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Crete: Beautiful Beaches, Idyllic Islands and Historic Ruins
Saunter through the streets of vibrant port cities. Unwind on tranquil beaches gazing out at the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Explore the ruins of a civilization that vanished thousands of years ago. Visit Crete and discover an island that’s picturesque, charming and unhurried, an island that serves as the perfect backdrop for a restful yet unforgettable vacation.
Located 300 miles from mainland Greece, the island of Crete is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, welcoming more than two million visitors each year. Those making the trek to the island generally arrive in one of two locations: Heraklion of Chania, both of which feature an international airport and seaport. The capital of Crete, Heraklion is the busier of the two cities, serving as the base of operations for many a traveller. Hotels aplenty can be found in the city, as can restaurants, shops and all other typical city amenities. Walk the streets of the Old Town and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Historic buildings, narrow alleyways and friendly locals are all found in abundance. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum of Crete, and the Cretaquarium, an aquarium that is home to an interesting mix of marine life. The sixteenth century fortress at Koules, located just outside of the city, is also worth a visit.
Chania, located towards the northwest of the island, is another popular destination for those travelling to Crete. Visitors arriving at the airport or harbour will find a variety of accommodation options nearby, including hotels, guesthouses and private apartments. The town was, until the 1970s, the capital of the island and features much Venetian architecture, harking back to the days when Venice held great sway over the region. Throughout the city you’ll find a mix of colourful buildings and historic sites, as well as a lively indoor market. Many travellers staying in Chania opt to leave their hotel behind and spend a day at Samaria National Park, the site of the impressive Samaria Gorge. The Gorge, which stretches some 11 miles, features some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, and is perfect for hiking. Many people describe the Samaria Gorge as one of Crete’s true can’t miss attractions.
Relive Minoan Civilizations
Millennia ago, the island of Crete was home to the Minoan Civilization. Considered by many archaeologists and anthropologists to be the first civilization in Europe, the Minoans were an advanced race, building impressive settlements. The entire civilization mysteriously disappeared in 1450BC, with some historians suggesting that a huge volcanic explosion on the island of Thera (known today as Santorini) caused an earthquake that wiped out the Minoans. Today, suggestive hints of this past civilization can be found across Crete. You’ll find Minoan ruins near Malia, Matala, Phaistos and Petras. The best ruins on the island though are found at Knossos, near to Heraklion. The site features the ruins of a palace thought to have belonged to King Minos, as well as an impressive fresco featuring bulls, which were idolised by the Minoans. Day trips to Knossos can be arranged in Heraklion, with some even offering to pick you up direct from your hotel.
Enjoy Crete’s Best Beaches
While city life and historical explorations are enjoyable, many travellers make their way to Crete to enjoy a relaxing, laid-back vacation. Subsequently, the island’s beaches make for popular ports of call. One of the best beaches on the island is Vai Beach, or Palm Beach. Located at the east end of the island, the sandy beach sits at the forefront of the largest forest of palm trees found on the continent. After taking a dip in the warm waters, holidaymakers laze on loungers and retreat under large sun umbrellas. At the other end of the island, Marathi Beach – approximately ten miles from Chania – also proves popular with tourists. The calm waters are suitable for swimming, while the sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing. The scenery on offer here, including the White Mountains, is first class too. Other popular beaches on the island that are within close proximity to hotels and other accommodation options include Elafonsi Beach, Gournes Beach, and Fragokastello Beach. The latter is also the site of an impressive fortress.
Embark on an Island Day Trip
Dotted around Crete you’ll discover a series of picturesque and serene islands. Tour operators offer day trips to the likes of Chrysi, Gramvousa and Spinalonga Island. The latter is a particularly good choice, not least because of its impressive castle and fortifications. The island is uninhabited but is well-served by frequent ferries from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, two-day tours to Santorini are available. With the two islands separated by 130 miles, you can head out by sea or opt for the quicker option of air travel. Once on the island, you’ll discover picturesque beaches, boutique hotels, hot springs, and well-stocked museums. Of course, a tour of the island’s volcano is a must.
