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East Crete

East Crete has probably the perfect mix of sandy beaches, stunning blue water, tasty food, and historical places. Start from the beautiful capital of Heraklio with the ancient ruins of Knossos and end at the wild scenery of Siteia. East Crete is surely a unique destination for those seeking over the top places ideal for carefree vacations.

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You will surely feel like locals. Although it is the driest land in Crete you will view lots of green oases formed around the low mountain ranges of the prefecture. From ancient ruins to beautiful beaches and palm forests this part of Crete is full of surprises  

Popular Areas in East Crete

Start your journey from Heraklion city where you can visit its beautiful archaeological museum and the ruins of Knossos Palace. Go to Cretan Aquarium and view the wild marine life while the Museum of National History is worth a visit. On the northern side of Heraklion, you will find the most luxurious resorts of very high standards. Go to Vai, a place of unique beauty with an impressive evergreen palm forest. At the traditional villages in the Plateau of Lasithi, tradition is still very much alive and the inhabitants have a serene and laid back way of life. Don’t forget to visit Spinalonga island, which used to be a leper community. 

Things to do in East Crete

Elounda is your destination if you seek a more luxurious atmosphere of a well-known place to be, here you will find all sorts of activities, from golf to scuba diving! Visit the famous Golden Beach also named Belegrina and Xerokampos beach and swim at the crystal clear waters. For even more exotic swimming destinations go by boat to the famous Chrysi island. For the lovers of hiking, Richtis Gorge and Zakros Gorge are your ideal destinations and Diktaean Cave will surely impress you.

Family fun in East Crete

Being in East Crete with kids is an excellent opportunity to spend some quality time in nature, here you can take small trips to the plethora of ancient ruins and all together learn more regarding ancient Greeks life. The beautiful island of Spinalonga offers a wonderful tour that will excite the younger ones since its story goes back to the days when the island was a leper’s community. Heraklion city has a vast variety of museums to choose from with the Aquarium being at the top list. Vai Beach undoubtedly will impress all the family with the incredible palm forest, exotic waters, and golden sand.

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