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    Giannoudi

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    Patriko Country House, Vóroi
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    Venetian House, Chania Town

    Venetian House

    Chania Old Town, Chania Town

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  • Aldemar Knossos Royal 5 stars

    Anissaras, Hersonissos

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Crete highlights

Chania Old Town and Harbour
Along with its Venetian Harbour and colourful market, the winding alleyways of Chania let you wander through architectural history.
Phaestos
Phaestos was a major centre of the Minoan Civilisation and is where the famous Phaestos Disc was discovered.
Elafonnisi Beach
Endless beaches with unique pink sand, and out in the crystal-clear waters is the islet of Elafonissi.
Samaria Gorge
Extending from the village of Omalos right down to the Mediterranean, this gorge is renowned for wildlife and hiking.
Preveli Beach
A breathtaking sight, at Preveli Beach you can experience natural spa pools.
Falassarna Beach
Falassarna's kilometre of fine sand and turquoise waters is just waiting to be enjoyed.
Spinalonga Island
The Venetian fortress of Spinalonga Island was used as a leper colony during the first half of the 20th century.
Arkadi Monastery
The 16th century Arkadi Monastery is a stunning piece of Renaissance architecture and symbol of resistance against the Ottomans.
Rethymno Venetian Harbour and Fortress
Walking around the narrow streets, from the Venetian Harbour to the well-preserved Fortezza Castle, definitely makes Rethymno worth a visit.
Knossos Palace
Knossos was the ancient centre of the Minoan Civilisation. Come and visit its colourful frescoes and maze of buildings.

Centuries of History, Days of Sunshine

The largest Greek island, mountainous Crete has stunning beaches, plenty of history and as much or little nightlife as you want. Party town Malia has many bars, clubs and restaurants on its Strip.

Along the coast is the capital Heraklion, a bustling city home to many Crete hotels on the beach, and a Venetian castle guarding its port. Its archaeological museum includes finds from the island’s Minoan era, while just inland are the Roman remains of Knossos.

Also boasting a Venetian castle is Rethymnon, a popular resort with a good number of Crete hotels with private pools on Booking.com. Loggerhead turtles nest in season on the sandy beaches here and at Chania, an important port with an attractive waterfront set against the backdrop of mountains.

On the other side of the island is Aghios Nikolaos, a small fishing town with a picturesque harbour. Just north is Elounda, a popular family resort, and offshore is Spinaloga island, inspiration behind the book ‘The Island’. Matala in the south has a bohemian vibe and intriguing cliff dwellings, while Paleokastro in the east borders Europe’s largest palm forest at Vai.

We could go on and on about magnificent Crete beaches, but whichever resort you choose, you can be almost guaranteed fantastic food and a good helping of sunshine.

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