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Greece’s largest island has it all: stunning coves, sugar-white beaches, and authentic restaurants. You are surrounded by history here, and the ancient ruins lying around bring the Greece of antiquity into our modern age. Take a guided walking tour into the rugged mountains and through idyllic villages, or stick to the coast and relax on a private beach, before sailing around the coast onboard a luxury yacht. Crete Island’s mix of history and culture offers a great pocket of Grecian tradition in a small island setting.

Things to see in Crete Island

Knossos is the island’s Bronze Age archeological site and home to the Palace of Knossos. The former capital of Minoan Crete, this ancient city was once a bustling hub and was, according to legend, the home of the Minotaur. Tour groups are regularly led through these ancient streets and ruins, but it’s also possible to arrange a private tour. Nearby, you’ll find Heraklion Archeological Museum. Here, you can see many notable artifacts from digs at Knossos, including the famous Phaistos Disc and Arkalochori Ax. One way to really appreciate Crete’s beauty is to sail around the coast. These rocky waters call for an experienced hand, but you can either join a boat tour or hire a luxury yacht (complete with crew!) yourself. Make sure you visit the small island of Spinalonga, just off the coast of Elounda. Once a notorious leper community, this popular tourist attraction has been the setting for many TV shows and movies.

5-star hotels on Crete Island

Crete Island's five-star hotels are usually decorated in traditional Grecian style and rooms feature state-of-the-art mod cons. Lots of 5-star accommodation in Crete Island features outdoor pools and terraced seating areas, with many boasting luxurious spas. In-house gourmet restaurants and sophisticated bars provide guests with stylish spots to unwind in after a busy day touring the sights. Start your day with some local treats like fresh fruit with yogurt at the complementary breakfast in your five-star hotel in Crete Island. Bellhops are on hand to take your luggage to your room and the reception staff can help arrange restaurant bookings and sightseeing activities.

Where to stay in Crete Island

Most of Crete Island’s 5-star hotels are located along the northern coastline. Chersonissos is a small fishing town with a good selection of Crete Island’s 5-star hotels. The town is fairly sedate, but there are still plenty of great nightlife spots. Sitia is a slightly larger harbor town on the island’s eastern tip. Many ferries stop off here, and the area has a great reputation for its bustling cafés and local eateries. There are also many unspoiled beaches nearby, popular with both locals and tourists. For more 5-star hotels on Crete Island, head over to Heraklion. This large city features an impressive Venetian wall and fort.

How to get to Crete Island

Crete Island has 3 airports: Heraklion Airport (also known as Kazantzakis Airport), Chania Airport (also known as Daskalogiannis Airport), and Sitia Airport. You can take a cab from any of these to your hotel—Sitia Airport is only a 10-minute cab ride from the nearest town center. Regular flights run between Athens and these 3 airports. Many people choose to travel to Crete Island on an overnight ferry—book a deluxe cabin with sea views to arrive in style. Your hotel can arrange transport around the island, either in a private vehicle or as part of a group.

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