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Location: Crete

Day 1 - 1 Aug 2019

Chania

Crete, Chania
Crete, Chania

Content: Chania is the perfect base for first-time visitors to Crete! It’s the largest city in Crete. Along the northwestern coastline, Chania is a picturesque town of Venetian architecture and cobbled alleyways. It’s home to a number of great attractions itself and is near other prominent Crete landmarks!

Location: Chania

Day 1 - 1 Aug 2019

Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa

Chania, Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa
Chania, Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa
Chania, Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa

Content: Pleasant hotel in the old town. Steps from the beautiful Venetian Harbor. Breakfast is ok, but inexplicably heavy on sweets. Staff was helpful in suggesting restaurants and the like. Nicely appointed room. Strangely, no electric kettle in the room.

Old Harbor

Chania, Old Harbor
Chania, Old Harbor
Chania, Old Harbor

Content: Exploring the harbor is rather like doing your own Crete walking tour! Start at the stretch of coastline known as Koum Kapi. Here you can see the Venetian ramparts that were built into the sea, as well as the only remaining fortress gate. At the end of the harbor is a lighthouse that was built by the Venetians and converted into a minaret by the Egyptians! The views of Chania from this location are some of the best pictures you’ll get from your vacation in Crete!

Maritime Museum of Crete

Chania,  Maritime Museum of Crete
Chania,  Maritime Museum of Crete
Chania,  Maritime Museum of Crete

Content: Just at the entrance of the Firkas Fortress is this fascinating museum. It gives visitors a vivid account of Crete’s nautical history, with 2,500 items in its permanent collection! One of the key exhibitions highlights the important role the ancient Greek navies played in the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, which were seminal conflicts of the classical era. The battles are brought to life with pictures and models!

Boheme

Chania,  Boheme
Chania,  Boheme

Content: You’ll find a mouth-watering meal at Boheme and a lovely garden courtyard. For a quick energy boost, try Delizia Gelato Italiana!

Archaeological Museum

Chania, Archaeological Museum
Chania, Archaeological Museum
Chania, Archaeological Museum

Content: The first thing you’ll notice when entering the Archaeological Museum of Chania is probably the building itself. It was once the church of the Monastery of St Francis, and was built in the Venetian style. The atmospheric setting really helps to immerse visitors in the story of ancient Chania! The collection covers the Neolithic era through to the Roman era

Cathedral of the Virgin of the Three Martyrs

Chania,  Cathedral of the Virgin of the Three Martyrs

Content: The lovely Cathedral of the Virgin of the Three Martyrs is an unimposing building in the center of Chania. Don’t be deceived by the unassuming exterior, however: it’s one of those Crete points of interest that has a history full of legend!

The Municipal Garden

Chania,  The Municipal Garden

Content: The Municipal Garden is one of the most perfect places to visit during 3 days in Crete to enjoy nature in the city! It was established by the Turks in 1870 as a public park where citizens could go for a stroll, and we suggest that you do the same!

To Stachi

Chania, To Stachi

Content: Good food that is very reasonably priced. If you want to experience Cretan vegetarian or vegan foods, this is the place to visit. Service with a smile in this homely and simple establishment. The biggest sign that this is the place to be is the number of locals that frequent it. A must visit even if you are a hard core carnivore.

Location: Chania

Day 2 - 2 Aug 2019

Preveli Monastery

Chania, Preveli Monastery
Chania, Preveli Monastery
Chania, Preveli Monastery

Content: After a scenic drive to the southern part of Crete we arrived at the hilltop Preveli Monastery. This was one of our stand-out memories from touring Crete! The monastery was founded in the 16th century by a Venetian called Prevelis. During the Ottoman period, it was allowed exceptional independence, mainly due to its remote location.

Location: Preveli

Day 2 - 2 Aug 2019

Preveli Beach

	Preveli , Preveli Beach
	Preveli , Preveli Beach
	Preveli , Preveli Beach

Content: Preveli is a lagoon and the waters are quite cool due to the river water coming from the mountains. Of course, swimming in the calm waters and suntanning are prime activities, but you can also hire a paddleboat. For a bit of shade, take a stroll through the palm forest!

Location: Rethymno

Day 2 - 2 Aug 2019

Grecotel Creta Palace

Rethymno, Grecotel Creta Palace
Rethymno, Grecotel Creta Palace
Rethymno, Grecotel Creta Palace

Content: Its just an hour traveling to Rethymno from Preveli Beach. Wonderful hotel with very attentive staff and gorgeous amenities. The views were impeccable and the private beach was so serene. Our room was cleaned very frequently and linens replaced often. The daily breakfast buffet was included in our rate and was really impressive. It's also close to the old town and walk able to other local dining spots. Would highly recommend.

