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Tales of Crete


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The island of Crete has an extensive, important history. It was once home to the ancient Minoan civilization, a Bronze Age civilization that predated even the Greeks.
It’s a place filled with everything from historic forts, plates of yummy Greek food and oodles of beautiful scenery. There’s a whole heap of amazing things to do in Crete.
In our Crete travel blog, you'll find all the information you need to plan your trip to Crete. From the best time to visit Crete to what to see, here's everything you need to know.
As Crete is one of the southernmost places in Europe, it enjoys warm summers and good weather most year round, with the exception of winter months, when it can be surprisingly cold and damp.
In fact, snow is not rare between December and February, and in the past years, there have been a number of floods.
The best months to visit Crete are in general the off high season months, April – June and September, but as it’s a big island it is possible to stay away from the crowds even in August.
You can travel to Crete by plane or ferry. Both Heraklion and Chania have international airports and connect both domestic and international flights to and from Crete. For most independent travellers, arriving at Heraklion International Airport makes the most sense.

Be sure to check out our latest travel tips and guides for dozens of beaches, gorges, monasteries and cities around Crete. 


Preveli beach
Where is preveli Beach Crete? Preveli Beach is located on the south coast of Crete Island, a little over 100 km from the capital of Heraklion and the main airport of the island. It is closer to the city of Chania and its airport, yet still one hour away by…

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5 top sights in Malia
Malia or Mallia (Greek: Μάλια) is a coastal town and a former municipality in the northeast corner of the Heraklion regional unit in Crete,  It lies 34 kilometres (21 miles) east of Heraklion, the Cretan main city. The municipal unit also includes the villages of Mochos (Greek: Μοχός) (825), Krasi…

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Sunken city of Olous, Crete
The sunken city of Olous sleeps one kilometer east of Elounda, near the windmills on the peninsula of Spinalonga

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May day in Crete
The May Day celebration in Greece is woven tightly into the overall cultural identity. Nowadays in Greece,

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Which is the best Cretan beach ?
Crete is the largest island of Greece and its coastline of 1,046 m (650 miles) – the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean..

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Greek Easter customs in Crete
Easter on Crete is a day to celebrate. Families gather again before noon to roast the lamb on a spit and then enjoy...

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Churches and monasteries in Crete
The religion of Greek people is an important aspect of Greek culture and 98% of the Greek population ..

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Kritiki diatrofi : Cretan Cuisine
The cuisine of Crete is an interesting blend of Greek, Middle East and Italian influence, reflecting the turbulent history..

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Drive to Myrtos, the best beach in South Crete
Myrtos village is located 13 km west of Ierapetra. Myrtos has one of the best beaches in South Crete..

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Neraidospilios cave - Astrakiano Gorge
At ‘Astrakiano Gorge’, north of the Astrakoi Bridge, there is the cave called Neraidospilios...

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Krasi village
Krasi is situated at the foot of Mount Selena at an altitude of 600 m. and is a charming destination.

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Drive to Agiofaraggo Crete
Agiofarago beach is located about 80 km south of Heraklion city, at the exit of the Agiofarago...

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Richtis gorge, Crete
Richtis Gorge is located on the north side of Lassithi prefecture between Agios Nikolaos and Siteia...

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Koufonisi island
Koufonisi or Leuki, is a tropical island located south of Lassithi prefecture in the Libyan Sea.

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Istron - Voulisma beach
Voulisma is one of the most popular beaches near Agios Nikolaosthe second of the three bays of Istron village..

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Drive to Stavros beach, Crete
Stavros is a village located 17km northeast of Chania, near the northernmost tip of Akrotiri.

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10 Top places to see in Crete
Definitely, the 10 best places that you must visit in Crete. The most important sites and the most beautiful villages..

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Everything about Seitan limania beach
Seitan Limania Beach (or else Stephan’s Beach) is 20 km southeast of Chania at Akrotiri and one of the most ..

