ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES


Crete is well known for its vast array of ancient archeological sites which can be found throughout the island.

KNOSSOS

It is the most important centre of the Minoan civilization and is found on the 5 km southeast of Heraklion.  There visitors may admire different monuments such as the Palace of Knossos, the room with the frescos, the royal tomb and many other monuments.

FESTOS

There  visitors may admire the Palace of Festos, that is one of the most important Minoan palaces and the second in size following the Palace of Knossos. It is built on a hill at the western edge of the largest and richest plain of Messara.

SPINALONGA

The islet is found at the northern entrance of the Gulf of Elounda, in a key-location for the supervision of the natural post.  On the ruins of the ancient castle, the Venetians build a powerful fortress.  The life of the settlement was abruptly disrupted due to the political developments in Crete during the end of the 19th century. In 1903, the independent Cretan State introduced a law confining lepers and decided to create a leper hospital on Spinalonga.

FORTETZA

This is a Venetian fortress, built on the hill of Palaiokastro, where the acropolis of ancient Rithymna and the temple of Rokea Artemis were found. Today it is the most important monument of the city of Rethymnon.

GORTYNA

The ruins of the ancient city, the acropolis and the necropolises extend to an area of around 4.000 acres. Some of the most important monuments and archaeological assemblies of the area is the Odeon of Gortys, the temple of Saint Titus, the temple of the Egyptian Gods, the temple of Apollo and more.

MALIA PALACE

The archaeological area of Malia is found 37 km east of the city of Heraklion on the northern coast of Crete. The Minoan palace of Malia is found on the eastern side of Malia in a exquisite location by the sea.

HERSONISSOS

HERSONISSOS

At the western edge of Malia Golf, in an area of unique natural beauty that combines the magic touch of the sea and the magnificence of the Lasithi mountains nearby, lies Hersonissos, one of the oldest settlements of Crete.

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KOUTOULOUFARI

KOUTOULOUFARI

Koutouloufari is only 29 km away from Heraklion and is found on the slope of Mount Pirgia, at a latitude of 100 meters.

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CRETE

CRETE

Crete is a unique and a special place to visit. It is the largest island in the country and the holiday destination of around 3 million tourists a year.

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MUSEUMS

MUSEUMS

The island of Crete is of great archeological importance and offers many natural beauties.

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BEACHES

BEACHES

The beaches on Crete are some of the best and most well known beaches in Greece.

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HIKING-CLIMBING

HIKING-CLIMBING

Exploring Crete’s walking and hiking trails is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing the island’s outstanding natural beauty.

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ENTERTAINMENT

ENTERTAINMENT

Alongside the ancient archeological sites and the natural beauties of Crete, there are many more entertainment options to please both young and adult visitors.

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