Our exciting Cretan towns!
Whilst dreaming of her beaches, olive groves and mountains, don't forget Kriti's thriving towns.
With a total population over 650,000 Crete welcomes a tourist population of nearly 2 million every year.
Many Cretans live in the four capitals; or share their time between the capital and the village.
Each has a different character and pulse for the traveller to discover.
with its picturesque Venetian harbour is a fascinating blend of the
modern and historic patchwork of Cretan life. Built on an ancient site,
the old town with its narrow twisting streets, art galleries and cafés
is characteristic of Kriti's wealth of culture.
surrounded by beaches and crowned by the ruins of a Venetian fortezza,
Rethymnon also has a contrast of historic and modern architecture, with
excellent restaurants and cafés. The University of Crete is based just
outside of town.
is the capital of the island and one of the most wealthy cities in
Greece. It is modern, upbeat and diverse. We are happy to share our
knowledge of the town to those who might think to overlook it, there is
plenty to see and do in Iraklion.
is a hilly town surrounding the beautiful Lake Voulismeni. Agios Nikolaos has its own charm and pulse. Come and have a peek at one of the Mediterranean's prettiest harbours.
on the north-west coast of Crete, is a small coastal town with an
interesting history. Pirate Barbarossa was active here. Some of the most
beautiful wild beaches of the island are nearby.
Paleochora on the south-west coast of Crete, is where the mountains meet the sea. From here you can beach hop, hike in the Lefka Ori, or sail to Gavdos Island. Whales and dolphins can be seen in these clean turquoise waters.
in the Messara of Iraklion, in the centre of the island, is a busy
market town. The Messara is a huge central valley rolling north to south
in the middle of the island. It has been written about, fought over and
appeared in mythology. Today Mires is a vibrant agricultural community,
with a huge market every Saturday. It is close to the ancient sites of
Phaistos and Gortys, and the village of Zaros.
in the east of Crete is not often visited by tourists, however
travellers will find plenty of interest here in this solidly Greek town.
As Lasithi has a vibrant agricultural activity, especially with the
olive harvest, Sitia is wealthy town, over-looking beautiful Sitia Bay
and surrounded by the wide open landscapes of Kriti.
Ierapetra is a large town in the south east of Crete, surrounded by beautiful beaches and rugged mountains.
There is plenty to enjoy in our beautiful Cretan towns.
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