What to see in Crete

Crete Attractions

Steeped in mythology, legends and a fascinating history and boasting more attractions than any other Greek Island, sightseeing on Crete takes travellers through the ages and into the rich mythology of ancient Greece.

With so many places of historical interest it can be hard to decide what to see and do on Crete; highlights include the impressive Palace of Knossos, the Cave of Zeus - located on the slopes of Mount Ida, where Rhea hid baby Zeus from Cronos - the Monastery of Arkadi just south of Rethymno, the remains of Gortyna 28 miles (45km) from Heraklion, and the Palace complex of Phaistos in the south, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the late Bronze Age and later rebuilt. The Archaeological Museum and Historical Museum of Crete in Heraklion are also worth a visit - the artefacts will astound you.

The sun-drenched, sandy beaches on Crete aren't too shabby either and the surrounding scenery is breathtaking with beautiful mountains and gorges in the Samaria Gorge National Park in Chania that any hiker will simply adore. On the east of the island, the tiny town of Sitia is worth a peek for its picturesque port, making a great place to stop for a lunch.

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

A visit to the Minoan palace at Knossos should be complemented with a visit to the wonderful Archaeological Museum in…

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Historical Museum of Crete

This museum deals with Crete's more modern history and highlights the islanders' long battle for independence from the…

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The Palace of Knossos

The Minoan palace at Knossos, covering an area of 215,278 square feet (20,000 sq metres), is one of the world's greatest…

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