Crete Island Travel Guide

  • Boats to Spinalonga
    Boats to Spinalonga
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  • The bay of Kato Zakros
    The bay of Kato Zakros
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  • traditional windmill of Crete
    traditional windmill of Crete
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Crete Island Things to Do

  • Knossos

    Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete.Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization.damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the...

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  • Chania Town

    Out shopping, although Hubby and I had long ago visited it was nice to take the girls to see the port a lovely stroll was had by all, very picturesque and a real feeling of days gone by here. Take your time, stop and have a drink or meal. Museum was worth a visit. The moored boats are good for a look and we just could not rush as the girls are...

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  • Heraklion Town

    Make no mistake, this is not a poor cousin of the Archaeological museum, in terms of artifacts anyway. We actually stumbled into it by mistake but thought it was an excellent venue. We rated it the equal of the Archaeological Museum though comparisons can be odious as the time frames are totally different. This one is post Roman but nonetheless...

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Crete Island Hotels

Crete Island Restaurants

  • Food and Drink

    5 out of 5 stars

    Skewered pork meat, a traditional Greek dish. It is served with french fries and there is also chicken, lamb and swordfish souvlaki.Apart from the classic pork souvlaki, you can also try chicken or any other meat. One shop in Athens even serves ostrich souvlaki. All these variations were invented to provide a different taste, and also contain far...

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  • Kehagias Tavern (Stavromenos)

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is an excellent Greek restaurant serving traditional food. The service was great and the staff very friendly. We ordered a variety of meals - the lamb stew was really good, complimentary dessert and raki were served. Highly recommended by our vacation group.

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  • Zorbas Taverna (Gouves)

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of the large Tavernas on the sea road at Gouves, It is a spacious restaurant with a large area at the rear set aside as a bar and swimming pool area. On the other side of the road there is another large seating area for the Restaurant which goes out over the sea. We both ordered Mussels Saganaki for starter's and I ordered Wild Goat...

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Crete Island Nightlife

  • ARMIDA Bar, (Agios Nikolaos)

    You can not miss the Armida bar as it’s the Pirate ship moored in the small harbour near the Tourist Office. We called on board for a drink as it is open during the day as well as at night. it's well worth a visit just for the photo opportunity. The Drinks were not expensive (about average price)

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  • Ammos Bar (Gouves)

    After being shown to our rooms and unpacking it was about 02:00 am but we were not that tired so we decided to go for a walk to see if there were any bars open nearby, a short walk brought us to the sea front and to various bars and tavernas which were still open. After walking along the front we were enticed into this bar by the Greek music. The...

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  • CAFETERIA DESMARIA (Gouves)

    Walking up towards the top end of the main shopping St we called in this bar because our eye was caught by a sea life program on 1 of the 3 TV’s. There were only a few people in and they were sat outside. The lady who served us was very friendly as all Cretans have been and the seating is very comfortable and at €3 for a large beer it was not too...

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Crete Island Transportation

  • Car & Bike Hire

    I had lost my copy of the confirmation email from o kyrios Kafetzakis by the time I reached Iraklion so I had some difficulty finding them but by the time I got there Sonja Kafetzaki was out looking for me. The car was very nice and the service was even better. I have never driven a Citroen before but it was a very pleasant experience and certainly...

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  • Buses

    Airport to Kokkini hani,Gouves,Analipsi,Anissaras,Chersonissos,Stalida,Malia, until Agios Nikolaos,Ierapetra and Sitia.This is a route of a bus from the station.The bus always pass in the airport in a certain time,so its easy if you like to take it to reach to your hotel.From the arrival area walk directly to the gate on your right,you will see a...

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  • Airports and Airtravel

    Heraklions main airport is Heraklion international Airport or Nikos Kazantzakis Airport,named after greek writer & philosopher who is born in Heraklion,Crete and behind the novel 'Zorbas the Greek' Nikos Kazantzakis. It is located about 5 km east of the main city center of Heraklion, near the municipality of Nea Alikarnassos. It is a shared...

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Crete Island Shopping

  • Food

    Ok we are not on holiday to cook and clean but I do like breakfast on the balcony, as we arrived we noticed the supermarkets were all closed being sunday! It was worth our while to drive to Irapetra to shop for the things we would need and use during a 10 day stay. The prices compared to the local shops in Makrigialos were a big saving. Although we...

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  • Markets

    This market has everything from discounted Bags, to Fish to Fruit everything here, All the locals are here , and it is very big and its right by the harbour so i guess all the fresh fish off the ships are put here as well Its a lovely way to spend a morning he famous Cretan products, such as olive oil, wine, raki, honey, and herbs are, of...

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  • Local Crafts

    In Melame town there is a lovely little jewellers selling mainly silver jewelry. They have some beautiful handmade amber jewelry - I got a beautiful bangle with three lumps of amber on it for about £30.

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Crete Island Local Customs

  • Food and Drink

    This tip is not about any one particular restaurant but a comment on our experience of several restaurants in the eastern end of Crete ( all in the Prefecture of Lasithi). All of these eating places were popular with the locals and/or Greeks and had very few, if any other, non-Greek tourists. We tried two in Piskachefalo and two in Monastiraki and...

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  • People

    The evil eye is big in Crete, where I lived for four years, and possibly elsewhere in Greece. If you go into someone's home, don't look too enviously at their things and don't pass too many complements-they believe your jealously an bring them bad luck and will not invite you back. If you see gaudy coloured beads, don't be attracted to them,...

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  • Strange Things

    The story goes that the iron bars sticking out from the roof of many Greek houses are exemptions from taxpaying, as long as the house isn't yet finished but in fact they are exclusively there for the purpose of a later extension of the house. They have NOTHING to do with exemptions from taxpaying . (It's a good story though)! Unfinished buildings...

