If your idea of summer vacation is crystal clear waters, beautiful nature, amazing things to do, and experience unforgettable moments, then Crete is the island to be.
There’s a whole heap of fantastic things you can do on this Greek island. Yet, it is impressive how it attracts numerous tourists every year, but it still has kept its authentic character.
If you are having doubts about what ‘s the right choice for your next vacation then check out these 5 amazing things to do in Crete, that will allow you to feel its soul and tradition:
1. Samaria Gorge
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll enjoy the mountains on this Greek island. There are three large groups of mountains which create valleys, plateaus, caves, lakes, and gorges. Walking or hiking, whatever makes your adrenaline pumping, you can do it at this wonderful destination
One of the worth things to do in Crete is definitely visiting Samaria Gorge. It is the longest gorge in Europe and offers breathtaking landscape and scenery. Each trail on this gorge offers unique adventure and excitement, and the natural beauty is decorated with amazing flora and fauna and different structures. So, here you can meet some endemic animal species such as the Cretan badger or the spiny mouse.
Besides the beauty of the island’s mountains, Crete has the most stunning villages. Their landscape attracts the attention of all the people visiting the island so you won’t miss them for sure. You’ll feel their tradition while walking around and enjoy the warm hospitality that locals greet you with.
You can start by visiting the Chania Sfakia Village.
Sfakia is the most southern part of Crete Island, of Greece and Europe. If you want to enjoy in peace and tranquility and escape crowds, then this is the right place to be. There are no nightclubs or discos or any crowded and loud places there, no ongoing roads – only nature itself. The sea is crystal clear, and you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The summer here lasts from May to November, so you have plenty of time to experience everything.
The locals of Sfakia spend their time fishing and raising goats, so their special cheese such as anthotiri and mizithra are a must-try!
Enough for the breathtaking land. Let us share some magical beaches among the other things to do in Crete. Its coastline is about 650 miles long, so you can imagine how many beautiful beaches there are. And, there are enough of them for each person’s taste; exotic sandy beaches, lovely nature to enjoy, serenity… can you ask for more?
One of the most beautiful natural beaches on the island is the Elafonissos beach (Island of Deer). It represents a small islet connected to the Crete Island by a shallow reef which can be crossed when there are no waves in the sea. You can reach it by boat from Paleohora or by car from Vathi village.
It is a magical place to be with pink coral sand and crystal clear waters. During the summer period, it can be really crowded, but the good thing is that camping is allowed so you can enjoy this magical sight to the fullest!
Thalassokosmos or CretAquarium is a 60 square hectares aquarium in Heraklion. Quite big, right? Wait until you see what’s there! It’s like diving in an unknown, but wonderful world.
It is mainly dedicated to marine life, so here you can see tanks and different exhibits.
However, as you wander the beautiful corridors here, you will also observe numerous species including sharks that will take your breath away.
This place is especially a must-visit for families with kids since the little ones will have a lot of fun.
5. Knossos Palace
Besides the stunning land and the magical beaches of this Greek Island, some of the things to do in Crete include visiting archeological sites which will take you back in human history.
In Crete, you can find many historical sites, and among them, Knossos Palace is worth mentioning. It is the most magnificent site of the Minoan civilization and represents the residence of the mythical king Minos.
It is the largest archaeological place on Crete Island from the Bronze Age. This palace is related to a lot of legends and myths such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. So, here your imagination will go back hundreds of years ago, especially if you love history this is the perfect place to visit.
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