Castelo Restaurant

Rethymno, Castelo Restaurant

Content: We've had an amazing night in this restaurant. We took several dishes from the menu throughout the night. We loved the moussaka! In the meantime we enjoyed the nice wine and the endless amount of raki and ouzo provided by the very friendly staff. This restaurant is situated in probably the most scenic street in the whole city which give us that true 'holiday-feeling'. The restaurant has every ingredient to have a great evening!

Location: Rethymno

Day 3 - 3 Aug 2019

Fortezza

Rethymno, Fortezza
Rethymno, Fortezza
Rethymno, Fortezza

Content: The Fortezza is one of the largest and most complicated fortifications constructed by the Venetians. It was built in the bastion system, with bastions connected to each other by thick walls. After seven years of hard local labor, the fortress was completed in 1580.

Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymno

Rethymno, Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymno
Rethymno, Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymno
Rethymno, Historical and Folk Art Museum of Rethymno

Content: The elegant Venetian mansion in which the museum is housed is a taste of what’s still to come! The private museum aims to collect folklore items and promote the traditions of Crete, particularly Rethymno. It’s one of the most unusual but interesting attractions on our Crete itinerary!

Old Town

Rethymno, Old Town
Rethymno, Old Town
Rethymno, Old Town

Content: Rethymno’s Old Town is a quaint amalgamation of the best of Venetian, Ottoman, and Greek architecture! The main point of this stop on your Crete itinerary is just to take it all in, but there are a few monuments to watch out for. The bustling port, the lively promenade, and the iconic lighthouse make the Venetian Harbor an absolute must-see! Make sure to keep an eye out for the Venetian Loggia, a square building with three arches on each side.

Heraklion

Rethymno, Heraklion
Rethymno, Heraklion
Rethymno, Heraklion

Content: Its an hour drive from Rethymno to Heraklion by car. Some might say we’ve saved the best for last. That’s debatable, but Heraklion is certainly the most famous town in Crete thanks to its proximity to the legendary Minoan palace at Knossos!

Location: Heraklion

Day 3 - 3 Aug 2019

Megaron Hotel

	Heraklion, Megaron Hotel
	Heraklion, Megaron Hotel
	Heraklion, Megaron Hotel

Content: The hotel staff is very friendly and always eager to help and make your stay memorable. The room is really nice but not so spacious. The food was very good and you can taste pinches of local ingredients in every single dish

Peskesi

	Heraklion, Peskesi

Content: This place is true quality. One of its kind. The place is lovely and you should eat slowly and in peace here. Every dish is so tasty and exquisitely presented. The service was so nice. They gave us desert and a tsztziki dip on the house and both items were exquisite.

Location: Heraklion

Day 4 - 4 Aug 2019

Knossos

	Heraklion, Knossos
	Heraklion, Knossos
	Heraklion, Knossos

Content: Knossos was first inhabited during the Neolithic period and rose to become the center of the famed Minoan civilization until it was abandoned at the start of the Bronze Age. Its excavation in 1900 was one of the great achievements of modern archaeology! The huge site was restored according to what the principal archaeologist thought it would have looked like. Although this infuriates some, it does also bring the palace ruins to life for visitors!

Heraklion’s Old Town

	Heraklion, Heraklion’s Old Town
	Heraklion, Heraklion’s Old Town
	Heraklion, Heraklion’s Old Town

Content: Heraklion’s Old Town is atmospheric and stunning! The area is full of historical monuments and exquisite examples of Venetian, Ottoman, and Greek architecture! Strolling around Old Town is one of the most relaxing activities on any Crete itinerary!

Koules Fortress

	Heraklion, Koules Fortress
	Heraklion, Koules Fortress
	Heraklion, Koules Fortress

Content: The magnificent Koules Fortress is always worth a visit, even if you don’t care for military history! The views out to sea and of Heraklion are stunning, and the fort remains very atmospheric!

Heraklion Archaeological Museum

	Heraklion, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
	Heraklion, Heraklion Archaeological Museum
	Heraklion, Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Content: Discover all the ancient artifacts from Knossos at this epic archaeological museum! The Minoan era is just one period in the 5,000 years of history covered by the museum! The museum houses the most important Minoan collection in the world!

Karteros Beach

	Heraklion, Karteros Beach
	Heraklion, Karteros Beach
	Heraklion, Karteros Beach

Content: Located just four miles from Heraklion, Karteros is the best beach in the area! With a handful of cafes and restaurants along the beachfront, there’s always a lively atmosphere! There are good facilities, like sun loungers and showers, to make your beach time as comfortable as possible! Karteros Beach is the perfect place to end off itinerary in Crete!