The largest island of Greece, Crete claims to be the first European civilization made by the Minoan on Crete from 3000-1400 BC, which was at its peak of prosperity from 2000-1500 BC when the famously recreated palaces at Knossos were built.Crete’s main industry, easily overshadowing traditional agriculture, is tourism, predominantly of the package variety. However, by going a little off the beaten track and into the rugged splendour of the White Mountains, we escape the vast majority of the holidaymakers to meet the tough mountain people, with whom we share a lively discussion on our way.
Chania is the capital of the prefecture of Hania, located in the north eastern part of the prefecture and built on the ruins of ancient Kidonia. Many support that it is the most beautiful and the most picturesque city in Crete and in Greece, and many cultural events take place each year.
The airport is at Akrotiri and the Port of Souda is the largest in the Mediterranean.
Downtown you can see the Municipal Market, with cross-shaped,which built with the standard of the market in Marseilles. The picturesque Venetian harbor is attraction for visitors and locals, both for the beauty and for the choices of entertainment for all tastes and requirements. The old city within the walls retain their Venetian nobility, narrow paved alleys are surrounded with tasteful renewed houses, which leading to the Venetian port and offers a pleasant walk. The Venetian harbor has a lot of restaurants cafes and tourist shops.
In the northwest corner of Crete is the peninsula of Gramvousa, there located the magnificent beach of Balos, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean. It has very fine white sand and red, while in the center there is a small lagoon with clear turquoise waters.
Beach Elafonisi according to public opinion the most beautiful beaches the island of Crete. Elafonisi lies on the south side of the island of Crete, the beach itself is divided smaller island, which is connected to the mainland. Elafonisi is a common objective of tourists who came to Crete. Elafonisi is the most beautiful in the evening hours, when you have it almost all to itself.
The beach Falasarna lies northwest of Crete, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete and in Greece. He has white sand with turquoise crystal clear water, it has the most majestic sunset in Crete
About 75 Km from Chania on the south part of Crete (Libyan sea) is located Paleochora (or Paliohora) behind a Venetian castle on a small peninsula. Below the castle there is a small fishing harbour and an islet to the Southwest. Daily boat connection exist with Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Hora Sfakion, Loutro and Elafonisi. Finally there is a boat to Gavdos, Europe’s southest spot..
SFAKIA – LOUTRO
This is the southernmost part of Europe, still the wildest and most natural part of Crete, once the cradle of european culture, today a place to recover away from masstourism, surrounded by the lybian sea and home country of people, whose hospitality is legendary.
The gorge of Samaria is the second most popular tourist attraction in Crete (after the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular walk. More than a quarter million people walk through the gorge every year from beginning of May to the end of October.
The reason for the popularity of Samaria may be that it is said to be the longest gorge in Europe, it may also simply be that it is an area of stunning natural beauty, passing through forests of ancient cypresses and pines, then cutting very deep between vertical cliffs through the mountains to emerge at Agia Roumeli by the Libyan sea in the South of Crete.
Rethymno is the third largest city of Crete.From the high mountains until the beautiful beaches somebody can see scattered around the county, monasteries, churches, archaeological sites, Venetian castles and Turkish monuments and of course the real treasure of Rethymno, the residents. In small villages, still maintain the welcoming spirit and have a wonderful legacy with festivities, music and art.
HERAKLION – KNOSSOS
The prefecture of Heraklion is located in the central part of the island of Crete. from east bordering with Lasithi and west with the prefecture of Rethymno, north there is the Cretan Sea and south there is the Libyan Sea. The Prefecture of Heraklion is the largest of the 4 prefectures of Crete, Heraklion is the capital of the prefecture. It has many remarkable places and many beautiful beaches you can visit, it has also very important archaeological sites like Knossos, Phaistos and Malia
The prefecture of Lassithi is the easternmost part of the island. The capital of the Prefecture is Agios Nikolaos and is built along the harbor in the picturesque bay of Mirabello.Registered trademark of St. Nicholas is Voulismeni Lake which communicates with the sea with a beautiful bridge.
It is a very picturesque part with many outdoor cafes and restaurants along the coast. It has also some other places you can visit like the city of Elounda, Ierapetra, Sissi and Sitia. The county, however, offers quiet beaches as the Vai palm forest, the island of Spinalonga the famous forest of pines and some archaeological and historical sites like the palace of Zakros, Agia Triada and the only Toplou
Transportation to Crete
Many charter flights arriving directly to the island. For Western Crete you should fly to Chania Airport.If you come to Greece via Athens, you can either fly to Chania (1 hour) or go by ferry boat. There are daily ferries from Piraeus to Chania (7 hours). We will be happy to assist you with any travel arrangements to/from Chania.