Where is Crete?
Crete is a mountainous island located between the southern Aegean and the Libyan Seas. Its 8300 km ² makes it the largest island of Greece, with a total of 1,040 km of coastline and a population of about 700,000. The northern part of the island is much more populated than the southern, but both are places to observe Cretan life and to relax on its famous beaches. Many tourists come to Crete every year to walk along its streets and enjoy the landscape in the pleasant Mediterranean climate.
What does a visit to Crete have to offer?
Myths of Crete in reach. Heraklion is the capital of the island and most of the mythological Cretan museums and Venetian building remains are concentrated there. The ancient city of Heraklion, which has many squares and wide streets with balconies overlooking the sea, also has a lively nightlife.
Stunning beaches and coves. The beaches of Crete will delight all travelers with their clear deep waters and fine sand. They are very nice for spending a day in the sun and to engage in aquatic sports. The best beaches are located in southern Crete, as they are less known and visitors can fully enjoy their tranquility.
The Palace of Knossos and its secrets. Very close to the city are the ruins of the Palace of Knossos. It was discovered, excavated and partially reconstructed by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and visitors can admire its murals, colonnade baths and the famous Villa Adriana.
A 16 km gorge. The Samaria Gorge, a National Park and World Heritage Site, is another place worth visiting in Crete. This 16 km long gorge is one of the largest in Europe and is located in the western part of the island. You can only visit it during the summer months because in winter the river makes the Samaria Gorge too dangerous.
Minotaurs and Gods. In addition to its beaches, culture and nature, Crete is an island full of legends. Greek mythology is indebted to Crete for the birth of the legends of Zeus, the Rape of Europa and the Labyrinth of the Minotaur.
Are you interested in IBEROSTAR Hotels and Resorts for visit to Crete?
The IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts group has 2 hotels on the island of Crete, with 4 -and 5-star accommodations with an optional All-Inclusive regimen. These hotels offer everything visitors are seeking during their visit to the Greek island: full-service dining with bars and restaurants of all kinds, with leisure and entertainment that runs from relaxing at a spa to exciting activities such as water skiing, and sports, such as tennis, that can be played at the hotel facilities. In addition, the nights are filled with performances and shows to put the finishing touch on the wonderful days spent during your visit to Crete.