The largest of the Greek islands is a fascinating combination of traditions, natural attractions and delicious food. Crete is blessed with a Mediterranean climate and a touch of African air, forming the most southern part of Europe.
The mountainous country hides peaceful villages, long gorges and fertile valleys, making it a superb destination for adventurers and those seeking relaxation. There are outstanding monasteries, ancient castles, stunning hiking paths and idyllic villages to inspire you, mixed in with modern pleasures such as spotless beaches, delicious dining, unparalleled nightlife and all kinds of shopping. You will love Crete and its two most beautiful cities, Chania and Heraklion.
Ammoudara is a clean, long stretch, sandy beach that’s only 10 minutes away from Heraklion by car. The area is bustling with shops and nightlife during the summer season, filled with restaurants, boutiques, night clubs, supermarkets and even a medical clinic. Just minutes away, the quaint city of Heraklion boasts several museums, a Venetian castle and noteworthy monuments to explore. Ammoudara is also a quick 15-minute ride to the airport and offers easy access to the highway that takes you to all other parts of the island. You can easily get to nearby Rethymnon for a change of scenery or to the even closer party town of Hersonissos.
For the less adventurous, an easy trip to the center of Heraklion and the famous site of Knossos nearby will fascinate you. The city’s Greek hospitality, portside castle, Venetian buildings, rich museums and Ottoman vestiges will delight you beyond words and will immerse you in a spectacular Mediterranean culture like no other. After all, Heraklion is one of Europe’s southern-most cities, combining the best of Eastern and Western beauty, civilization and culture for you to enjoy.
The town of Chania is a fascinating mix of boutiques, museums, architectural styles, traditional buildings, holy sites, nightspots and restaurants, opening up a world of dreamy activities and entertainment for you to enjoy. Sports facilities, nature escapes and shopping streets are also part of this wonderful package. Find yourself in the beauty of Chania.
Talking about Chania brings to mind images of typical Mediterranean landscape blended with rich Cretan tradition and the historic heritage of more than 3000 years. Several civilizations have left their traces on the town, either through trade, religion or conquest. Enjoy a stroll around the city’s landmarks and to experience strongly the unique cultural crossroads of Chania where antiquity, middle-ages, Renaissance and modern tradition meet.