Best Crete islands

Check the best Crete islands ranked by popularity. This ranking is based on our data as a travel guide, not in the official data of the Greek Ministry of Tourism. For each destination we provide general information, photos, map, things to see and do and more.

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01 | Heraklion (Crete)

The region of Heraklion has lively beaches on the northern side and secluded, family places on the southern side. In between, visitors will drive by mountainous villages that keep the traditional paces of life and interesting ancient sites, including the world-famous Minoan palaces of Knossos and Phaestos.

02 | Chania (Crete)

The westernmost region of Crete, Chania amazes visitors with the Venetian-style Town, the beautiful beaches, the interesting sightseeing and the lovely nature. Do not miss the Venetian port of Chania Town and the trips to Balos and Elafonissi, two beaches with exotic crystal water.

03 | Rethymno (Crete)

Located between the busy regions of Heraklion and Chania, Rethymno keeps its calm paces even in high season. Visitors will love the Venetian style of Rethymnon Town, the traditional inland villages, like Anogia and Spili, and the lovely beaches, ideal for long relaxing days under the sun.

04 | Lassithi (Crete)

Outside the busy resort of Elounda, the prefecture of Lassithi gives a true and deep sight in the traditional Cretan life. A drive around will bring you to amazing beaches, interesting monasteries and seaside villages. Even in high season, Lassithi remains the secludest region of Crete.

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