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  • Flights from Greece to Crete

    The birthplace of Zeus, the cradle of the Minoan civilisation, Crete has emerged from at least 5,000 years of history, culture and legend. If you’re searching for cheap air tickets to Crete, be sure to plan your itinerary carefully, because you are about to be astounded! Crete is the largest island of Greece, though sometimes it gives the impression it’s a whole different country of its own. In Crete you can find yourselves from the exotic palm forest of Vai to the snowy peaks of the Lefta Ori mountain range and then the lush Samaria Gorge – and all this just within a day. Exploring Crete is not an easy task; it requires time and possibly one or two more trips to get the best of it. A wonderful mosaic of cultures, architecture and nature, Crete boasts the world’s top archaeological sites from the Minoan era in Knossos, Phaistos, Zakros and Malia, Venetian Castles in Chania and Rethymno, Byzantine monasteries and ottoman mosques in Heraklion – not to mention some of the world’s best beaches! Still wondering where to travel this summer? Book your flights and cheap accommodation in Crete and have the time of your life!


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    Information about Crete

    Crete was first inhabited in around 6,500 BC and until 2,500 BC a new culture had developed, different than any other society had ever existed until then in the eastern Mediterranean. It was the Minoan civilisation that arose in Crete and flourished from 3,650 to 1,400 BC, defining the future of every civilisation that would follow, including our modern society! Products of the extraordinary artistic and cultural boom of the Minoans are everywhere to be found across Crete, but highlights are the world-renowned Minoan palaces that were excavated and verified the theoretical approaches.

    The sudden extinction of the Minoans was succeeded by a low-profile Mycenaean era; the growth continued from the 1st century BC, upon the arrival of the Romans who restored the Minoan palaces and converted the cities of Crete into imperial colonies.

    As the ups and downs continued, the Byzantines and Christianity made their appearance in Crete and were followed by the Venetians who fortified the cities and left a wonderful architectural and cultural heritage.


    Crete was annexed to Greece in 1913.

    The development of modern Crete has its roots in agriculture, cultivation and trade of traditional Cretan products – olives, olive oil, grapes and tomatoes, the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet. Tourism didn’t take too long to arrive and flourish, having an impact on the everyday lives of the locals.

    One could say that maybe they overdid it a little in some places, especially across the northern coastline. But the vastness and majesty of Crete leaves room for everyone! Diversity, contrasts and immaculate beauty characterise the island, from one end to the other.


    Calm golden beaches and rocky wind-blown shores, snowy mountain caps and green valleys, exotic beaches and traditional mountainous villages, vibrant nightlife and ascetic serenity..

    Crete just has it al! Book your flights and start exploring now!

    Airport

    The airport of Heraklion (Κρατικός Αερολιμένας Ηρακλείου "Νίκος Καζαντζάκης") is located 4 kilometres outside the city centre and can be reached by bus.

    The airport of Chania (Διεθνές Αεροδρόμιο Χανίων "Ιωάννης Δασκαλογιάννης") is located 14 kilometres from the city centre of Chania. Bus services run daily from the airport to the Chania and other towns and villages.

    Getting around Crete

    You can get around Crete using the island’s extensive bus network. Fares start from 1.10€ and minimum taxi fare costs 3.50€.

    Crete Guide

    Heraklion

    Heraklion is the capital of Crete and the fifth largest city in Greece. And while it’s not beautiful in the conventional way, give it some time and it will eventually fascinate you.

    The refurbished port of Heraklion is a nice location for romantic walks, idyllic spots and historic locations wait to be discovered in the city’s historic centre, while the majestic Archaeological Museum of Heraklion safeguards one of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures and is the perfect place for you to discover the secrets of the first developed European civilisation of all time.

    The further region of Heraklion is particularly developed in terms of tourism and has many organised beaches, restaurants, hotels and luxury resorts. Visit Hersonissos, Malia and Ammoudara to experience Crete’s legendary nightlife; if you wish to get away from it all, head to the secluded mountain villages of the prefecture.


    Tympaki, Matala, Moires and Viannos are among the most charming traditional villages around Heraklion.
    • Knossos

    British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans began excavation in the area of Knossos in 1900 and discovered two Minoan palaces, proving that the legendary Minoan civilisation did exist!

    Evans rebuilt many of the premises and, despite controversial responses, the result is impressing and the archaeological site of Knossos is now Crete’s most prominent.

    You can find many of the original items discovered in the excavations in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

    • Gortyna

    40 kilometres south of Heraklion, in the Messara plain, you can witness yet another archaeological treasure, dating back to the roman times. It is the ancient city of Gortyna, capital of Roman Crete and location of the first human settlement of the Neolithic era.

    Highlights include the Praetorium, seat of the proconsul of Crete, the Roman market, the Temple of Apollo, the Roman baths, a Roman amphitheatre and a series of inscriptions in the Doric dialect.


    The Gortyna Code is the longest ancient inscription, describing in detail the law code and civil rights of the ancient city, giving us valuable insights into the society of the 5th century BC.

    Agios Nikolaos

    Capital of the easternmost Lasithi prefecture of Crete, Agios Nikolaos stretches across the coast of the Mirabello Bay and is one of Crete’s most picturesque cities.

    The port of Agios Nikolaos is connected through a small canal to the Voulismeni Lake and the area around the lake is paved and lined with idyllic cafes and restaurants, commanding beautiful views of the fishing boats by the lake.

    The Lasithi prefecture boasts a great number of locations of historical, touristic and cultural interest.


    Visit Zakros to see the third most important Minoan Palace, go to Elounda for a cosmopolitan touch and head to the villages around Sitia, Palekastro, Mochlos and Kalo Chorio to taste local delicacies.

    When it’s beach time, the palm tree of Vai, the beaches around Makrygialos, Kserokampos, Agia Fotia and Myrtos are the best choices.

    If you have the time, you could take the boat from Ierapetra to Chrissi (Gaidouronisi), a tiny island off the coast of Ierapetra. Featuring an exotic landscape with cedar trees, golden beaches and crystal waters, Chrissi has a Caribbean-like feeling all over the island.

    The cedar trees, the pebbles of the beaches and the unique ecosystem of Chrissi are protected by the NATURA 2000 network; there is no accommodation in the island and overnight stays are prohibited, but there is a café that will provide you with coffee and snacks for your daytrip.

    Chania

    Chania is the second largest city in Crete and was its capital until 1971. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Chania has a distinctive Venetian charm. From the port and the legendary Egyptian lighthouse to the picturesque Old Town and the castles, the mosques and the churches, Chania is a wonderful place to be, if you love history, culture and food.

    Some of the best locations in Crete are situated around Chania; magical beaches, traditional villages and places of immense natural beauty. Don’t miss the beaches of Elafonisi and Balos, Paleochora and Fragkokastelo, Agia Roumeli, Sougia and Sfakia.


    The 18-kilometre-long Samaria Gorge is the longest gorge in Europe.

    Rethymno

    Stretching among the ramparts of the Venetian Fortress and the sunny waters of the Mediterranean, the city of Rethymno is your next stop. Iconic wooden houses, elegant monuments and eastern mosques line the historic centre of the city; just like Chania, Rethymno has a charm of its own.

    Don’t miss the villages perched around Rethymno, from Panormos to Anogia and Agia Galini, and allow some time to visit the Cave of Melidoni and the waterfalls of Preveli.

    The official language of Crete is Greek.



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