Crete, Greece

Greece is a beautiful and intriguing vacation destination that offers travelers a wealth of diversified characteristics. It is located in Southern Europe and borders the Mediterranean, Ionian and Aegean Sea. Home to some of the most startling scenery in the Mediterranean, the Greek Islands have won the hearts of vacationers from all around the world. Crete is located 155 kilometers south of mainland Greece and has a population of approximately 650,000 friendly residents, most of whom reside on the island’s north coast. The diversified culture of the island provides a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

Coastline of Crete, Greece

Crete boasts a turbulent history, including a 22-year siege after which it fell from Venetian rule to the rule of the Ottoman Turks in 1669. In 1897 it regained autonomy, and eventually became a part of Greece in 1913. Crete is well-known for its outstanding scenery, such as the impressive mountain chain that runs throughout the island directly to the sea. The primary vacation destination on the island of Crete is Chania, where numerous resorts and tourist attractions can be found.

Golden Beach is by far the most popular beach on Crete and is within easy walking distance from most of the island’s resorts and from Chania’s downtown district. On the southern coast of Crete one will find the beautiful beaches of Heraklion and Lentas, as well as the Matala Beach Caves, one of Crete’s best-loved landmarks. Most of Crete’s beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag, which is given only to beaches that are found clean and fully equipped on a consistent basis. Crete also offers some of the best nightlife in Greece, and resorts such as Paleohora and Platanias provide dancing and live entertainment seven days a week during tourist season.

Peak vacation season in Crete is June through August, during which time most establishments extend their hours to accommodate tourists and visitors. Crete enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year and classic Mediterranean weather prevails throughout the island. From March to October one can usually count on pleasant sun-filled days. During the fall and winter months strong winds are often present and in the highest elevations snow is possible. Those traveling to Crete during peak season should consider booking their vacation well in advance to avoid being shut out. However, regardless of what time of the year one visits Crete, he or she can expect to have an enjoyable and interesting vacation.




Aegean Sea

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Islands of Greece








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