Crete Island

Crete Island

 

 

ClassCompany NameTelephoneDestinationAddressEmailWeb
LAldemar Knossos Royal Villas+30 28970 27400HeraklionLimenas Hersonissou, 70014
LAldemar Royal Mare+30 28970 25025HeraklionLimenas Hersonissou, 70014
LAquila Elounda Village+30 28410 41802LasithiElounda, 72053
LAquila Porto Rethymno+30 28310 50432Rethymno52a Venizelou Str., 74100
LAtlantica Kalliston Resort & Spa+30 28210 34400ChaniaGlaros, 73100
LAtlantis Beach Hotel+30 28310 51002Rethymno28 Ari Velouchioti Str.,74100
LAvra Imperial Hotel+30 28240 84500ChaniaKolymbari 73006
LBella Beach Hotel+30 28970 21410HeraklionAnnisaras, 70014, Hersonisos
LBlue Palace A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Crete+30 28410 65500LasithiP.O. Box 38,Elounda, 72053
LCavo Spada Luxury Sports & Leisure Resort & Spa+30 28240 22121ChaniaRapaniana, 73006
LCreta Maris Beach Resort+30 28970 27000HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
LCreta Royal Hotel+30 2831 071812RethymnoSkaleta, 74100
LDaios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas+30 28410 62600LasithiVathi, 72100
LElounda Bay Palace Hotel+30 28410 67000LasithiElounda, 72053
LElounda Beach Hotel & Villas+30 28410 63000LasithiElounda, 72053
LElounda Gulf Villas & Suites+30 28410 90300LasithiMesa Pigadakia, Schisma Elounda, 72053
LElounda Mare Hotel Relais & Chateaux+30 28410 68200LasithiElounda, 72053
LElounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel+30 28410 68250LasithiElounda, 72053
LGalaxy Hotel Iraklio+30 2810 238812Heraklion75 Dimokratias Ave., 71306
LGalini Sea View Hotel+30 28210 60294ChaniaAgia Marina, 73100
LGrecotel Amirandes Crete+30 28970 41103HeraklionP.O. Box 106, 71110
LKalimera Kriti Hotel & Village Resort+30 28410 69000LasithiSissi, 72400
LKnossos Beach Bungalows & Suites+30 2810 761000HeraklionKokkini Hani, 71500
LMinoa Palace Resort & Spa+30 28210 36500ChaniaPlatanias, 73014,
LMythos Palace Resort & Spa+30 28250 61713ChaniaGeorgioupolis, 73007
LOut Of The Blue Capsis Elite Resort+30 2810 811112HeraklionAgia Pelagia, 71500
LPanorama Hotel+30 28210 31700ChaniaKato Galatas, 73110
LPerle Resort Hotel & Health Spa Marine+30 28210 39400ChaniaP.O. Box 268 Stavros, 73100
LPilot Beach Resort+30 28250 61000ChaniaGeorgioupolis, 73007
LPleiades Luxurious Villas+30 2310 810624Agios Nikolaos72100
LPorto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort+30 28410 68000LasithiElounda, 72053
LPorto Platanias Beach Resort & Spa+30 28210 38800ChaniaPlatanias, 73014
LRadisson Blu Beach Resort Milatos Crete+30 28410 65000LasithiMilatos, 72400
LSerita Beach Hotel+30 28970 24542HeraklionAnissaras, 70014
LThe Royal Blue Resort+30 28340 55000RethymnoPanormo Geropotamou, 74057
LTui Magic Life Candia Maris+30 2810 377000HeraklionGazi, 71414
LVantaris Palace+30 28250 61783ChaniaKavros, 73007
LWyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay+30 28410 28400Agios NikolaosHavania, 72100, Lasithi
AAgapi Beach Resort+30 2810 250502HeraklionAmmoudara, 71002
AAldemar Cretan Village+30 28970 27600HeraklionLimenas Hersonissou, 70014,
AAlexander Beach Hotel & Village+30 28970 32134HeraklionP.O. Box 114, 70007, Malia
AAmalthia Beach Resort+30 28210 68592ChaniaAgia Marina, 73100
AArina Beach Resort+30 2810 761293HeraklionKokkini Hani, 71500
AArion Palace Hotel+30 28420 25930LasithiIerapetra, 72200
AAvdou Collection Suites+30 28970 51510HeraklionAvdou Pediados, 70005
AAvdou Collection Suites+30 28970 51510HeraklionAvdoy Pediados, 70005
ABali Paradise Hotel+30 28340 94253RethymnoBali, 74057
ABest Western Kalyves Beach Hotel+30 282 5031285ChaniaKalyves Apokoronou, 73003
ABest Western Sunshine Village Hotel+30 289 7025136HeraklionSeferi Str., Hersonissos, 70014
ABlue Bay Resort Hotel+30 2810 811072HeraklionAgia Pelagia, 71500
