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The largest of Greece’s islands, Crete continually wins over travelers thanks to its rustic and romantic charm. Idyllic villages are perched in its mountains and gorgeous port towns dotted along its winding coastline. Various hiking routes and nature trails snake through the island’s countryside, while authentic restaurants and intimate bars line the cobbled streets in the more urban areas. Ancient Greece is also on display, and Crete’s historic ruins are some of the island’s top tourist spots.

Things to see in Crete Island

If you’re on vacation to relax and unwind, head to Balos beach and lagoon. This beautiful spot is located on the west coast, quite close to Chania. The lagoon’s sparkling waters are very shallow, making them perfect for paddling. It’s possible to arrive here by boat—if you take this journey don’t forget to hop off at the uninhabited island of Gramboussa for a quick look around. For an adrenaline-pumped day, try your hand at some off-roading. Crete is very popular with visitors who want to take a spin over the rocky country roads and shrub land—various companies offer 4WD rentals and off-roading tours at numerous locations across the island. History aficionados will love the old town in Rethymnon. One of the best-preserved Renaissance towns in Greece, there is a lot of Venetian architecture to marvel at and many narrow cobbled streets to explore.

4-star hotels on Crete Island

4-star hotels on Crete Island are full of excellent amenities, including outdoor swimming pools, fitness centers, and on-site restaurants. Many also have a sophisticated on-site bar, although there are many traditional Greek taverns scattered across the island to explore as well. As Crete Island’s 4-star hotels are located in very central locations, you’ll never be too far from outside dining and nightlife options. Rooms in all of Crete’s 4-star accommodation will be well-appointed and comfortably decorated in a traditional, often very rural, style. Breakfast is usually a buffet of Greek delicacies alongside some continental options.

Where to stay in Crete Island

There’s a hub of Crete’s 4-star hotels and guesthouses in the south-east town of Makrigialos. This beautiful port town benefits from unbeatable views over the water, with restaurants serving delicious food to complement the panorama. On the east of the island, Neapoli is full of old tavernas serving platters of grilled meats and stews made from local produce. The nearby Dictaean Cave—just down the road from the village of Psychro—is said to be the birth place of Zeus. Anogeia benefits from a very central location on the White Mountain. A popular base for hikers, this location was used as a hideout by British agents during WWII.

How to get to Crete Island

Crete is only a 9-10 hour ferry trip from the Greek capital of Athens on the mainland. Ferries run throughout the day and overnight. There are also year-round flights from Athens out to Crete. The island has 3 airports: Kazantzakis Airport in Heraklion, Sitia Airport, and Daskalogiannis Airport in Chania. There are plenty of car rental desks in each airport, so you don’t have to worry about organizing travel for the duration of your trip until you’ve landed. It’s easy to get around the island by cab, if you aren’t renting a vehicle.

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