The beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete entices visitors with its laidback charm and enviable climate. The island offers something for everybody, with its celebrated wine and food heritage, renowned hospitality, rich history and fascinating culture. Guests love exploring the local towns and villages, not to mention partaking in Crete’s many festivals and traditional events.
With so much to choose from, in case you are stuck on what to do in Crete we have compiled a list below of our favourite cultural highlights.
The Palace of Knossos
Often referred to as Europe’s oldest city, the ruins of this ancient Palace, settled as early as the Neolithic period, is Crete’s largest Bronze Age archaeological site.
Malia Archaeological Site
This intriguing archaeological site is the island’s third-largest Minoan palace. Built in a wonderful setting near the sea, myth has it that the palace was first constructed in 1900 BC.
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
One of Greece’s most impressive museums, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum holds the world’s greatest collection of Minoan art. A visit to the museum is a fascinating way to gain an insight into the island’s 5,500+ years of history
This stunning natural plateau, famous for its white-sailed windmills, is home to various caves of archaeological interest, as well as lush fields and orchards. A visit to the secluded plateau offers a sense of authentic rural Crete.
Panagia Kera Church
This fascinating Medieval Byzantine church is well-known for its preserved frescoes. The oldest part of the church dates back to the 13th century.
The Beaches of Sissi
If you care to venture away from the hotel’s private beach, the beaches around the picturesque seaside village of Sissi boast calm waters and flawless sands.
The Plane Trees of Krassi Village
The charming village of Krassi offers a taste of authentic Crete. A great place to wander and soak up the local atmosphere. Don’t forget to visit the island’s oldest and biggest Plane trees in the village square.
The Bulgarian Trail
This excellent hiking trail, offering unique views of the island, starts from Stalis, ascends to the modern monastery of Axion Esti and ends at Mohos.
Saint George’s Church at Loutres
Built on the site of a former 9th century church, Saint George’s dates back to the Venetian period. Its interior bears various frescoes, as well as engravings left by Medieval travellers.
The Mohos-Malia Trail
This picturesque trail starts from the traditional village of Mohos, climbing past old windmills before reaching a lookout that offers unique sea views. The route then casually descends into the coastal town of Malia.
Located above the Mohos-Malia Trail, this cave extends back 30 metres via several narrow passages and features extensive stalagmites.
The Maliaris Gorge
Located in the Mirabello region, this wide gorge is filled with scrublands and caves, including the impressive Volakospilios cave, located in the centre of the gorge. A great hike!