5 Reasons Why Crete Should be Your Next Holiday Destination

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Crete is the largest Greek island and it offers something that is suited to everyone, from beautiful beaches, mountains, plenty of tourist destinations and even amazing nightlife. When you are in Crete, you will never be stuck for things to do because there is such a wide variety of activities you can take part in across the island. Find out why Crete should be your next holiday destination below.


In Crete, you can visit some of the most gorgeous beaches with breath-taking views, crystal clear waters as well as white and in some cases even pink sands! Whether you are going to Crete for a peaceful holiday, the excellent nightlife or even a sightseeing holiday it is a necessity to visit the wonderful beaches across Crete. There are so many beaches in Crete to visit, however the best beaches you should definitely visit are; Istro, in Lassithi, Elafonissi in Chania and Balos also located in Chania.

Istro beach is located in Lassithi and is close to the town of Agios Nikolaos. This beach has golden coloured sands crystal waters. Istro beach is a great family beach because it has a great family environment.

Elafonissi Beach, Chania is one of the most spectacular beaches in Crete. This beach has crystal clear waters with beautiful white and pink sands. There are very few pink sand beaches in the world which makes this beach very popular with tourists.

Balos Beach is another one of the most popular beaches in Chania. This beach has gorgeous white sands and almost transparent waters. This beach also has a castle which you can visit with amazing views.

If you want to stay near to one of these beaches, then you should make sure to check out the luxury villas in Crete. These villas come with views of the beach and private pools. Make sure to check these out here:

Nightlife in Crete

Across Greece, there are many party areas where you can find great nightlife. If you are looking for a fun holiday with your friends then Crete is the place for you. The town of Rethymno in Crete has a great selection of clubs, bars and other venues to choose from which means if you go out looking for a party atmosphere you will more than likely be able to find it. If you are looking for some more lively nightlife an hour away in a taxi you have the wilder nightlife in Malia where you can expect bigger parties, bigger nightclubs and a crazier atmosphere.

Attractions to Visit in Crete

Crete is home to many amazing attractions which include mountains, museums and ancient Greek ruins. The most well-known and number 1 tourist attraction in Crete is the Palace of Knossos this palace was built roughly between 1700 BC – 1400 BC and had a number of different rooms.

Another interesting place to visit in Crete is the Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This is one of the most popular museums in Greece because there are so many things to see. For example, you can see pieces of artwork, statues and many different exhibits dating back to the late Roman Periods.

Rethymnon Old Towns are another popular place to visit in Crete. In this town, you can see the unique Greek architecture from the remaining buildings and you can also visit the Fortezza Caste that was built in 1590.

Outdoor Activities in Crete

From boat tours to snorkeling and scuba diving as well as nature and wildlife tours, there are many things to do in Crete. If you are looking for a fun day out then you can choose from a wide range of fun outdoor activities.

In Crete, there are many boat tours to choose from with a number of great things to see at reasonable prices. You could visit an island for the day and you can explore the island and from the boat.  With the boat tours, you can also go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters as well as soak up the sun.

If you would like to take part in wildlife tours then there are plenty to choose from in Crete. At these wildlife tours, you can explore the wildlife that is found all over Crete as well as stop for some lunch on the trip.

Enjoy the Food

Some of the best food in the world originates from Greece. There are so many restaurants in Crete where you can try some of the best-tasting dishes in the world! In Crete you should expect to eat at times you may not be used to because in Greece many of the locals don’t start eating dinner until around 9 pm.

Make sure to visit Crete this year to experience this special island.

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1 Comment

  • Elisa

    Okay, I’m ready to pack my bags! This article makes Crete so tempting! I think my number one would have to be the beaches!

    February 19, 2019 at 11:05 am Reply
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