Best Crete regions

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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Heraklion
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.


Chania
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.


Rethymno
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.


Lassithi
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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In the mountains and gorges grow plane trees, Mediterranean cyprus pines and maple trees in the rocky terrain, along with trachea pine, kermes oak and carob tree.
The Greek word for hospitality, philoxenia, derives from the words filos (friend) and xenos (stranger) and means to become friend with the stranger. Cretans are the genuine descendants of the Cretan-born Zeus, the god of gods, humans and hospitality. Indeed, Cretans are famous for their hospitality, induced solely by respect for their fellow men.
Venetian and Ottoman architectural patterns, combined with features of folklore architecture, are evident in contemporary houses. Arched gates since the Venetian era, and sahnisi (protruding covered balcony) since the Ottoman era, are some of the features used even today.
The Egyptian lighthouse at the old harbor of Rethimno through a frame of an arched door, Crete.
Panorama of Preveli beach at Libyan sea, with river and palm forest, southern Crete.
Old Venetian harbor of Rethimno at night, Crete.