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8 Benefits of travelling with friends
The decision to travel alone or with friends will be based on your current situation, individual preferences...

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Travel with Kids to Crete
The incredible island of Crete has so much to offer to travelling families and it is often voted one of the most popular and safe 

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Kato Gouves : Things to do during your visit
Kato Gouves is just a few minutes from Heraklion airport

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Automatic vs manual gearbox
Hiring a car for your holiday comes with a lot of questions, mainly: should I get a manual or an automatic?

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Best tips for driving in Crete
No matter which car you choose, never forget: Follow the rules  

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Epiphany's Orthodox celebrations in Crete, Greece
Epiphany is one of the most sacred Greek Orthodox celebrations as it..

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Road trip to Matala
Live today, tomorrow never comes !!

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Spring on Crete. Cretan customs, Greece
“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”

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Elafonisi Beach. Top destination on the southwestern part of Crete
What characterizes the area of Elafonissos and makes it such an exotic place, are the little sand islets formed, the shallow...

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Spinalonga island on Crete
An island located in the Gulf of Elounda in north-eastern Crete. Elounda is easily accessible with your car by the national road. 45 min from Heraklion 

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Santorini volcanic island visit from Crete
Santorini is the world-famous volcanic island located in the most southern part of the Cyclades group of islands..

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April Fool's Day customs in Crete, Greece
The French are to blame !!! The version, which is considered more historically valid, wants 16th century France as the birthplace of the custom

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Things to do in Heraklion
Heraklion is the largest city and the administrative capital of Crete. The influence of the civilisations that passed from the island is obvious,

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Is needed an international driver's permit to rent a car in Crete?
Do I need an international driver's permit to rent a car in Crete? Check what documents are needed 

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Lasithi plateau by car
The Lasithi Plateau is the largest plateau in Crete. A fertile inland plain at an elevation of 800 to 850m, bordered by the imposing Dikti Mountains, the

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Rethymno, things to do during visit
Rethymno is the third largest city of Crete and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Greece. It has a romantic atmosphere

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Monastery Agia Triada Tsagarolon in Chania
The monastery of Agia Triada of Tsagarolon is one of the richest, most impressive, the largest and most beautiful monasteries in Crete.

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Check Katholiko beach near Chania
Check your list and add Katholiko beach near Chania, to the places you must visit on Crete and enjoy Impressive ..

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New Year's Eve in Crete
The new year is just hours away and the whole world is getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2022.

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Heraklion Christmas happenings
Heraklion is the biggest and definitely the most festive city on the island, this blessed place with its great tradition..

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Travel to Mochlos
Mochlos is a small charming fishing village located In the gulf of Mirabello in eastern Crete. Nobody arrives in Mochlos by chance...

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Amnissos beach near Heraklion
Amnissos is an ideal place to collect your rented car and start your tour around the island to discover and ..

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1821 - 2021 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the War of Independence
2021 marks the 200 years anniversary of Greek Independence that occurred on 25th March 1821.

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Mideia, who is she?
In Greek mythology, Medea is the daughter of the king of Colchis, Aetius and Oceania Idia or Hecate and the granddaughter of the sun god

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Is it safe drive on Crete ?
Always be alert and never assume that other drivers are going to do the right thing. ..

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Why Visiting Crete in summer 2020?
Located in the south, Crete is the biggest island of Greece, offering experiences for everyone

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Covid 19
Beginning July 1, 2020, the Greek government has determined how the country will welcome travellers, carry out the necessary diagnostic screening and keep everyone safe throughout the season. The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the planning. All travellers are obliged to complete their PLF at least 48 hours…

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Coronavirus pandemic and car rental
Dear customers Dear Friends, We pay special attention to the careful cleaning of our rental vehicles, so that everyone feels safe while using them. This means that before we rent any vehicle, they are professionally cleaned in a multi-step cleaning process incorporating the latest products to minimize the risk of…

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