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Best of Crete Guide

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Crete
The birthplace of both the king of the Olympian gods and of modern European civilization, Crete is a Mediterranean jewel. It’s rich with archaeological and mythological history that’s reflected in its ancient ruins and cultural attractions. Soak up the charming atmosphere of Chania Town’s Old Venetian Harbor or the fortresses and monasteries of Rethymonon. The awesome Minoan ruins of Malia date to 1900 BC, and majestic Mt. Ida is said to be home to the cave where Zeus was born.

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Nearby recommended attractions:

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre(Hersonissos)
Owner description: Aquaworld - Crete's first Aquarium - opened in Hersonissos in 1995. It features local sea life and reptiles from Crete and from all around the world. Most of the animals are... more Owner description: Aquaworld - Crete's first Aquarium - opened in Hersonissos in 1995. It features local sea life and reptiles from Crete and from all around the world. Most of the animals are rescued or are unwanted pets which have found a new home at Aquaworld. Our philosophy is simple - bring people and animals closer together and, inevitably, people will begin to respect and care more about the animals! less
Attraction type: Aquariums
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Elafonissi  Beach
Elafonissi Beach(Elafonissi)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Souda Bay War Cemetery
Souda Bay War Cemetery(Souda)
Attraction type: Cemeteries
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Balos Beach and Lagoon
Balos Beach and Lagoon(Kissamos)
Attraction type: Beaches
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Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum(Hersonissos)
Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections: Nature & Flora Collection, with gardens of fruit... more Owner description: The Cretan open- air Museum "LYCHNOSTATIS" is located at Hersonissos, by the sea- side. It consists of four main collections: Nature & Flora Collection, with gardens of fruit- trees, aromatic herbs, cactus, shrubs and plants, stones and minerals of Crete. Ethnographic Collection, with a presentation of Cretan traditional life (a stone- made farmhouse, a middleclass house, a chapel, an olive- oil press, a windmill, a shepherd's shelter, a threshing floor, a wine- vat, a raki- distillery, workshops of ceramics, weaving and plant- dyeing, an old school, a bee's & wax house).Art collection with works of folk artists exhibited in the Folk Artist's Gallery, the Open- Air Theatre and the Exhibitions' Room.Collection of pre-Industrial Technology with equipment (olive- oil press, windmill, carob-mill, herb-press) used in the past. The Museum organizes a range of educational programs and its Audiovisual Department produces films, CD- ROM's, DVD' s presented daily in the Multimedia & Conference room. It has also a Museum-shop and a cafe. The Museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2010 and honoured by the University of Crete in 1997 for its ecological activities. "LYCHNOSTATIS" is open for a daily visit with a guided- tour, from (Saturday closed). less
Attraction type: Specialty museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Dounias (Ntounias)
Dounias (Ntounias)
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Drakona
Price: $17 - $22
Cuisines: Greek
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night
Parasia Rakadiko
Parasia Rakadiko
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Vamos
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Cafe Dimitris
Cafe Dimitris
Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Mochlos
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Chez Georges
Chez Georges
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Thavma Coffee Drinks & Cretan food
Thavma Coffee Drinks & Cretan food
Ranked #1 of 246 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Kokalas Resort Georgioupoli
Kokalas Resort Georgioupoli
$35 - $568
Ranked #1 of 45 Hotels in Georgioupolis
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Anastasia Hotel
3.0 of 5
Anastasia Hotel
$35 - $124 (EUR 31 - 111)
Ranked #1 of 54 Hotels in Stalis
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Sofia Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5
Sofia Beach Hotel
$26 - $54
Ranked #5 of 168 Hotels in Rethymnon
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Pilot's Villas Luxury Suites
3.5 of 5
Pilot's Villas Luxury Suites
$71 - $531
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Koutouloufari
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Lefka Apartments
Lefka Apartments
$45 - $89 (EUR 40 - 80)
Ranked #3 of 114 Hotels in Chania Town
Casa Veneta
3.0 of 5
Casa Veneta
$45 - $66 (EUR 40 - 59)
Ranked #5 of 114 Hotels in Chania Town
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa
5.0 of 5
Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa
$139 - $256 (EUR 125 - 230)
Ranked #2 of 114 Hotels in Chania Town
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Paradise Island Villas
5.0 of 5 Paradise Island Villas
$238 - $499 (EUR 214 - 448)
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Anissaras
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La Maison Ottomane
5.0 of 5
La Maison Ottomane
$152 - $260
Ranked #4 of 114 Hotels in Chania Town
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