ACandia Park Village+30 28410 26811LasithiAghios Nikolaos, 72100
ACapsis Astoria Hotel+30 2810 343080HeraklionEleftherias Sq., 71201
ACastello Village Resort+30 28410 71367LasithiSissi, 72400
ACivitel Akali+30 28210 92872Chania55 Kissamou str., 73131
ACivitel Creta Beach+30 2810 252302Heraklion74 Andrea Papandreou str., 71414, Ammoudara
ACoral Hotel+30 28410 28363Agios Nikolaos20 Akti Koundourous, 72100, Lasithi
ACretan Malia Park+30 28970 31461HeraklionMalia, 70007
AEliros Mare Hotel+30 28250 61103ChaniaGeorgioupolis, 730 07
AElounda Breeze Resort+30 28410 41003LasithiElounda, 72053
AEsperides Resort & Spa+30 28970 22323HeraklionCosta Varnali Str., Koutouloufari, Hersonissos
AFodele Beach & Water Park Holiday Resort+30 2810 521251HeraklionP.O. Box 1354, 71500
AGalaxy Villas Resort+30 28970 22910HeraklionAg.Konstantinou Str, 70014, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos
AGolden Beach Hotel+30 28970 24475Heraklion191 El.Venizelou Str., Hersonissos, 70014
AGolden Star Seaside resort+30 28970 25186HeraklionAnalipsi, 70014
AGrand Bay Beach Resort+30 28240 83380ChaniaKolymbari, 73000
AGrand Hotel Holiday Resort+30 28970 26300HeraklionLimenas Chersonissou, 70014
AGrecotel Creta Palace Hotel+30 28310 55181LasithiMissiria, 74100
AGrecotel Marine Palace & Aqua Park+30 28340 51610RethymnoPanormos, 74007
AHermes Hotel+30 28410 28253Agios NikolaosAkti Koundourou, 72100, Lasithi
AIberostar Creta Marine+30 28340 51290RethymnoP.O. Box 265 Gr, 74100
AIberostar Creta Panorama & Mare+30 28340 51502RethymnoP.O. Box 32, 74100
AIdeon Hotel+30 28310 28667Rethymno10 Plastira Sq, 74100
AIkaros Beach Resort & Spa+30 28970 31268HeraklionMalia, 70007
AIlianthos Village Luxury Hotel & Suites+30 28210 60667ChaniaAgia Marina, Platanias, 73014
AKatalagari Country Suites+30 2810 360384HeraklionKatalagari Village, 70100
AKydon Hotel+30 28210 52280ChaniaSofoklis Venizelou Sq., 731 00
ALato Boutique Hotel+30 2810 228103Heraklion15 Epimenidou Str., 712 02
ALouis Creta Princess Aquapark & Spa+30 28210 62702ChaniaP.O.Box 9 Maleme, 73014
ALyttos Beach Hotel+30 28970 28500HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
AMagda Hotel+30 28970 42907HeraklionKato Gouves, 70014
AMinos Hotel+30 28310 53921Rethymno5 Machiton Scholis Chorofilakis Str., 74100
AMinos Mare Hotel+30 28310 50388Rethymno17 Pavlou Drandaki Platanias, 74100
ANana Beach Resort+30 28970 30100HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
ANeptuno Beach Resort+30 2810 370227HeraklionAmmoudara, 71414
APalazzino Di Corina+30 28310 21205Rethymno7-9 Damvergi Str., 74100
APeninsula Resort & Spa+30 2810 811313HeraklionAgia Pelagia, 71110
APorto Del Colombo Hotel+30 28210 70945ChaniaTheofanous & Moschon Corner, 73131
ARethymno Mare Royal Hotel+30 28310 71703RethymnoSkaleta, 74100
ASanta Marina Plaza Luxury Boutique Hotel+30 28210 36860ChaniaAgia Marina, 73014
ASelini Suites+30 22840 83033ChaniaRapaniana, 73006
ASentido Pearl Beach+30 28310 51513RethymnoBeach Road, 74100
ASilva Beach Hotel+30 28970 22850HeraklionHersonnisos, 70014
ASpilia Village Hotel+30 28240 83300ChaniaSpilia, 73006
ASyntopia Hotel+30 28310 71471RethymnoAdelianos Kambos, 74100
AThalassa Beach Resort+30 28210 60660ChaniaAgia Marina, 73014
AThe Village Resort & Waterpark+30 28970 26160HeraklionHersonissos, 70014
ATheartemis Palace+30 28310 53991Rethymno26 Markou Portaliou, 74100
AVantaris Beach Hotel+30 28250 61135ChaniaKavros, 73007
AVeneto Boutique Hotel+30 28310 56634Rethymno4 Epimenidou Str., 74100
AVilla Archanes+30 2810 390770Rethymno19 Evaggelias Armenaki Str.,70100 Ano Archanes
BBest Western Your Memories Hotel+30 28970 41844HeraklionKato Gouves, 70014
BIrida Hotel+30 28210 46060Chania1 El. Venizelou & 8Th December Str., 73133
BPorto Veneziano Hotel+30 28210 27100ChaniaAkti Enoseos & Glafkou, 73100

