Crete is huge, the biggest island of all in Greece, but even bigger than its size is the beauty and the rich culture, where there are so many things to see and do. All you need is a good plan to make most of what the island offers.
Day 1. The Exotic Triad Beaches
The island of Crete is adorned with fantastic sceneries and exotic beaches, but the most photographed beaches known for their exotic water are those of Balos Lagoon, Falassarna and Elafonissi. Plan a day trip by the ferries running from Kissamos port to the heavenly lagoon of Balos, located 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos. Falassarna is another exotic scenery located at the westernmost point of the island, 59km west of Chania, with its sharp-coloured beaches and the archaeological ruins of its ancient city, while the oblong peninsula of Elafonissi can be visited in the southwesternmost tip of Crete, 76km west of Chania, to admire the sand dunes and the pink sand, taking the unusual colour from the thousands of crushed shells.
Day 2. Full Day Introduction to Minoan Culture
The most famous ancient ruin palace in Crete is definitely Knossos, located about five kilometres from Heraklion, where guides are usually available at gate. The palace featured over 1,200 but rooms destroyed in 1450 BC, possibly by the Santorini eruption. No trip to Minoan Crete is complete without a visit to Heraklion Archaeological Museum, featuring an impressive collection of artefacts and treasures of Minoan civilisation, found scattered all over the island.
Day 3. Strolling through Chania's and/or Rethymno Old Town & Harbour
Crete hosts some of the best-preserved towns of the Renaissance found in Greece, the Old Towns of Chania and Rethymno. Both lying in the heart of modern cities and they combine the oriental features of the Turkish period with Venetian architecture. Rethymnon's Old Town has a huge "Fortezza", but Chania's Old Town is bigger and more charming with boho-chic boutiques and great restaurants.
Day 4. Mountainous Crete Special Trails
Crete is home to a number of peaks, mainly grouped into three ranges: the Dikti range in Lassithi, the Ida (Psiloritis) range in central Crete and the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) in Chania , all contains mesmerizing natural landscapes, ideal to plan a trip and soak up the majestic mountain scenery. The E4 Path includes a large network of trails with special natural, cultural and historical value. we recomment to check out the trail Anogia - Zominthos - Nida ,to meet the typical rocky terrain of the Range Psiloritis to the cave of Zeus, the trail Paleohora - Lissos - Sougia a hike of 16km long that crosses the archaeological site of Lissos with astonishing sea views over the Libyan Sea and of course, the famous Samaria Gorge, the longest in Europe that covers 18 kilometres of spectacular landscape and scenery with endemic animal species.
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