Travel Crete - Sightseeing

Top Tips – What to See & Do in Crete

Travel Crete – Sightseeing – Crete Tours here are some of the top spots in Crete. For each one there are day tours available from most capital cities.

Knossos Palace - Sightseeing Tips

Knossos Palace only 5 km from Heraklion is the site of the birth of civilisation in Europe, the beautiful Minoan palace of Knossos. As the most popular destination in Crete, the palace gets very crowded in summer (Central Crete).

Lake Kournas

West of Crete in the prefecture of Chania are some of the most beautiful natural sights of the island, here we highlight five of the best. Lake Kournas is pictured at left. (Western Crete).

Samaria Gorge (image by Atli Hardarson

Samaria Gorge is the most popular gorge walk on the island, 16 km from north to south ending by the south seas. As this is a one-way walk it is best to take an organised tour if you have limited time  (Western Crete).

Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon (image by Thinkscape)

Gramvousa & Balos Lagoon a breath-taking boat tour in the north-western tip of Crete, this tour is available from Chania town as a day tour or one can take the boat for a half-day trip from Kastelli-Kissamos (Western Crete).

Spinalonga Island in Eastern Crete

Visit Spinalonga as a day trip from Elounda or Agios Nikolaos, this island, with its intriguing history, is a favourite. (Eastern Crete).

Lasithi (image by Eric Dieudonne)

Lasithi Plateau with its stunning scenery and windmills, Dikti mountains, caves and high villages, the plateau is a real experience of Cretan mountain life. Visit the Psychro Cave and enjoy fresh local produce in the many tavernas (Eastern Crete).

Chrissi Island (image by Marek Bakajsa)

Boat Trip to Chrissi Island - this is just a piece of paradise. One of the remotest beaches in Crete, beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters, silence, sun and sand...These tours leave from east Crete only and include a one hour boat trip. Revel in the sparkling white sand, gloriously isolated coves and beaches, perfect paradise (South-Eastern Crete).

Agia Irini Gorge is a smaller, less popular gorge than Samaria, which is not so crowded in summer

Crete attractions and alternatives - you could visit the popular attractions in Crete or seek out the alternatives...we help you get 'far from the madding crowd'...

"Farre from the madding worldlings hoarse discords"

Travel Crete with a Guide...

Clear waters in Loutro harbourTravel Crete - southern seaside village of Loutro

This site is for independent travellers, with lots of great info to arrange all your travel yourself... just don't want to do all the driving yourself... in most of these tours, it is impossible to drive as there are boat and ferry trips involved... just want to relax on holiday and have an expert local tell you the history and stories...

See guided tour info here...

Specialist tour info photography and trekking tours...

Of course there are many more historical and natural sights to see on the island, see history pages for information about each Minoan palace and other sites of interest including Gortys, Arkadi and Olous...

Travel Crete - Knossos Palace

Visit Knossos Palace in the centre of Crete, which is located 5 km outside of Heraklion town.

The site is extensive and the visit will take at least 2 hours. This site gets very busy in summer and it is best to arrive early to avoid the heat and the crowds.

Make the most of this incredible historic journey with a guided tour:

Full Day Tour Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Some more information on our pages below:

Crete Travel Guide
Travel to the Greek Islands
Travel to Athens

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