 

Location

Balos Beach, Chania, CreteWelcome to Crete, the largest island of Greece, a unique tourist destination with exceptional natural beauty, endless beaches and archaeological sites. We invite you to explore the island with its diversity of activities that covers all forms of tourism.

Crete offers a plethora of tourist facilities with numerous luxury hotels probably some of the best around the country, with historical and cultural heritage going back for centuries with green valleys and gorges. Crete is one of the most popular tourist Greek destination in the world also being famous for its cuisine which is the base of the Mediterranean Diet.

It has conference facilities as well as large conference centres mainly in hotels and resorts making Crete an ideal destination for congresses and incentives. In addition, Crete has two golf courses and modern sports facilities to host international sporting events, as well as diving centres, etc.

Crete is a unique tourist destination suitable for relaxed holidays as well as conferences organization offering numerous activity options like outdoor activities and golfing, with high cultural interest and religious paths, wine roads and wine tasting in local wineries.

Getting There

Heraklion Bay, CreteCrete can be approached both by sea or air. The two most important ports of the East Mediterranean Sea, the port of Heraklion and the port of Chania (Souda) connect the island with the Greek mainland primarily through the port of Piraeus, some of the Aegean islands and Peloponnese as well as other neighbouring European ports with a large number of ferries and cruise ships especially during the summer period.

Crete has two international airports, one in Heraklion and a second in Chania, with regular scheduled flights usually with a stopover in Athens or charter flights connecting directly the island with most of the European capitals.

Popular Destinations

Chania, CreteCrete being is the largest island in Greece, crossed by imposing mountain-ranges, strewn with awe-inspiring gorges, featuring thousands of caves and numerous sandy beaches in addition to the island’s rich cultural and historical heritage, followed by tourism facilities, makes it hard to point out a limited list of options. However must see places can be narrowed down to the most visited ones with unique destinations of both natural beauty and cultural interest.

