Explore Crete

Explore Crete


Suggested Itineraries

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NEARBY ISLANDS

  • Chrissi Island
  • Chrissi, also known as Gaidouronisi ("donkey island"), is an uninhabited island in the Libyan Sea approximately 8 miles south of Ierapetra town. It covers a total area of 4,743 km² with a maximum length of 4,900 m and maximum width of 1,600m. The island is of unparalleled exotic beauty with countless shells, emerald waters, white dunes, golden beaches, and great marine wealth. The emblematic century-old cedar forest (Juniperus macrocarpa) that covers approximately 350 acres of the island along with the rare species of flora and fauna make it a habitat of unique value and a protected area of the Natura 2000 network.
  • Access to the island is made by daily cruises from Ierapetra.
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Koufonissi Island

An uninhabited island in the Libyan sea, also known as Lefki, 3 miles south of Goudouras, with beautiful sandy beaches, white rocks, and crystal blue waters. The excavations on the island revealed several ruins from the Minoan and Roman era and a 1000-seat Greco-Roman theater indicating that the island was densely populated until the late Roman years. The island is a Natura 2000 protected area and due to its archaeological wealth has been characterized as "little Delos".

Access to the island is made by regular cruises from Makrygialos.

 

Spinalonga Island

The small 85-acre island of Spinalonga or Kalydona is located in the gulf of Elounda, opposite the picturesque village of Plaka. During the Venetian rule, the island was fortified by the Venetians in a highly aesthetic way, both constructional and architectural. From 1903 to 1957 the island functioned as a Leprosy Hospital. In 1970, Spinalonga was declared an archaeological site. The history of Spinalonga and its role as "The Island of Lepers" has been captured in novels, TV series, and one short movie, and attracts many visitors every year.

The island is accessed by daily cruises from Plaka, Elounda, and Agios Nikolaos.

Nearby Beaches

Beaches along the way to Sitia
  • Agia Fotia - Achlia
  • Makry Gyalos - Kalamokanias 
  • Staousa - Xerokabos 
  • Hiona - Kato Zakros
  • Kouremenos - Vai 
Beaches along the way to Agios Nikolaos
  • Voulisma - Istron Bay
  • Havania  -  Skisma
  • Almyros  -  Kitroplateia

CRETAquarium

CRETAquarium, 15 km east of Heraklion in the area of ​​Gournia, reveals a magical, wonderful world, so familiar yet so unknown to us: The underwater world of the Mediterranean, a sea that gave birth to so many civilizations and attracts millions of visitors each year.

CRETAquarium is open daily throughout the year including public holidays and can be accessed by car, hotel transfer, or public transportation.

Cultural and Natural Sights

  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum
  • Zakros Water Museum 
  • Diktaeon Andro or Psychro Cave in Lassithi
  • Waterfall of Milona
  • Sarakina Gorge 
  • Trapeza or Kronio Cave in Lassithi
  • Milatos Cave
  • Ha Gorge
  • Richti Gorge
  • Gorge of the Dead, Zakros
  • Homo Sapiens Museum, Kera
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