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The narrow island of Crete, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a landscape inscribed with ancient Minoan history stretching back thousands of years. Discover the captivating cities along the island’s northern shores and explore the white-sand beaches that line the south coast like a string of pearls. Check out historic Venetian architecture, discover archaeological relics and travel through pristine national parks that stretch from mountaintops to pink-sand beaches.
Crete’s biggest city, Heraklion, is a sprawling metropolis with a picturesque old town along its historic port. Find out about Crete’s fascinating heritage at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum or the Natural History Museum. Make your way west along the coastline to find the breathtaking historic towns of Rethymnon and Chania. With its Venetian mansions, labyrinthine alleys and beautiful waterfront, Chania is the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy some of the island’s fantastic dining.
Explore western Crete to find the rugged beauty of the White Mountains, a gleaming mountain range that towers over the townships of the south coast. Hike down the 10-mile (16-kilometer) trail that follows the deep ravine of Samaria Gorge and reach the charming fishing town of Agia Roumeli. Catch a boat to the neighboring town of Lissos to walk among ancient ruins dating back to the 4th century B.C.
At low tide stroll to Elafonisi island where the beach has a shoreline of pale pink quartz sand. Many Cretan beaches are equipped with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Rent a chair and relax with expansive Mediterranean Sea views.
As you travel between townships, you’ll see pretty hillside groves of olive and citrus trees. Stop at a roadside taverna to enjoy fresh local produce and Cretan specialty cheeses. Many restaurants offer a local brandy, raki, to be enjoyed after meals.
Reach Crete by flying into the major airports in Chania or Heraklion. Alternatively, catch a 9-hour ferry from Athens. The climate is warm and dry between mid-May to October, with a peak in tourism between July and August. Visit in spring to see a flourish of wildflowers across the mountainous landscape.
Very friendly and helpful staff, excellent location for using local public bus to Knossos and for Archaeology Museum, as well as for bus to other towns. Not far from ferry port either (7Euros in taxi).
Beautiful historic building with elegant rooms that are very comfortable.
The architecture is unique & beautiful. The staff are neat and smily and notice your needs all the time. The breakfast is one of the best in resorts. The room is very clean.
Beautiful place nice people I was pleased breakfast is abundant and delicious
Beautiful clean first class resort - The food was excellent in all the restaurants, pools crystal clear, good choice of drinks and fine service from all members of staff. Being Adult only the resort was very relaxing with no noisy children to disturb you. Only 25 mins from the airport meant you're ...
Great pool area and breakfast. Helpful staff and very clean. The rooms were smaller than expected, but had the correct sleeping arrangements.
Amazing staff and incredible food. Didn't like the reservation system for the a la carte restaurants.
The best hotel we ever stayed in, in terms of service. Excellent service from the minute you pass through the parking gates, from all staff members through all the facilities. Very clean, great views, spacious rooms (and we've stayed in the basic one). There is a feeling of privacy even if there ...