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Crete Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving on Crete

    Driving in Greece, as any Aussie who has done it will tell you, is different. I thought I’d lay out a few basics of what to expect, mainly pertaining to Crete. How to park: Pull up, switch your engine off, alight from your car; it’s that simple. Doesn’t matter where. Any signs or regulations may be ignored, however, if you happen to be double or...

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  • Walking in the Mountains

    There are some things you should be aware of BEFORE walking Samaria Gorge. 1. Wear sensible footwear - it is rocky the whole way (read uneven). 2.Take something to drink - if it's in summer there may be little water en route. 3. Cut your toenails the night before you go - sounds odd? Trust me, four steep kilometers will bite into your shoes 4. Go...

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  • Etiquette

    There was a problem when we arrived with the wifi in our apartments(soon resolved), it was my granddaughters birthday and I was desperate to skype her. And so we ended up in a beach front cafe that had free wifi,I do speak Greek but find sometimes it is easier to speak English as the Greek will reply in English anyway. So as we sat trying to...

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Crete Island Tourist Traps

  • Excursion's

    prices for 2012 if you need to book with the above, Spinalonga 99 euros premier Taste of Greece of Crete 69 euros Heraklion market 35 euros plus others please expand photo for full list try the local companies will be around 20% cheaper hire a car!!!!

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  • Popular Places

    Usually most popular Cretean beaches are overcrowded in full season. This sometimes can make sunbathing and/or swimming annoying and tiring. Try and find less popular beaches. Ask locals - they're very friendly and know less crowded places. In many cases those beaches are even more picturesque than the popular ones. I suggest that you...

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  • First Choice and Thomson holidays

    prices for 2012 if you need to book with the above, Spinalonga 99 euros premierTaste of Greece of Crete 69 euros Heraklion market 35 eurosplus others please expand photo for full list try the local companies will be around 20% cheaper hire a car!!!!

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Crete Island What to Pack

  • Beach Holidays

    Even if you have a decent base tan the intense Sun on Crete can burn you in no time at all if you don't use sunblock. And if you wait to buy it until you get to Crete the incredibly high prices for it will make you regret not bringing your own. Fortunately we brought plenty, so we did not have to buy any there. Make sure you apply it first thing in...

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  • Exploring Holidays

    backpack cap, shorts, good shoes, sandals, sunglasses, the medicaments, especially when you are allergic to sun like me for example, something against diarrohea if your stomach is sensitive films for the camera or flash memory, the batteries for your cameras, tripod, sun blocker (high numbers especially in you go there in July and August),

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  • Do not take too much!!!

    Backpack or a case on a wheels so you can easily roll it from your car to the hotel.If you are planning to bring back with you Cretan oil, get a small cardboard box and some bubble wrap and plastic bags. You don't want the oil to spill all over your summer dress and on the way in it is a great way to transport your shampoo and stuff to prevent it...

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Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Hidden Beaches

    Leaving Sitia we headed off to the east for Vai the beach with the palm forest. The road to Vai was pretty new and looked like it had been resurfaced which I was glad about as I could imagine it had been one of those roads!! During the 70`s when the hippies were thrown out of matala they made there way to vai, they certainly could pick thier spots!...

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  • Towns and Villages

    Our minds sated with sufficient pictures, we pushed on to Gerakari and stopped for lunch after having our photo taken with some locals. Gerakari is famous for cherries and they do things with them, like put them in bottles in all manner of ways. I had visions of village fare in a rustic setting with local tastes to tempt the palate served by some...

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  • Coastal Places

    Now this is what we had been searching for!! What a beach!! We actually missed the turn off to the beach from Kavousi so stopped on a clifftop to turn round and view the beach. What a stunner!! We couldn't wait to get down there! The road runs alonf the baxck of the curved bay and ends in a tiny harbour. Before this there is a parking area under...

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Crete Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Beaches

    Preveli beach is a ery scenic beach, especially when seen from high up: there's the sea at the front and a river at the back. In one day you can get a salty and a resh water swim. You can also walk along the river and admire the canyon and vegetation, or rent kayaks to go upstream. There's soft sand and may trees for some precious shade. Parking...

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  • Biking the Lassithi plateau

    We had a great time, biking the Lassithi plateau for a few hours. Everything was there: helmet, water, supportcar, good and friendly guides.... And I can tell you, it wasn't easy for Rik and his crew to keep 25 women going... They did a great job, we had a very nice lunch in the middle of nowhere and really experienced Crete in another way. You can...

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  • go rock climbing

    Go rock climbing in Capetaniana, Aghiofaraggo, Aghios Nikolaos, Sitia. Visit www.climbincrete.com for more details. You can climb almost all year round. Crete is also a paradise for canyoners. There are hundreds of canyons to explore. Some of them Like Samaria gorge is just hiking but there are many others that the canyoners will love. Many...

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Crete Island Favorites

  • Exploring the Island

    Cretean spring is beautiful. After months of bad weather, relative cold and rains the plants burst with life. Crete becomes a blooming place and the fresh greens give a great shade against strong sun.

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  • Exploring Cities

    Chania (Hania) is the capital of the Prefecture of the same name and the second biggest town in Crete, with a population of 60.000 inhabitants. As for me Chania is one of the nicest towns in Crete with wonderful houses, parks and squares and a well designed town-plan. Visit Public Market in the town center with grocery stores, butchers' shops,...

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  • Towns and Villages

    Bali is a small, picturesque village between Heraklion and Rethymno. People go there usually when they buy the whole package (flight, hotel, food etc) Bali used to be a fisherman village, but now during the summer it is a family vacation destination. There are few large hotels and many small hotels. Bali has at least 3 beaches with the largest (not...

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