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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Crete Travel Guide


Crete Greece’s biggest island

It is the largest island in Greece. It lies at the southern Aegean Sea. The length of the island is 260 km. Crete is famous for its agriculture products throughout the year because of its good climate. Items grown on a large scale are like olives, grapes, horticulture products, potatoes and oranges. Wine is a traditional product of this place. The people speak a very distinctive dialect they often refer to themselves as Cretan, not Greeks. Summer season is very long over here. This island is connected with most of the airport in Greece, Cyprus and other European countries.

They are well versed in artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewellery and the special Cretan Music .Crete has a flourishing commercial activity. There are many shops that cater to the taste and demand of both the locals and tourist that visit the island every year. The economy totally depends on the tourism sector. Almost 30, 00,000 visitors visit this place.

Where to go in Crete

Samaria Gorge is the longest canyon in Europe .One has to pass through cliffs, mountains and fragrant pine forest. The hike from one end of the gorge to the other is 11 km long and could take up to 7 hrs.

The archaeological site of Knossos is one of the famous ancient sites of Greece. Ruins here were uncovered in 1900 by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and walking through the palaces many rooms can really visualise what ancient life must have been like here.

Dikti cave is the main attraction on Crete’s lasithi Plateau. It is one of the most important and famous of the 3000 caves in this place. The most interesting site is the lake at the lowest point surrounded by massive stalactites and stalagmites.

The aquariums are also beautiful. Aqua plus Water Park is also amazing and enjoyable.

The full spectrum of beaches in Crete

Elafonisos Beach is the best beach for family people because of the surroundings. It is famous for its pink and white sand. Its tiny island and its shimmering shallow lagoon separate this from the main shore.

Matala beach is not for families, usually hippies are found in many numbers. It is a beach with many caves. One has to pass through the caves to go to this beach.

Palm Beach is a lovely golden sand beach backed by dense palm trees. The beach is lined with blue sun beds and straw umbrellas. There are also basic water sports facilities here.

The sand in the beaches is very fine and the water is like the colour of a tropical lagoon. There are gorgeous mountains that provide trail for hikes and peaks for climb.

The stunning rocky outcrop of Balos Lagoon is surrounded by white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. It is one of the best sites in Greece.

Old Venetian Harbour is a historic site is beautifully kept. It is situated in chania. Much of the Venetian era residences are still standing around the harbour area. Many have been converted into restaurants. The bastion is one of the few that still exist, it circles up to a flat area on top which give great vantage points across the downtown chania area.

Local Etiquette and Tips


Cretan Diet is not only aromatic and tasty but also very healthy. They use olive oil for their food. Stifado Salingarikosnail stew and Chirino Kritiko-pork Chops are the speciality of the Cretans. The Cretan Olive oil is one of the best in Greece.


It offers entertainment to suit all tastes and desires. Right from relaxing bars, lively nightclubs and discos with international music to café, bars, live bouzouki and Lyra music and Cretan dances.


Hand carved wood and weaving, knitting and hand-made jewellery is available in the shops.


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