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GENERAL INFO

Crete Map

Main town: Heraklion
Port: 2km from Heraklion
Airport: 5km from Heraklion
Knossos Palace: 7km from Heraklion
Chania: 142km (2hr drive) from Heraklion
Rethymnon: 80km (1.15hr) from Heraklion

Known for:

  • Unspoiled mountain villages
  • A wealth of historical monuments
  • Heraklion – a bustling picturesque town, close to Knossos Palace and Phaistos Palace
  • Chania – a romantic place to stroll around, with medieval architecture, elegant mansions and a wonderful Venetian port. All beaches have crystal water and each one offers a unique experience
  • Rethymnon – on the western side of Crete, between Chania and Heraklion. Full of beautiful beaches, archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, quaint villages and cosmopolitan resorts.

Getting There From Piraeus:
Ferry - 10 hours
Hydrofoil - N/A
Air - 1hr

Beaches:
From Heraklion:
Tobruk (large beach, watersports, popular, 4km)
Amoudara (family-friendly, watersports, 5km)

From Chania:
Loutraki (family-friendly, crystal, shallow water, 12km)
Agioi Apostoloi (family-friendly, popular in summer, 3km)

From Rethymnon:
Platanias (popular, soft sand, 4km)

Ideal Customer:
All groups - couples, singles, families. Great for history lovers, and those wanting more than just beaches.

Where to Stay:
Heraklion:
• Makes a good base as there are options for day tours from here
• Lion Square is in the centre of town
• Apart from shopping and the designer clothes on Daedalou Street, there are many small shops off all the main streets.
• It’s not picturesque like Chania or Rethymnon (some areas are a little rough and ugly) but it has a Greek flavour that many of the tourist towns lack. Also home to the best museum in Crete, and the must-see Knossos Palace is just outside the city

Chania:
• Chania is beautiful and charming
• If you want to be in the centre of activities, Georgioupoli, Agia Marina, Platanias, and Kalives are some of the most popular tourist spots. These places are close to organized beaches and have many tourist facilities. Maleme and Kissamos are quieter places to stay.
• If you are looking for something more secluded, then head to the southern side of the region, where Chania hotels are smaller and with more family facilities. Try Paleochora, Sfakia, and Frangokastello – they have a relaxing atmosphere and nice beaches.

Rethymnon:
• Rethymnon is a less-polished, less-touristy version of Chania
• The northern coasts are more developed than the southern coasts. Bali, Panormos, Gerani and Adelianos Kampos are great beaches that get very popular during summer.
• Agia Galini and Plakias in the southern side of Rethymnon are perfect for peace and quiet. They are both small fishing villages with an authentic character.

Insider's Tips

  1. Heraklion – Palace of Knossos: most famous Minoan site in Greece
  2. Heraklion – Archaeological Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Minoan Art
  3. Chania – Venetian lighthouse originally built by the Venetians in the 16th century
  4. Rethymnon – The Fortezza of Rethymnon was constructed in 1573