Being the largest island of Greece, Crete has been serving as one of the most popular Greek destinations for travellers from the whole wide world. Home to the ancient Minoan civilization, the history of this island dates back even further than the ancient Greek civilization. With its rich history and culture, the island of Crete is also blessed with beautiful landscapes, varied terrain and wonderful beaches which make it a perfect destination for almost anyone. Just book one of the luxurious Crete rentals, visit the island and you can be sure to have one of the most memorable vacations ever. This Greek destination is full attractions and there are a ton of things for you to enjoy. To get you started, here are some of the best things which you must try out when you spend your vacation in Crete.
1. Learn some history at the Palace of
Located near the capital city of Crete, Heraklion, the ancient city of Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site which you can visit on Crete. This ancient city used to serve as the capital of the ancient Minoan civilization, and it has also been called the oldest city of Europe. The Palace of Knossos is one of the most iconic and historic sites you can visit here in Crete. You will get to see a lot of artefacts dating back to the Minoan time, earn all about their history and culture while you are here.
2. Take a bath at Balos Beach
Located on the west side of the island of Crete, the Balos Beach is one of the most touristy yet most beautiful beaches you will get to visit while you are in Crete. Although crowded with tourists, the sheer beauty of this beach makes it one of the best place to visit while you are here. The different hues of blue in the water here will surely lure you in, and it will be a shame if you do not take a bath in these waters. Spend your day relaxing at the beach, soak in the sun and enjoy your time crowd watching.
3. Live the bling life at Elounda
Popular as the resort hub of Crete, Elounda gives you a taste of the high life and luxurious living. The whole area is lined with luxurious resorts and villas, and it is the perfect place to stay if you are coming to Crete for a romantic getaway with your partner. There is a really nice, quiet, tucked-away pebble beach after the line of resorts ends. The water is really calm and clear here, and you can spend your whole day relaxing, watch the magnificent view of the ocean or go for a swim in the water.
4. See the Lasithi Windmills
The Lasithi Windmills are one of the most spectacular sights that you can see while you are in Crete. Although not too popular among the general tourists, this will be the perfect attraction for you to check out if you are looking for some offbeat experiences. Head over to Lasithi Plateau to check out these beautiful old windmills. Although most of these windmills are not working, there are still quite a few mills which have the traditional white sails on them.
5. Spend some romantic time on the pink
sand of Elafonisi Beach
Elafonisi Beach is one of the most unique beaches you can visit while you are in Crete. The beautiful pink sand makes it stand out from the other beaches you can visit here. The beach is not very crowded, and the beautiful pink sand makes it the perfect place to visit with your loved one. If you are visiting the island for a romantic vacation, make sure that you spend at least one day here at Elafonisi Beach.
6. Hike at the Samariá Gorge
The Samariá Gorge National Park is one of the main attractions on the island of Crete. This 16 kilometres long gorge is one of longest gorges you can find in Europe. Hiking through this beautiful gorge is simply a must when you travel to Crete. You will get to see some of the most wonderful vistas of the snow-covered mountains and the rugged terrain when you hike through Samariá Gorge. However, be prepared to encounter some strong challenges on your road and don’t forget to carry enough water with you.
7. Go for a winery tour
Crete is popular for its beautiful wine, and most of its wineries are located near the city of Heraklion. The surrounding villages located just a short distance away from the capital city, and you can go for a wine-tasting tour in any of these wineries. You will get to walk through the vineyards, learn all about their wine making process and also get to taste some of the best wines that you can get in Crete.
8. Eat some Greek food
Greece is famous for its cuisine, and the island of Crete will not disappoint you in any way in terms of food. If you are a foodie, you will be in or a treat while you spend your time in Crete. The streets if the Cretan cities and villages are lined with beautiful restaurants, cafes and eateries. You will get to taste some of the most authentic Greek delicacies in these restaurants.
9. Enjoy the parties in Malia
Malia is known as the party town of Crete and it is the ideal place for you to be if you are looking for some fun. The night-long parties, the ever-flowing drinks and the heart thumping music will surely get you grooving.
10. Lose yourself in the streets of Rethymno
The beautiful coastal town of Rethymno has arguably the best nightlife in Crete, however, the town is much more than just its parties. The cobbled streets, the winding alleyways, the colourful buildings and the ancient ruins, everything about the town make it one extremely attractive place to visit. Wander through the narrow streets and spend your time shopping, eating or clicking pictures.