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Introduction

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Crete is more than just an island of Greece. It's more of a country with its own music, culture, dance and dialect. It is the largest island of the country and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea, at 8336 square kilometres. Apart from a few rocks south of the island, Crete is also the southernmost island of Greece and the weather can be warm even during winter. Its landscape and culture are very diverse. Add to that an unmistakable party culture in parts of the island, like Chersonisos, and it is clear why this is a favourite destination for so many people.

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Cities

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Sights and Activities

  • Ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos.
  • Venetian fortresses of Rethymo.
  • Amari Valley.
  • Monasteries (Arkadi, Triada, Preveli) with interesting histories
  • Lasithi Plateau
  • Palekastro area in Eastern Crete
  • The White Mountains, Crete's largest mountain range, with more than 100 gorges, and peaks of over 2,500 metres.
  • Paleochora
  • Bali village close to Sises

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  • The Roman archaeological site of Gortys
  • Samaria Gorge.
  • Frangokastello - A haunted castle by the sea.
  • Elafonisi - turquoise waters surrounding a stunning islet reached by a sandy peninsula.
  • Old mosques and Byzantine monasteries.
  • The cave that is the legendary birthplace of Zeus.
  • The Venetian port of Chania, with also Turkish architecture.

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Weather

Crete has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Summers from May to September are warm, sunny and very dry. Temperatures are mostly around 30 degrees Celsius though can be well over 40 during some days. Nights are well above 20 degrees Celsius. Winters last from December to February when it's around 15 degrees Celsius during the day and around 10 degrees at night. Mountainous areas are both cooler and wetter, though rain is scarce throughout the year, with a total of around 500mm a year. The wintermonths are the wettest though regional variations exist.

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Getting There

By Plane

Heraklion International Airport (HER) has many flights. Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways mainly serve the British market, while Hamburg International Airlines, TuiFly, Air Berlin and Condor serve the German market. Easyjet has flights to/from Berlin, London and Manchester. Eurocypria has many flights as well including to Polish cities like Poznan, Krakow and Warsaw.
Other destinations include Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Malta, Paris, Prague, Brussels, Tallinn, Geneva, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Budapest, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinenburg and many Greek Islands and of course Athens and Thessaloniki.

By Boat

Crete has ports at Heraklion, Souda (for Chania), Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Kissamos.
Ferry services go to/from Athens (Piraeus) to Heraklion, Rethymno and Chania and from Thessaloniki and the Cyclades to Heraklion.

Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Alkionis BeachSfa 3 SfakakiHotel-
Argoulias Traditional ApartmentsTzermiado, Oropedio, LassithiouHotel-
Arolithos Traditonal Cretan Village-HotelArolithos P.O Box 2032 Neo Stadio HeraklionHotel-
Artemis ApartmentsKato Gouves 71307 HeraklioApartment-
Australia HotelApollonias 28Hotel-
AxosMaxis Kritis 167, Platananias RethymnoHotel90
Castro HotelA.Papandreou str. 301 Amoudara Gaziou Heraklion 71414 CreteHotel-
Cretasun ApartmentsMakri Gialos SitiaApartment90
Elpida HotelKalo Chorio Ayios Nicolaos, P.O. BOX 26, CreteHotel-
Hotel Pension Rea1 Kalimeraki & Handakos str HeraklionHotel86
Lato Boutique Hotel15 Epimenidou St. 712 02 HeraklionHotel-
Mirabello HotelTheotokopoulou 20 HeraklionHotel88
NakliMoschoviti 24-26Guesthouse-
Nikolas apartmentsko 6 Amoudara HeraklionApartment-
Oleander Studios & ApartmentsMachis Kritis 192 PlatanesApartment-
Papadakis ApartmentsPO Box:125,GR 74100 Rethymnon, Crete, Greece GR 73007 GeorgioupolisHotel-
Pension House MargotPalekastro SitiaHotel-
Renia Hotel-ApartmentsAgia PelagiaHotel87
Rethymno Youth HostelTobazi 41 RethymnoHostel90
Summer LodgePirgos Psilonerou Hania 73014Guesthouse92
The Nicolas of GeorgioupolisVillage Square GeorgioupolisHotel-
ValentinoRethymno RethymnoApartment89
Villa Bellevue-RoomsAghia Pelagia-Lygaria Iraklion-Ergotelus 66Hotel85
Yannis ApartmentsKo 1 - Naxou street Amoudara, HeraklionApartment-
Youth Hostel PlakiasMirthios 74060 RethymnoHostel94
Sirius Apartments43, Demokratias Str HersonissosApartment-
Marni Village8 G. Seferi St. Koutouloufari HersonissosApartment90
Poseidon Hotel54 Poseidonos str., Poros HeraklionHotel84
Matala Dimitris VillaMain Road of MatalaGuesthouse85
At the Cretan SeaAsteri - Sfakaki-StavromenosApartment-
Hotel DelfiniKastelli Kissamos ChaniaHotel-
Hotel AstoriaAgia GaliniHotel-
At the Lybian Sea Plakias Bay StudiosPlakias South GreeceGuesthouse-
Ikaros VillasMakrigialos MakrigialosApartment90
Marinos Beach HotelMachis Kritis 194 PlatanesHotel-
Agrabella Hotel Crete26 Eleftherias Street ChersonissosHotel-
Crystal Hotel CreteNissi Agios NikolaosHotel-
Halepa Hotel CreteEl Venizelou 164Hotel-
Kamari Hotel CreteKokkini HaniHotel-
Matala Bay Hotel CreteMatala HeraklionHotel-
Nefeli Hotel Crete47 Zimvrakakidon StreetHotel-
Ormos Hotel CreteAgios Nikolaos LassithiHotel-
Life Hotel CreteIkarou Road 50 HeraklionHotel-
Olympic Hotel CreteKornarou Square HeraklionHotel-
Marin Dream Hotel Crete12 Doukos Beaufort Street HeraklionHotel-
Ageri Hotel6 Louvari Nik. Str. TinosHotel-
Akali Hotel Crete55 Kissamou Street ChaniaHotel-
Regina HostelTheotokopoulo 13-15Hostel88
Helidonia VillasAg. Dimitrios / Pigi RethymnoApartment-
Daidalos VillasMakrigialosApartment-
The Traditional Homes and Villas of CreteMonis Agarathou 22Apartment-
Galini Beach HotelTelonio Beach KissamosHotel-
Venus ApartmentsInh. Manolis Yanoussakis Machis Kritis 192, Rethymno,Apartment91
Hotel Gaia CreteGeorgioupoliHotel-
Melpo Hotel152 Eleftheriou Venizelou, Hersonissos 70014 HeraklionHOTEL-
ORION HOTELMatalaHotel-
DIMITRION HOTELChersonissos HersonissosHotel-
Ionio Star HotelKoutsourasHotel-
Mikro VillageXirokambos Agios NikolaosHotel90
Maravel Land HotelAdelianos Kampos RethymnonHotel-
Maravel Sky HotelAdelianos Kampos RethymnoHotel-
Maravel Sky ApartmentAdelianos Kampos RethymnonApartment-
KYMA BEACH HOTELAgnostou Stratioti sqr. RethymnonHotel-
Hotel KrystalKapetan Sifi 17 - Sitia CreteHotel-
Socrates Hotel Malia BeachBeach Road StalisHOTEL84
Oasis Hotel - LoutroLoutro SfakiaHOTEL-
Daidalos MaisonnettesMakrigialos Sitia CreteAPARTMENT-
George ApartmentsAmoudaraAPARTMENT-
Villa MarilenaKolivari ,MarathokefalaApartment-
Lemonia ApartmentsSirili,APARTMENT-
Latania HotelStalida MaliaHOTEL-
Classic AptsAnissaras HersonissosAPARTMENT-
Aptera HotelAptera Apokoronou, Box 411HOTEL-
Hotel AthineZambeliou 24 Chania Old Town CreteHotel-
Notos Hotel & Suites MaliaPavlou Mela 61,Hotel-
Amalthia Beach ResortAgia MarinaHOTEL-
Marin Dream HeraklionEpimenidou 46HOTEL-
CHC Galini Sea View Hotel - ChaniaAgia MarinaHOTEL-
Villa JasonMalemeAPARTMENT-
Nicolas Villas - Agia PelagiaAgia PelagiaHOTEL-
Marina Hotel - AnogeiaAnogeia Milopotamou, AnoegiaHOTEL-
Club Lyda - GouvesGouvesHOTEL-
Blue StarOn 5Km from Ierapetra to Sitia Ierapetra,LasithiHOTEL-
Villa Apollonia APTSAgia Pelagia , Heraklion , CreteAPARTMENT-
Margarita Hostel & StudiosLyktou 3, PiskopianoHOSTEL-
Rea Hotel - Agios Nikolaos10 Marathonos & Milatou StrHOTEL-
Marirena Hotel - AmmudaraAndrea Papandreou 120 & Naxou 8 GaziHOTEL-
Coriva BeachIerapetra IerapetraHOTEL-
Niriides ApartmentsBali CreteHOTEL-
Mistral Mare HotelIstron - Ag. Nikolaos Lasithiou IstroHOTEL-
Stone VillageBali Rethymno CreteGUESTHOUSE-
Arco Baleno ApartmentsKastrinaki & FestouAPARTMENT-
Pension Mylos - Crete24, Sarolidi str.GUESTHOUSE-
Vlachakis beachStalis HeraklionAPARTMENT-
Arlen Beach HotelHersonissosHotel-
Bali ParadiseBali RethymnoHOTEL-
Elgoni ApartmentsPiskopiano HersonissosAPARTMENT-
Sitia Beach city resort & spaKARAMALI AVENUEHotel-
Galini ApartmentsAnalipsi HeraklionAPARTMENT-
Elpis ApartmentsBali RethymnoAPARTMENT-

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