Crete island


Fall for Crete

Visiting Crete in autumn can turn into a special holiday experience! The sea remains the dominant element, yet you will find equally fascinating the mountains and fertile plains on the island. This is the ideal time of year to explore the wonders of Cretan nature, hike on Mt. Psiloreitis, cross breathtaking ravines and visit its caves. Fall invites us to leave the beach and head towards the inland; visit picturesque traditional villages, beautiful vineyards next to olive groves, feel the magic of nature and see its awe-inspiring historical monuments. So, this month:

·         let’s experience autumn in wonderful Crete 

·         let’s explore Rethymno, wear our helmet and go road or mountain biking - just pick any from the list of 22 routes for all levels 

·         let’s visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, a recently renovated museum housing relics from the Minoan Civilisation 

·         let’s take a romantic stroll down the Venetian harbour of Chania and be seduced by its historic and architectural charm 

·         let’s get an idea about Google’s Grow Greek Tourism online project that started in Crete, supported by Visit Greece #fall4crete campaign 

·         let’s watch Visit Greece’s new video titled “Moments in Crete”.

In Crete, autumn is the summer’s worthy rival. Choose this time of year for your holidays on the island and you won’t regret it!

Go for a short stay in Crete and discover the largest Greek island, located in the Mediterranean Sea. During a weekend in Crete, you can enjoy the hospitality of its inhabitants and spend days in a mild climate throughout the year. Visit the archeological sites dating from antiquity such as the Palace of Knossos and the Archeological Museum of Heraklion. The city of Heraklion is famous for its small cafes and craft traditions and for its
Rainbow beaches The Heraklion area’s bragging rights begin with its beaches. The stretches of sand in this central part of Crete’s north coast are impossible to pigeon hole – they range from the lively 18 to 30s hangouts in Malia to the rugged bays of the deserted island, Dia. Heraklion is the administrative capital of Crete and the fourth largest city in Greece. Unlike Chania and Rethymno, it is a modern city, rebuilt after brutal bombing in World War Two. Over time, the city has been the slave-trade capital of the eastern Mediterranean, a Byzantine fortress town, a Venetian haven, and after a period of Turkish Rule, became the capital of Crete in 1971. It is not as charming as the other major centres in Greece, but there is a lot to offer in and around the town. There is a good chance that if you are visiting from abroad that Heraklio may be your first stop. The international airport, named after Nikos Kazantzakis , the author of Zorba the Greek. Many famous and infamous people have called the city home over time, including the painter, El Greco.
Chania Creta Island Chania is the capital of Crete’s most western province, the second largest town on the island and argueably the most beautiful city on Crete. Divided into a number of areas, the old part of town is a mix of colourful old Venetian mansions and winding laneways. Labyrinth like and evocative, colourful and crumbling, it is a city for adventurers and romantics.
Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete, and like Hania, takes its name and ambiance from the Venetians, with its narrow, colourful streets, daring balconies and atmospheric waterfront. It also has a beach in the city, which an added attraction not found in the other major Cretan centres.






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