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West Crete

A must-see destination! West Crete is probably one of the most interesting regions of the magnificent island of Crete! Here you will find large tourist resorts, small fishing villages, remote settlements, and the beautiful cities of Chania and Rethymno

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West Crete is the greenest and most mountainous area of the island with the breathtaking White Mountains, the famous Gorges such as the gorge of Samaria, and the most idyllic beaches such as Elafonisi, Mpalos, and Falasarna. If you love sandy beaches, a welcoming atmosphere, and breathtaking sunsets West Crete is your ideal destination.

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Chania and Rethymno have probably the best beaches, starting from the endless sandy beach of Rethymno which ends up at the well-known Georgioupoli village. Falasarna beach on the west coast with its crystal clear waters and beautiful white sand is waiting for you to enjoy it, stay until the sunset when the sun seems like diving at the sea. Gramvousa, or else Balos, at the tip of the western peninsula, is accessible by boat or a long path, here you will meet turquoise waters, lagoon, and pure white sand. Elafonisi beach with its crystal clear turquoise waters and pink sand is a must-visit destination! Visit the ancient Aptera, used to be a large city, here you will find ruins from the Minoan civilization.

Things to do in West Crete

West Crete is the ideal destination for all kind of sports and activities in nature. Visit the famous gorge of Samaria, one of the biggest attractions in Crete.  Swim, dive or scuba dive at one of the magnificent beaches along the coast of the famous Platania Region. Visit Chania city and walk from the old town to the old Venetian harbor with the well-known lighthouse. Ideal for walking is also the city of Rethymno with its narrow alleys and houses from the Venetian era.  Don’t forget to take a photo of the largest mountain range in Crete the White Mountains or Lefka Ori.

Family fun in West Crete

Kids to entertain? No problem – West Crete has the water park of Limnoupolis near Chania where you can spend a day at the numerous water slides. Learn more about the ancient past of the Cretans! Visit the archaeological Museum of Chania and Rethymno. There are a plethora of churches, chapels, and monasteries to explore. Your kids will love the Arkadi monastery which seems like an old castle and has a terrifying yet heroic history.

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