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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.
A: If discovering the hidden gems around the region of Chania or elsewhere is your top priority this holiday, renting a car is a good move. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Crete, you can pick up the keys to a great set of wheels and journey around the countryside whenever you like. If you're planning to spend a large part of your time in the cities of Chania or Ierapetra, public transportation (or ride-sharing) is an excellent way of getting from A to B.
A: While there are several airports in Crete, there's a good chance you'll be landing at one of these top international terminals:
A: Zip up your suitcase and enjoy a stay at one of the high-quality hotels. They're one of the most frequently booked accommodation. Apart-hotels, apartments and villas are also easy to find in Crete.
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A: You'll have plenty of choices — Gorge of Diktamou, Volos Shelter and Kalathas Beach are some you could start with. These frequently visited landmarks are located in Chania.
If your travel itinerary features Ierapetra instead, Kales Fortress, Museum of Cretan Ethnology and Koutsounari Long Beach are all fabulous choices.
Or, for some new experiences, discover the reason why Valley of the Dead, Sitia Archaeological Museum and Xerokambos Gorge are well-liked attractions for people travelling to Sitia.
Everything was excellent. Great venue, beautiful landscape around the resort, the sea a couple of metres away from the room. The staff is very friendly and servicial. Strongly recommend Kiani Beach Resort.
A superb place for a family holiday. The staff are great and the Entertainment Team are outstanding. There was a decent choice of food, and plenty of it. The only let down, was the salt water pools. As the water evaporates, the salt doesn't. Leaving a really salty pool that stings your eyes.
We were a family of 3, and we were amazing! The food, the pools, the view from the room, Everything was sweet to us We highly recommend.
A very good downtown hotel at an excellent price. It is very centrally located in the best spot in Heraklion and has a great cafe to enjoy a meal or a coffee. I stay there whenever I’m in town.
very clean and welcoming hotel, close to the beach and a short walk along the front to town. Very good breakfast and a buffet dinner available. Helpful and polite staff. Would definitely use again
Pleasantly surprised by this hotel and Heraklion. Very nice property, great service, excellent location really close to everything. Amazing walking area with tons of restaurants, shops etc. Great value. Very pleased.
Great place to stay. Well maintained. Staff excellent, can't fault them. Would go again.