Chania Old Town with its Venetian Harbour lined with cafes, restaurants and winding cobbled alleyways steeped in history will amaze you with the beautiful historic buildings, where you will find Cretan handicraft shops, a weaver’s shop, boot makers on the Leather Street, and rows of shops selling hand carved Cretan knives. A stroll around the harbour gives the essence of its past and present naval activity in the view of fishing boats, yachts and pleasure boats, to finally reach the beautiful renovated lighthouse. A trip on a horse drawn carriage provides an insight on the heart of the old town.

Agios Nikolaos situated in Eastern Crete, is a town built around a picturesque lake which is connected to the sea by a short canal. The town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and the modern marina hosts hundreds of boats and yachts. Lying just 10 km from Agios Nikolaos is the Elounda Gulf which is well known for its prestigious luxury hotels to often host the rich and famous, still retaining much of its old charm at the small fishing port of Elounda. Right of the coast of Elounda, Spinalonga Island with its Venetian fortification which was built to guard the entrance to the sheltered bay, also reveals parts of the rich local history. However Spinalonga, has been mainly renowned for hosting a leper colony from 1903 until 1957 where lepers from all over Greece were forcibly shipped to the island in order to avoid the spread of the disease, as being immortalised in Victoria Hislop’s bestselling book ‘The Island’. Nowadays the island, although being uninhabited, it can be visited by a short boat trip from Elounda, Plaka or Agios Nikolaos.

Just 25 km from the historic town of Rethymnon visitors find the most important site in the area of Arkadi Monestry, a living monastery with a heroic history being a national shrine. During the 1866 rebellion, the monastery served as a Cretan stronghold where hundreds of Cretan guerrilla fighters and their families took refuge as the Turks advanced and had the upper hand in the proceedings. After being surrounded by the Turkish army that lay siege for two days, the ammunition stores in the monastery were exploded deliberately on the orders of the Abbot where hundreds were killed in the internal blast, both Cretans and Turks, and consequently the Cretan survivors were put to death. There are celebrations annually on the anniversary of the 7-9 November blast. Nowadays there are still monks and a couple of nuns living at the monastery to ensure its preservation and maintenance of the church and the surrounding buildings and run the small museum where relics from the monastery and the church are kept.

Moni Preveli, Rethymno, Crete, GreeceFinally Cretan countless beaches both touristic and unexplored are not to be missed by any visitor. Within the periphery of Chania, Elafonisi is the most distinctive and popular one, situated on the west cost of the island. Here the visitor will find something exotic and distinctive where small beaches cluster with pink sand and shallow never ending waters, splashed with rocky small islands. Fragkokastello imposed by its Venetian castle, is at the end of the sandy coast with the lagoon of green – blue waters. At the end of Gramvousa cape is the beautiful Balos beach, in the west side of the island is Falasarna with an amazing sandy beach and smaller isolated bays while Maleme is another great in length sandy beach. Right outside the city of Rethymnon is a 12km long beach, having all the organized beaches on the north side of the area, while the south coast tend to have more isolated beaches such as Ammoudi with imposing rocks standing in the sea. Finally Preveli beach is located in exotic scenery composed by a river, waterfalls, palm trees and fine white sand. At the north coast of Heraklion beats the heart of the touristic industry of the whole island at beaches like Malia, Chersonissos etc. On the south coast more tranquil beaches can be found like Matala, also being known for the excavated caves inhabited by hippies during the 60′. The prefecture of Lasithi has numerous sandy or pebbled beaches usually being very busy and organized usually close to luxurious hotels like Elounda or Ierapetra. The most exotic beach or the area is Vai being the only seaside palm tree forest around the country.

Sightseeing & Monuments

Snake Goddess, Minoan Area, CreteCrete has been the birthplace of the European civilization in 7000BC, where the Minoan civilisation flourished between 2700 BC and 1450BC. The Palace of Knossos which lies just south of Heraklion is the largest of the preserved Minoan palaces and thought to be the centre of Minoan civilization. Being known as the legendary home of King Minos as well as source of the mythical Labyrinth which held the Minotaur, the palace was excavated and partly reconstructed by British Archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in 1900. The site monuments include Knossos Palace, The Little Palace, The Royal Villa, The Frescoes House and the Temple Tomb.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is located in the centre of Heraklion City with its exhibits covering a period of 5,000 years, from neolithic era to Greco Roman period. It contains the best Minoan art examples in the world such as the Phaistos Disk, the Snake Goddess, Bull Leaping and King of the Lillies Frescoes.

