The island of Crete is of great archeological importance and offers many natural beauties. There are many museums to visit if you would like to discover its rich heritage and know more about its culture, history, artifacts and science.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF HERAKLION
This museum is one of the largest and most notable museums in Greece and one of the most important ones in Europe. The exhibits include representative examples from all periods of the Cretan prehistory and history. What dominates the museum, however, are the masterpieces of Minoan artists.
HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF CRETE IN HERAKLION
The HMC offers a composite view of Cretan history and art from the early Christian centuries to the 20th century. Temporary exhibitions cover a wide span, ranging from Byzantine to modern art, showcasing key literary figures in Greece (Elytis, Kazantzakis), and presenting major historical events from the late 19th century to the Second World War.
NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS MUSEUM
The aim of the museum is to preserve the work as well as to narrate the life of the Cretan writer. In the exhibition, personal objects of the writer and his family, handwritten work, letters etc are presented.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF RETHYMNON
Its exhibits, that include findings in caves, settlements and other places, offer a complete presentation of the cultural history of the municipality, starting from the Neolithic years and extending till the time of the Roman occupation.
HISTORICAL AND FOLKLORE MUSEUM OF RETHYMNO
It is housed in a Venetian preserved building of the 17th century. Its exhibitions extend to 5 rooms and include mainly artefacts of the traditional hand-made crafts and folklore art.
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF AGIOS NIKOLAOS
It was founded in order to exhibit findings of Eastern Crete. Up until then, these findings were presented at the Museum of Heraklion. The exhibition has not taken its final form, however, it covers a large time period from the Neolithic Period until the end of the Greek-Roman era.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF CHANIA
The museum aims at promoting the cultural history of the area at the best possible manner, so that it becomes a pole of attraction for visitors, allowing them to admire exhibits from the Neolithic era until the time of Roman occupation.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The Museum of Natural History is found in Heraklion, it preserves and develops collections, conducts research on the natural inhabitant, promotes its exhibition areas and the particularities of Crete as well as the Mediterranean.
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.
Koutouloufari is only 29 km away from Heraklion and is found on the slope of Mount Pirgia, at a latitude of 100 meters.
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.
Crete is well known for its vast array of ancient archeological sites which can be found throughout the island.
The beaches on Crete are some of the best and most well known beaches in Greece.
Exploring Crete’s walking and hiking trails is one of the most rewarding ways of seeing the island’s outstanding natural beauty.
Alongside the ancient archeological sites and the natural beauties of Crete, there are many more entertainment options to please both young and adult visitors.