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Hotel Creta Star Agios Nikolaos
Located in the countryside of Creta, the Creta Star offers quaint accommodations for all guests. The property overlooks Chavania Bay and provides an assortment of amenities, in addition to being centrally located near many points of interest. Guest rooms at the hotel include studio and apartment layouts. Amenities provided include private balcony (some offer sea views), satellite television, dining space, and kitchenette. For an additional charge, an air conditioner or safe may be requested. Hotel amenities at Creta Star include swimming pool with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas, nearby free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas and pets are allowed. Shuttle service may be requested for an additional charge. Snacks and refreshments are provided at the hotel. Cafes and restaurants are also located within walking distance. Nearby points of interest include the archeological site, Sitia, as well as the seaside village, Agios Nikolaos. more
Hotel Villa Galini Agios Nikolaos
Located on a hilltop, with sea views over the Mirabello Bay of Agios Nikolaos, Villa Galini provides the ideal setting for your tranquil holidays in Crete. Our aim is to offer our guests a feeling of comfort, easiness, peace and harmony, in a friendly environment; tranquility during your Agios Nikolaos holidays. Villa Galini has 11 self-catering apartments, all personally designed in Cretan style, with furnished balconies or verandas. The apartments & studios are set within lush colorful garden, while our guests can relax by the swimming pool or the pool-bar, enjoying the unique view over Agios Nikolaos. The property is 5 minutes drive to the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos or 10 minutes to Elounda where you can visit Spinalonga Island and the local beaches. more
Hotel Faedra Beach Resort Agios Nikolaos
Three kilometres from Agios Nikolaos, Faedra Beach Hotel offers quiet beach stays overlooking Mirabello Bay. Suites, apartments, and studios are all on offer. Included amenities are TV, free Wi-Fi, safe, and heating and air conditioning. Kitchenettes, balconies with sea or garden view, and luxury bathrooms are part of every room. The Faedra Beach Hotel has a modern architectural design. As well as the beach, an on site outdoor swimming pool is available to hotel guests, and the lobby sitting room has a public TV. Car rental is available. Sample Cretan and international food at on site restaurant, or taverna, which offers terrace and beach seating. Snacks are available throughout the day in the cafe bistro. Complimentary breakfast is served daily. Local buses leave regularly and travel to Agios Nikolaos, as well as other tourist destinations, such as Ierapetra, Sitia, and Neapoli. Heraklion is 50 minutes away by car. more
Hotel Hotel Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas Agios Nikolaos
Hotel Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is a luxury resort in Crete set on Vathi Beach. The 5-star beach resort is conveniently located close to the town of Agios Nikolaos. Each room, suite, and villa at the resort offers a LCD media hub television with satellite cable television, free Wi-Fi, minibar, and iPod station with alarm clock. Egyptian linen bedding, free tea & coffee service, safe, and air conditioning round off additional amenities. Some accommodations have balconies or deck areas with private pools. Hotel Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas features a full Anne Semonin spa experience with Finnish sauna, hydro-massage, Thai massage studio, and Technogym. Also, there are two indoor seawater pools at the spa, a heated, outdoor infinity seawater pool, and access to an exclusive sandy beach area. There are numerous on-site resort restaurants and bars including Taverna, Ocean Restaurant, Pangea, Crystal Box, Ocean Bar, and Beach Bar. The resort is 10 minutes from Agios Nikolaos and 20 minutes from Elounda. more
Hotel Sunbeam Studios & Apartments Agios Nikolaos
Just a few meters from the picturesque lake of Agios Nikolaos, Sunbeam is distinguished for its value-for-money accommodation. It offers easy access in the city center. Close to restaurants, shops and of course the beaches of the small town. Last but not least you can easily find parking. more
Hotel Hotel Santa Marina Agios Nikolaos
Santa Marina hotel is a 4* hotel, situated in Agios Nikolaos of Crete, one of the most popular and prettiest resorts in Greece. Convenient for demanding business and leisure travellers. Located in a privileged position in the centre of the city, only 600m away from the beautiful lake of Agios Nikolaos and only 50m from a sandy beach. The hotel offers a warm and elegant lobby bar, and an outdoor bar somewhere between the trees and various plants of the terrace, and a swimming pool area with sun beds. In the reception you will find safe deposit box services (upon extra charge) internet corner (upon charge), playroom with various games and billiards. Τhe hotel has 128 elegant rooms, fully equipped to meet the needs of the most demanding guests. All rooms have private balconies and bathrooms and centrally controlled A/C and cable Internet connection more
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