The island of Crete can combine amazing sandy beaches, long history, endless entertainment, and Cretan hospitality. Find out the best things to do in Crete and explore them by car or motorbike.
The island of Spinalonga, which is located in the Gulf of Elounda in eastern Crete, is the second most visited archaeological site in Crete. The Venetians fortified the island during the 15th century and as a result, Spinalonga is now considered to be a real architectural treasure. It is, also, known as the Leper island, due to the forced isolation of lepers in it from Crete and the rest of Greece until 1957. The central position of the islet of Spinalonga has led the place to have a turbulent history replete with tough battles and plenty of human suffering.
From April 1st until October 31th: 08:00-18:00
Admission fees: Full: €8, Reduced: €4
The Palace of Knossos was the center of the Minoan civilization, as it was the largest palace of all the Minoan centers. It is estimated to be first inhabited during the Neolithic period and to be built around 1900 B.C. on the ruins of the Neolithic settlement. In the site of Knossos, tourists can visit the Great Palace, the Little Palace, the Royal Villa, the House of the High Priest, the Caravan Serai and the Royal Temple Tomb-Sanctuary.
Admission fees: Full: €15, Reduced: €8.
Winter: 08:00 – 17:00.
Summer: 08:00 – 20:00.
The Cretaquarium is part of the complex of THALASSOKOSMOS, which is the largest complex for marine research, technology and entertainment in the Mediterranean. It is one of Europe’s largest aquariums and the visitors can enjoy and discover the marine organisms of the Mediterranean Sea.
Winter (1st November – 31st March) daily: 09:30-16:00.
Summer (1st April – 31st October) daily: 09:30-19:00.
General Admission Fee: 9€ (1/5 – 30/9), 6€ (1/10 – 30/4).
Children 5-17 years old: 6€.
Exploring the Samaria Gorge is a must not only for tourists but also, for the Cretans because it is the longest gorge in Europe (16km). It is a National Park that attracts thousands of visitors every year and is part of the World’s Biosphere Reserve. The walk through the gorge begins from Omalos, which is 38km away from Chania, and ends to Ayia Roumeli, in the shores of the Libyan Sea.
Visitors are allowed from May 1st to October 15th.