beach in Rethymno, Crete
Exotic and absolutely stunning, Preveli beach is all that you could ask for on a sunny day. This tropical setting is packed with palm trees and offers some of the most spectacular views. Additionally, it is located in the southern part of Rethymno. So, if you’re planning a day trip to that area, Preveli beach should be on the top of your list. As you take the path down to the beach, you will see a river that comes down from the Kourtaliotis Gorge all the way to the beach. The beautiful palm trees create a thick shade that offers just the right protection from the sun. If you are intrigued by Preveli Beach, you should definitely check out the nearby historical Preveli Monastery. The building dates back to the 16th century and offers complete serenity.
Knossos Palace in Heraklion, Crete
Discover a civilization that dates back to a time before time. A civilization that flourished considerably thousands of years ago and left its mark in history. A place that is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur, as well as the story of Daidalos and his son Icaros. Who wouldn’t want to pay a visit to the mighty Knossos Palace? Cretans are particularly proud of this important archeological site. During Bronze Age, it was a ceremonial and political center of the Minoan Civilization. Nowadays, it is undoubtedly one of Europe’s oldest city. Be prepared to walk a lot, as the legendary castle is as huge as a village! If you have a soft spot for the Greek mythology and just visiting the palace isn’t enough, you should definitely check out the Archeological Museum.
As mentioned before, the list with places to visit in Crete is never-ending. However, we truly believe that the above are great starting points during your first time in the island. We would love to hear your impressions, thoughts and feelings after visiting these places.
What other places would you like to visit in Crete while staying with us?