Things To Do

The lovers of nature cannot miss a walk through the Samaria Gorge of 16km total length situated in the prefecture of Chania, which is one of the longest gorges in Europe. The spectacular gorge is a National Park and boasts magnificent flaura and fauna. Only accessible during the summer period as in the winter a river runs through the gorge gives the visitors the chance to enjoy a long 5 to 6 hours walk, although tiring, is a well worth experience.

The outdoor adventurers find their paradise in the island of Crete, because of its large size and the morphology of the land, mountains, canyons, rivers and forests wait for you to explore them. Rock climbing or rappel, cannoning and caving, river trekking and kayak, hiking and mountain biking or even 4X4 jeep tours are some of the visitor’s available activities to enjoy within some of the most outstanding landscapes around the country.

Gastronomy

Befitting its reputation as a fiercely independent island, Crete is self-sufficient all year-round producer of olive oil fresh fruit, legumes, wild herbs, greens and vegetables, as well as seafood, meat products and especially lamb. While products undergo minimal processing or even none at all, no wonder why Cretans are the longest living European citizens.

The freshness of the ingredients available at the island make any gastronomic attempt from traditional cooking to high end gastronomy, a certain success. Amongst the numerous traditional meat and vegetable dishes widely served in restaurants and taverns across the island, visitors cannot miss the widely known dakos salad made with rusks, the local rice dish traditionally served in weddings, as well as snails. Dairy products like graviera cheese myzithra and anthotiro or local yogurt, take milk products to another level. Kalitsounia or famous spoon sweets are excellent local deserts while every meal is accompanied by either raki or wine. Raki or tsikoudia is the local hard drink usually home produced and therefore rarely bottled alike wine, both vastly consumed by the locals and highly appreciated by the visitors who often enjoy the locals’ treats.

Useful Telephone Numbers

Chania Airport of Chania: +30 28210 83800 Port Authority of Chania: +30 28210 98888 Chania Buses Services: +30 28210 93306 Chania Police: +30 28210 25750 Chania Tourist Police: +30 28210 28708 Chania Hospital: +30 28210 27000 Heraklion Airport of Heraklion: +30 2810 228402 Port Authority of Heraklion: +30 2810 244912 Heraklion Buses Services: +30 2810 245019 Heraklion Police: +30 2810 274010 Heraklion Tourist Police: +30 2810 274046 Regional Academic Hospital (PAGNI): +30 2813 402111 Heraklion General Hospital: +30 2813 408000 Archaeological museum of Heraklion: + 30 2810 279000 Archaeological site of Knossos: +30 2810 231940

Lasithi

Airport of Sitia: +30 28430 24424
Port Authority of Agios Nikolaos: +30 28410 22312
Port Authority of Ierapetra: +30 28420 22294
Port Authority of Sitia: +30 28430 22310
Agios Nikolaos Bus Services: +30 28410 22234
Ierapetra Buses Services: +30 28420 28237
Sitia Buses Services: +30 28430 22272
Agios Nikolaos Police: +30 28410 22251
Ierapetra Police: +30 28420 90160, 28420 90176
Sitia Police: +30 28430 22259
Agios Nikolaos Tourist Police: +30 28410 26900
Agios Nikolaos Health Care Centre: +30 28410 25221
Ierapetra Health Care Centre: +30 2842 90222
Sitia Hospital: +30 28433 40100

Rethymnon

Port Authority of Rethymnon: +30 28310 22276
Rethymnon Buses Services: +30 28310 22212
Rethymnon Police: +30 28310 25247
Rethymnon Tourist Police: +30 28310 28156, +30 28310 29148
Rethymnon Hospital: +30 28310 27491

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