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01-11-2016 / Guide

Top 10 places that you need to see on Crete

Łukasz Rosa

Photo by Robert Linsdell

Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, 88th-largest island in the world and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. - Read more in Wikipedia.

10. Lake Kournas

Lake Kournas is a lake on the island of Crete, Greece, near the village of Kournas. It is in the Apokoronas municipality of Chania regional unit close to the border with Rethymno regional unit, 47 km from the town of Chania. - Read more in Wikipedia.

Photo of Lake Kournas - Aeleftherios

9. Chania

Is the second largest city of Crete and the capital of the Chania regional unit. It lies along the north coast of the island, about 70 km (43 mi) west of Rethymno and 145 km (90 mi) west of Heraklion. - Read more in Wikipedia.

Phoyo of Chania Lake - Bruce Harlick

8. Dictaean Cave

The Dictaean Cave is famous in Greek mythology as the place where Amalthea, nurtured the infant Zeus with her goat's milk. The archaeology attests to the site's long use as a place of cult worship.

Photo of Dictaean Cave - Jerzy Strzelecki

7. Samariá Gorge

The Samariá Gorge is a National Park of Greece since 1962 on the island of Crete – a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World's Biosphere Reserve. - Read more in Wikipedia.

Photo of Samariá Gorge - Jarno

6. Rethymno

Is a city of approximately 40,000 people in Greece, the capital of Rethymno regional unit on the island of Crete. It was originally built during the Minoan civilization (ancient Rhithymna and Arsinoe), but was never a competitive Minoan centre. - Wikipedia.

Photo of Rethymno - Read more in Robert Young

5. Balos

It is considered the most beautiful beach from all that can be found in Crete. Located in north-western part of the island. You can get there from from Kissamos by boat in about an hour.

Photo of Balos - Matteo Martinello

4. Knossos Palace Complex

The features of the palace depend on the time period. Currently visible is an accumulation of features over several centuries, the latest most dominant. The palace was thus never exactly as depicted today. In addition, it has been reconstituted in modern materials. - Read more in Wikipedia.

Photo of Knossos Palace Complex- Richard Martin

3. Agios Nikolaos

Is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete, lying east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. - Read more in Wikipedia.

Zdjęcie Agios Nikolaos - Gervasio Varela

2. Spinalonga

The island of Spinalonga, is located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete, in Lasithi, next to the town of Plaka. The island is further assigned to the area of Kalydon. It is near the Spinalonga peninsula ("large Spinalonga") – which often causes confusion as the same name is used for both. The official Greek name of the island today is Kalydon. - Wikipedia.

Photo of Spinalonga- Dmitry Kirillov

1. Vai

The palm beach of Vai (Greek: Βάι) is one of the largest attractions of the Mediterranean island of Crete. It features the largest natural palm forest in Europe, made up of Cretan Date Palm (Phoenix theophrasti). - Read more in Wikipedia.

Photo of Vai- Guillaume Richer

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