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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 Zorbas Beach Village Hotel Chania
*** LOWEST ONLINE RATES AT www.hotel-zorbas.gr *** The 3-star Zorbas Beach Hotel is a beachfront complex of 53 apartments and studios that lies on the most beautiful part of the Akrotiri peninsula in Chania. It is situated at the most privileged position that boasts stunning views over the Cretan Sea. It is located ideally right on a sandy beach, inside 30.000 m2 of private land. The hotel offers the unrivalled Cretan hospitality and the feeling of being at home, not far away from the picturesque city of Chania in Crete. Conveniently located 12 km from the airport and only 13 km from Chania city, it offers the ideal combination of accessibility and tranquillity. Set right a few steps from clean and well maintained scenic beaches, the hotel is surrounded by an unspoilt natural area which protects it from the city's noise and crowds. The crystal sea in front of it, the excellent home-made traditional food, a very personal approach, as well as the comfortable apartments and studios will make your stay an unforgettable one. Amenities of the Beach Complex: sea water swimming pool for adults and separate for children (1000 m2); outdoor dining area at the pool with high quality Cretan cuisine; pool barstools, free pool umbrellas & sun beds. more
Hotel Porto Kalamaki Chania
The 2-star Porto Kalamaki Hotel Apartments is located at Kalamaki village, 4 km west of the city of Chania & 100 m from the sandy beach of Kalamaki. The area has good connections with Chania, by regular bus itineraries, every 15 minutes. You can also take a taxi, use your own car or rent a car or motorcycle. Porto Kalamaki Hotel Apartments offers you original, Cretan hospitality, in its modern and comfortable facilities, next to the blue sea and in a very short distance from the beach and all entertainment options. In the hotel there are 24 studios that can host up to 3 persons and 24 apartments. In all apartments and studios you’ll find kitchenettes, fridge, electric burners and cooking appliances, air conditioner, television, mini safe, bathroom with shower and spacious verandas with a view to the Cretan Sea or the pool. In the heart of the hotel, a large pool and a smaller one nearby are awaiting guests, offering moments of fun for adults and children during the hot summer days, and entertaining them all day long through the night, in the atmospheric pool bar, where various events are held. The large, sandy beach of Kalamaki, ideal for families with young children, is only 100 meters away from the hotel’s entrance, and a small port for small vessels, where you can also swim, is in front of the hotel’s facilities. more
Hotel Hotel Danaos Chania
Just a short distance from the heart of the city, Hotel Danaos is a two-star seafront hotel featuring a library, lift access and complimentary self-parking at a nearby location. The hotel is an 11-minute walk from the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania. The family-friendly rooms offer an en suite bathroom, free infant beds, a refrigerator, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and a television. Daily housekeeping is provided and a hairdryer will be made available upon request. At Hotel Danaos guests will be provided with luggage storage, a hotel safe, a laundry service and express check-in and check-out. A relaxing day can be spent by the beach on the sun loungers. At a surcharge, guests will be provided with a buffet breakfast every morning during their stay. Nearby restaurants include Akrogiali Taverna, MeNou & Krasi and Sunset Taverna Stavros Crete. The hotel is an 11-minute walk from Chania Lighthouse and Firka Fortress. more
Hotel Esplanade Apartments Chania
Esplanade hotel-apartments in Chania features 13 apartments in Crete to provide several options for accommodations to meet the requirements of couples, small groups or large families. Simple and minimalistic, cool and spacious are only a few of the things you will find in the apartments. Each of them comes with an alternate decoration and a fully equipped kitchen in order to prepare your breakfast or your meals. The Esplanade studio apartments are equipped with a private bathroom, central heating, air conditioning, satellite television, telephone, refrigerator and free WiFi Internet. more
Hotel Hotel Elektra Beach Chania
The Hotel Elektra Beach offers accommodation from April to October on the Kalammaki Beachfront just 4 kilometres from Chania. The guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Other room features include a balcony with a view. Children can play in the specially designed wading pool whilst a larger pool is available for the adults. Guests can also relax on the sun loungers around the pool area. Wi-Fi is available free of charge in all public areas. A computer and printer is available for guests and the reception staff are available to help guests with car rentals and tourist information. Guests can enjoy a refreshing drink, cocktail and a snack at the poolside bar, and a buffet-style breakfast is served in the dining area daily. The beach is just 6 minutes away on foot. The Agii Apostoli Temple and Iguana Beach are both within a 10-minute drive from the Hotel Elektra Beach. more
Hotel Hotel Morfeas Chania
With a name inspired by Greek mythology, Hotel Morfeas offers a handy location near the city centre, plus it's staffed by employees who are very friendly and able to offer advice about things to do. There are six rooms at Hotel Morfeas, and six have private balconies. The accommodations are air conditioned and offer refrigerators, Internet access and telephones. The hotel's lobby is elegantly decorated and it features wood and stone accents. This public area includes a comfortable lounge area with several sofas where guests can relax alone or with friends. Greek dishes are served for lunch and dinner in the hotel's ground floor restaurant. Overnight guests get a percentage off of their food bills. This property is a five-minute walk from the Etz Hayyim Synagogue, the last remaining example of the city's Jewish culture. Also, guests can reach the Nautical Museum of Crete within a 10-minute stroll. more