Crete is an island located in the Mediterranean Sea. It's the largest of the Greek islands and was the centre of the earliest civilization in Europe, the Minoans, of over 4700 years ago. Crete is a highly enjoyable holiday destination, with tourists arriving throughout the year for the warm weather, beautiful beaches and luxurious resort hotels scattered around the island.
Especially popular with tourists are the Archaeological sites of early Minoan ruins and the Venetian Castle at Rethymno. Along with sightseeing, visitors may also enjoy spending time at the Palm Beach of Vai or indulging in water sports such as sailing, diving or snorkelling.
This aquarium specializes in local sea life as well as reptiles from around the world.
Take a tour of the winery to see the process used to make the six labels of wine that they produce. A wine tasting is included with each tour.
The sand is pink and the water is a beautiful emerald green at this beach. You'll find that the water is usually warm enough for comfortable swimming, or you can simply relax on the beach taking in the sun.
Tour the Crete that visitors rarely see. The guide takes you away from typical tour locations to give you a look at the natural beauty of Crete.
Enjoy a tour of the Finikia area from horseback. Riders of all experience levels are welcome as the horses are gentle enough to handle first-timers.
Learn to make Greek bread with local cheeses at this unique workshop. The workshop includes a visit to two dairy farms to pick the cheese, along with a trip to a taverna to make the bread.
This sandy beach borders the largest palm forest in Europe and contains several trails for hiking.
The Old Town is a neighbourhood filled with historic buildings, small shops and restaurants where you can have a delicious meal of authentic Cretan food.
The ruin of the Palace of Knossos was the home of the king of Minos, made famous with the legend of the Minotaur, and is a national monument.
This market located in the centre of town has a wide variety of items for sale, from local crafts to tasty seafood.
Have a taste of some of the best food on the island at this tavern. Prices are low and you'll need to make a reservation to ensure seating.
There's no menu at this Cretan restaurant. Have a seat and you'll be served a delicious meal, consisting of whatever the owner felt like making that day.
Another fine Cretan restaurant, Ferryman Taverna, has great tasting food and a remarkable view of the ocean from the patio.
Treat yourself to a day of pampering at this luxurious spa, offering everything from private meditation rooms to hammam scrubs.
The Hemmingway is a laid-back little bar overlooking the harbour in Sissi. Drop by and relax after a day of sightseeing to watch a beautiful sunset over the sea with a drink in your hand.
The summer is the peak travel period, with both a rise in population and prices. If you wish to miss the summer crowds but still arrive in time to enjoy wonderful weather conditions, then the best time to visit is during the fall. Depending on when you're visiting the island, you may be able to participate in the Chestnut Festival in October or watch the St. Minas Parade in November. The weather in Crete is mild year-round, and in the early fall temperatures tend to remain around 20Â°C during the daytime, dropping to the mid-teens at night.
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