Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Iraklio

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

This state-of-the-art museum is one of the largest and most important in Greece. The two-story revamped 1930s Bauhaus building makes a gleaming showcase for artefacts spanning 5500 years from neolithic to Roman time…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Knossos

Palace of Knossos

Crete’s most famous historical attraction is the Palace of Knossos, the grand capital of Minoan Crete, located 5km south of Iraklio. The setting is evocative and the ruins and re-creations impressive, incorporating …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Phaestos

Phaestos

Phaestos was the second-most important Minoan palace-city after Knossos and enjoys an awe-inspiring setting with panoramic views of the Messara Plain and Mt Psiloritis. Like Knossos, Phaestos (fes-tos) was built ato…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Malia

Palace of Malia

The Palace of Malia, 3km east of Malia, was built at about the same time as the great Minoan palaces of Phaestos and Knossos. The First Palace dates back to around 1900 BC and was rebuilt after the earthquake of 170…
Top Choice Historic Site in The Hinterland & Mt Psiloritis

Moni Arkadiou

The 16th-century Arkadi Monastery, some 23km southeast of Rethymno, has deep significance for Cretans. As the site where hundreds of cornered locals massacred both themselves and invading Turks, it's a stark and pot…
Top Choice Museum in Hania

Hania Archaeological Museum

The setting alone in the beautifully restored 16th-century Venetian Church of San Francisco is reason to visit this fine collection of artefacts from neolithic to Roman times. Late-Minoan sarcophagi catch the eye as…
Top Choice Historic Site in Hania

Venetian Harbour

There are few places where Hania's historic charm and grandeur is more palpable than in the old Venetian Harbour. It's lined by pastel-coloured buildings that punctuate a maze of narrow lanes lined with shops and ta…
Top Choice Aquarium in Gournes & Around

CretAquarium

This huge aquarium occupies the grounds of a former US military base. Inhabited by some 2000 Mediterranean critters, this high-tech indoor sea will likely bring smiles to even the most jaded youngster. You can watch…
Top Choice Fortress in Rethymno

Fortezza

Looming over Rethymno, the star-shaped Venetian fortress cuts an imposing figure with its massive walls and imposing bastions but was nevertheless unable to stave off the Turks in 1646. Over time, an entire village …
Top Choice Lagoon in Gramvousa Peninsula

Balos

The rugged Gramvousa Peninsula cradles the lagoon-like white powdery beach of Balos, whose shallow, shimmering turquoise waters will undoubtedly bring a giggle to your holiday-hungry throat. The beach is gorgeous, w…