Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Here you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. One of the most popular destinations of the country, Crete is the dream of a lifetime for millions of tourists.read more
However, despite the touristic development in some places, Crete Greece also keeps its unique character intact. Its long history has left evident marks on this Greek Island: Minoan palaces, Venetian towns, Medieval Castles, Ottoman mosques and Byzantine monasteries constitute the most important sightseeing. And of course, it is famed for its globally known beaches.
The island of Crete, In Greece, is large in size and divided into four administrative regions: Chania and Rethymno on the western side, Heraklion and Lassithi on the eastern side. The northern coasts of Crete are more developed in tourism, while the southern coasts keep a more secluded environment. Holidays in Crete can be both busy and secluded, depending on your preferences.
Crete is the ideal destination for all kind of sports and activities in nature. For canoeing and canyon hiking, Crete’s gorges offer unparalleled beauty. The largest gorge of Europe and the most famous one is that of Samaria, with its world renowned Portes (also known as Iron Gates). Other noteworthy canyons are Amba, Tripiti, Kourtaliotiko, Kamaraiko (the biggest length), Ha (also called King of Cretan gorges), Ethias and Eligas. Crete is a top trekking destination. You’ll hike along these landscapes of sublime beauty and diversity. The sign-posted trails through these gorges are one of a kind. For off-road and 4x4, you’ll zig and zag along Crete’s dirt roads. The cosmopolitan resorts in both northern and southern Crete, embraced by the Libyan sea, are ideal for water sports and scuba diving.
Kids to entertain? No problem – Crete has your back. The island boasts three water parks: Limnoupolis near Chania, Water city near Heraklion, and Aqua Plus close to Hersonissos. Swooshing and screaming your way down the brightly colored tubes and slides before drying off in the Mediterranean sun is massively fun for the whole family. Around 9 miles east of Heraklion you’ll also find one of Europe’s largest aquariums, the CretAquarium. Home to around 2,000 sea animals such as sharks, jellyfish and seahorses, the aquarium is a center of marine research as well as a brilliant place for children to discover more about life in the oceans.
Unique Villas has over 750 villas to rent in the most popular places of Crete, from Chania in the west to Elounda in the east. So whether you are seeking peace and privacy or would prefer to be close to nightlife popular places, our villa specialists have something just right for you.
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