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Crete

Crete

Crete, the largest Greek island, is washed by the waters of the eastern Mediterranean, and so enjoys a mild climate. An island where Myth meets History, where the age-old Cretan culture has its roots in the long-ago, where the sea meets the mountains and unspoiled nature coexists with modern tourist infrastructure. Crete has a thousand faces: one for each and every sort of traveller: the nature-lover, the explorer, the cosmopolitan, the lover of history and culture.

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The Old Town of Chania

The Old Twon of Chania is characterized by a blend of Venetian, Ottoman and Neoclassical monuments and architecture, attesting its long and rich history. Its streets are narrow, colorful and picturesque, which is why it's sometimes called "Venice of the East". During your stroll here you'll pass by flowered balconies, traditional knife shops, Cretan boot shops, lively restaurants and cozy cafes. Don't miss the beautiful promenade along the Venetian port, where you can see the Venetian lighthouse, one of the symbols of Chania. The town used to be surrounded by walls, but only parts of them are still standing nowadays.

Address
Old Town of Chania, Chania, Crete
Koules Fortress

The Venetian Koules Fortress, also known as Castello a Mare (which means "fort on the sea"), is one of Heraklion's main landmarks and is located on the old harbour. This big, square-shaped structure was built in the 16th century to protect the city and was subsequently armed with cannons. It was restored in recent times and now hosts an exhibition about its fascinating history. The rooftop offers scenic views over the sea and Heraklion city.

Address
Heraklion, Crete
Herb's Garden (Heraklion)

Herb's Garden restaurant is located on the rooftop of Lato Boutique Hotel and offers a beautiful view over the Venetian harbour of Heraklion. On the menu you will find fresh seafood, salads, meat dishes and homemade ice cream.

Address
Epimenidou 15, Heraklion, Crete
Pan Asia Restaurant (Heraklion)

Pan Asia Restaurant has many years of experience in Heraklion and selects the best and most popular recepies of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine. They only use fresh meat and vegetables without preservatives and the cooking is done with the traditional wok. Choosing the set menu for two will allow you to try various specialities at a competitive price, but you can always choose your favourite ones a la carte.

Address
Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Crete
Municipal Market of Chania

Also known as Agora, the Municipal Market of Chania is and indoor market housed in a 4000 square metre building. Inside, you'll find many shops selling Cretan products like cheese, olive oil, raki, spices and more. There are also stalls that sell vegetables, fish, meat and tourist souvenirs.

Address
Pl. Agoras 69, Chania, Crete
Chania Leather Lane

Skrydlof Street in Chania is a narrow street lined with shops selling leather goods like bags, wallets, belts and shoes. For this reasons, it is known as Chania Leather Lane or as Stivanadika, after "stivanaki", the traditional Cretan boots.

Address
Skrydlof Street, Chania, Crete

Best Time to Visit

Crete boasts one of the best climates in Europe, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Generally speaking, there is a temperate Mediterranean climate, although during winter there is usually snow in the mountains. Winters in other parts of Crete are relatively mild, while spring, autumn and summer are sunny and warm, or even hot. The rainfall is concentrated from autumn until spring and is more frequent in the western part of the island. Summer is, of course, peak season in Crete. The best time to visit is probably during shoulder season, namely in April, May, September and October, when the temperatures and the weather are good for beach days and sightseeing, but the touristic spots are not too crowded.

How to get to Crete

You can get to Crete either by air or by boat. Crete has two international airports (Chania International Airport and Heraklion International Airport) as well as a national one at Sitia with connections to other transport hubs in Greece. Chania International Airport is 12 km from the city of Chania and 68 km from the town of Rethymnon. The airport of Heraklion is but 5 km from the city of Heraklion and 65 km from Agios Nikolaos. For transportation from and to the airports you can check out the website of the local public transport (www.e-ktel.com/en). Car rental and taxis are also available at the airports. Similarly, the two major ports of the island are also in Chania and Heraklion, but there are also four smaller ones: Kissamos, Rethymnon, Agios Nikolaos and Siteia. For ferry tickets and timetables you can visit the following website: www.ferries.gr.