Crete, the largest island in Greece, is considered as the wonder on the Aegean Sea and the cradle of mysterious Greek myths.
There are many reasons for tourists to visit the islands in Greece. These islands attract tourists because of the interesting things in its culture, weather, many stunning landscapes. And Crete is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece with its splendid beaches, bustling and modern cities. The island is also famous for its ancient sites, the small, ramshackle fishing villages surrounded by the scenery of rugged mountains and cliff houses on quiet hillside. Despite being a popular tourist destination, the island is not affected by the urban development and tourist crowds. The best way to discover Crete island is to find a suitable accommodation and a car to start wandering around the island.
On the north coast of Crete island, you will find a fishing village with peaceful and picturesque scenery. The scenery here is really impressive with villages surrounded by mountains, and in the front of is the Bali Bay with crystal blue water, where you can take a dip and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Palace of Knossos
This is a very important historical site. Knossos is the largest archaeological site on Crete island and the remaining relics prove that Knossos is the oldest city in Europe. One of the most important sites is the Knossos Palace of Minos King, which was built from 2000 to 1350 BC. The building has been carefully preserved by the Mino people. Knossos is the start of a lot of stories in Greek mythology, in which the most famous is the story of the hero Theseus and half-cow monster The Minotaur. The remaining paintings in the maze of the Palace show the strong influence of Greek mythology in people’s lives.
Located on the southern coast of the island, this Monastery is built on a mountain in the Middle Age. This monastery contains two main building complexes, the operational Upper Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodomos and the ruined Lower Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodomos. Just below the Monastery founded is a beautiful beach with dense rows of silky reed along its two sides. Coming to Preveli Monastery, tourists would have great chances to discover a wide range of religious relics, icons, monuments built during the Second World War and other spectacular buildings.
Chania is the second largest town in Crete island, located on the northwestern coast of Crete, and it is the capital of Chania regional unit. It is a romantic harbor, with ancient towns attracting lots of tourists. In addition, there are also several unique historic sites such as Faros lighthouse, Turkey mosque with ancient architecture.
Panormos Fishing Village
Panormos is a fishing village located on the northern coast of Crete island, 20 kilometers to the east of Rethymno. The Panormos beach is the perfect choice for activities such as swimming, sunbathing and diving. If you travel a little further to the west, you can find a discreet beach in the uncrowded cove where you can enjoy the tranquility, being far away from the crowds of tourists.
Sitia Port Town
This is a beautiful port town located on the east side of Crete island. The town still preserves its wildness and has not been affected by the tourism industry. There is no presence of crowded restaurants on the beach. Instead, it is the scene of local people and a few tourists restfully watching sunset on the sparkling sea.
Matala is an exotic village which is about 75 km to the west of Heraklion city. It looks like beautiful caves which often appear in science fiction movies. In Matala, quirky traditions are still remained and surely any traveler will find it interesting to explore this exotic village.
Tips for transporting in Crete island
- The roads in Crete island are truly quite and traffic is not a worrisome issue.
- There will be no traffic jam or congestion, however the quality of the road may not be very good, so you should be careful with uneven road surface.
- There are not many signs and road marking so it is the best for you to observe carefully.
- The speed limit in town is 50 km/h and 90 km/h on the highway.
- In the gas station, you will be served by staff and there is no self-service gas station on the island.
- You should take notice of whether there is any wondering goat on the road since people raise many goats on Crete island .
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