Get away from the pool for a day and you’ll discover there’s plenty to see and do in Crete.
From the Botanical Park in Chania to the Fortezza in Rethymnon, you’ll never be stuck for what to do. Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or somewhere to take the kids, there will be something to keep you busy!
Explore the Sfendomi Cave or Segway around Chania; book a vintage wine and food tour or amble around the Balos Beach and Lagoon; experience the flavours of the Cretan Diet Festival or observe the spectacular performances in the Chania Summer Festival.
Our Guide to The Top Ten Things to do
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and therefore has plenty to offer everyone who visits. The following activities should cater for all ages in your group;
Situated in the beautiful National Park of Samaria, West of Crete, this is one of the most commonly known attractions on the island and visited by thousands of tourists each year. Read more....
Lake Kournas is the only freshwater lake in the whole of Crete and is set in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, only 3 kms inland from Georgioupolis. It is relatively small, with a maximum length of 1,087 m and a maximum breadth of 880 m. It covers an area of 579,000 sq. m. and is generally shallow, 22.5 m at its deepest point, while it lies approximately 20 m above sea level. If you visit on a grey day, the landscape is reminiscent of a mountain lake in the Alps rather than being in Crete. Read more….
Beaches in West Crete
There are many glorious beaches to explore both east and west of Chania in the tourist resorts. The following beaches are considered to be particularly worth taking the time to visit. Read more….
Chania - The City
Chania is a good starting point for a tour of the western part of Crete, a part of the island with magnificent natural beauty. There are lots of places of interest within driving distance, both to the east, west and south. Read more….
A fun day out in the sun at Chania's biggest waterpark - Limnoupolis! Plenty of water glides and rides for the whole family. Situated 8 kms to the west of Chania. Read more….
Akrotiri and Souda
Akrotiri lies 10 km north east of the beautiful Venetian harbour of Chania. With picturesque sandy beaches, all awarded with the Blue Flag, century-old monasteries and churches, impressive caves with rich lithological and archaeological interest and historical monuments, Akrotiri attracts many visitors every year who enjoy Cretan hospitality and nature at their best. Read more….
Museums of Crete
There are many museums in Crete providing a fascinating insight into the history of the island. Read more....
Ancient Sites in West Crete
Crete, with layer upon layer of civilization, accordingly there are many ancient sites all over the island to visit. You will not find many Minoan remains in West Crete, at the most a few walls here and there (for example in Kanevaro St. in Chania where you can see the excavations of four Minoan villas). Roman and Hellenistic ruins are more widespread but few excavations have been conducted, meaning that most ancient sites do not offer much to see to the visitor. The following places are however worth a visit. Read more….
Site of Knossos in Heraklion
An absolute must for many visitors to Crete is a trip to the archaeological site of Knossos which is situated 5 km southeast of the city of Heraklion. Read more....
Other Activities and Days Out
When you have had enough of the sun or simply want a change from the villa, the beach or sightseeing in the car then the following ideas should give you something for everybody in your party to enjoy. Read more….
We have also divided activites by the categories below: