Tourism in Crete varies in development, as there are both very developed or totally off the beaten track places. Crete tourism is certainly more developed on the northern side of the island. In fact, all the northern coastline, from Kissamos in western Crete to Sitia in eastern Crete, has nice family resorts with beachside hotels, self-catering apartments, traditional taverns, and water sports centers. Crete vacations are great for all ages and all preferences.
The largest towns of Crete in Greece are also found on the northern side of the island, including Chania Town, Rethymno Town, Heraklion Town, Agios Nikolaos, and Sitia, as well as the largest transportation hubs, such as the ports and airports of Heraklion and Chania.
Crete tourism on the southern side is less developed and quieter. Towns on the southern side are smaller and the beaches are not crowded. A drive around will even bring visitors to fantastic, secluded bays where they can enjoy their swim even totally alone. Nudism is frequently practiced in such secluded bays in southern Crete, a region that offers total privacy and relaxation.
The large size and diversity of this Greek island give many chances for all year round and alternative tourism in Crete. The wild nature of the island gives countless opportunities for hiking and climbing. In fact, the E4 European long-distance path crosses the island from one side to the other, attracting hikers offseason. Alternative tourism in Crete can also range from extreme sports to cultural walks.