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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.






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
  • 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.




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.



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, Yekaterinburg 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.




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 RethymnoHotel-
Castro HotelA.Papandreou str. 301 Amoudara Gaziou Heraklion 71414 CreteHotel85
Cretasun ApartmentsMakri Gialos SitiaApartment-
Elpida HotelKalo Chorio Ayios Nicolaos, P.O. BOX 26, CreteHotel-
Hotel Pension Rea1 Kalimeraki & Handakos str HeraklionHotel92
Lato Boutique Hotel15 Epimenidou St. 712 02 HeraklionHotel-
Mirabello HotelTheotokopoulou 20 HeraklionHotel87
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 PelagiaHotel98
Rethymno Youth HostelTobazi 41 RethymnoHostel89
Summer LodgePirgos Psilonerou Hania 73014Guesthouse86
The Nicolas of GeorgioupolisVillage Square GeorgioupolisHotel-
ValentinoRethymno RethymnoApartment94
Villa Bellevue-RoomsAghia Pelagia-Lygaria Iraklion-Ergotelus 66Hotel92
Yannis ApartmentsKo 1 - Naxou street Amoudara, HeraklionApartment-
Youth Hostel PlakiasMirthios 74060 RethymnoHostel96
Sirius Apartments43, Demokratias Str HersonissosApartment-
Marni Village8 G. Seferi St. Koutouloufari HersonissosApartment-
Poseidon Hotel54 Poseidonos str., Poros HeraklionHotel-
Matala Dimitris VillaMain Road of MatalaGuesthouse-
At the Cretan SeaAsteri - Sfakaki-StavromenosApartment-
Hotel DelfiniKastelli Kissamos ChaniaHotel-
Hotel AstoriaAgia GaliniHotel-
At the Lybian Sea Plakias Bay StudiosPlakias South GreeceGuesthouse-
Ikaros VillasMakrigialos MakrigialosApartment-
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 13-15Hostel-
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,Apartment-
Hotel Gaia CreteGeorgioupoliHotel-
Melpo Hotel152 Eleftheriou Venizelou, Hersonissos 70014 HeraklionHOTEL-
DIMITRION HOTELChersonissos HersonissosHotel-
Ionio Star HotelKoutsourasHotel-
Mikro VillageXirokambos Agios NikolaosHotel-
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 StalisHOTEL-
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-



Keep Connected


Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.


Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

Accommodation in Crete

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