What to see in the Greek island of Crete?
Greece's most southern island is Crete. It is located in the Mediterranean basin and is surrounded by three seas - the Cretan Sea, the Libyan Sea and the Ionian Sea. If you can imagine a paradise, then Crete might be something very close to it.
How to get to Crete?
Crete can be reached in two ways - by air and by sea.
The fastest way, of course, is by plane. Crete has two civil airports. The largest is in the capital of Crete - Heraklion, the second largest is located in Chania. A lot of tour operators offer to get to Crete very well-priced, especially if they are European tour operators.
How to choose an excursion organizer on the island?
Never use the company that brought you to the island for the sightseeing tour. The prices of these firms are much higher than the prices that can be obtained from local tour operators. For example, if the tour organizer asked us for 60 euros for the same tour, then the local company offered us the price of around 30 euros. The local price is about half the price.
Heraklion is a local capital of Crete. The capital of Greece is Athens, but here is its own - the local one. The Old Town is very beautiful. Great influence on architecture is from Venetians. Heraklion in the suburbs see nothing. Greeks do not seek to create something beautiful nowadays.
Chania is considered the most beautiful city in Crete. Perhaps that is the case.
The town has a beautiful marina, as well as a lighthouse. The Old Town is suitable for lovers who want to stay in a romantic place.
Chania is situated on the islands in the west. This part of the island has the warmest climate.
Rethymno is located in the center of the island.
It is surrounded by many former and existing fishermen's villages. You can book your hotel located in one of these small villages. You will never forget the tavernas where you can eat traditional Greek food in the morning, at lunch, at dinner and even at night.
The Old Town is not very big. In Rethymno is a fortress worth a visit. In the Old Town there is the Venetian Fountain of Rimondi.
Agios Nikolaos City
Agios Nikolaos is located in the eastern part of the island.
Agios Nikolaos is a city famous with lake Voulismeni in its center. It is a freshwater lake. Some time ago, one man joined the lake with the sea to make life more comfortable. Now the water of lake Voulismeni is no longer freshwater.
Kournas Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Crete. It is known for the presence of different species of turtles. Sometimes it is difficult to see turtles because they are hidden at the bottom of the lake. It is especially characteristic on hot days.
Gramvousa rock and beach
Gramvousa Rock is famous for being Europe's last pirate fortress. To get to Gramvousa you have to climb in hot weather. It is not for everyone. If you have reached the top, you will see a very beautiful landscape. Sky blue sea, rocky islands in the middle of the sea and a lovely view of the turquoise blue beach at the foot of the hill where the boat will come.
Balos beach is one of the most romantic places in Crete. It is a place where three seas meet. Each of the seas has its own color and these color differences are clearly visible. On the rocks you can find salt deposits that occur naturally - by evaporating salt water.
The palm forest had burned down, but now it is back to beautiful. A green river flows through the palm forest, home to both trout and turtles. When hiking in the palm forest, you may come across a variety of reptiles - for example, bright green lizards etc.
Zeus Cave - The cave on the hill where, according to legends, Zeus was born.To get to Zeus Cave you need to walk up a mountain. You can use a donkey to get up there. Inside the mountain is 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius). Climbing down the stairs you will see beautifully lit grottoes.