Crete Sights

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Chania 15

Heraklion 13

Rethymnon 6

Ayios Nikolaos 4

Matala 2

Palace of Phaistos 2

Vai 2

Elounda 2

Lasithi Plateau 2

Arkadi 1

Vori 1

Malia 1

Knossos 1

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Archaeological Site/ Ruins 8

Beach–Sight 7

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Cave 1

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Museum/ Gallery 12

Nautical Site/ Lighthouse 1

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 11

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Platia Eleftherias

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

The city's biggest square is paved in marble and dotted with fountains. The Archaeological Museum is off the north end of the square;...

Platia Kornarou

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

This square is graced with a Venetian fountain and an elegant Turkish stone kiosk. Odos 1866, which runs north from the square, houses...

Red Beach

  • Beach–Sight

This beautiful crescent of sand is accessible only by a 20-minute walk across a rocky promontory on a path from Matala. The trek includes...

Samaria Gorge

  • Canyon

South of Chania a deep, verdant crevice extends 10 km (6 miles) from near the village of Xyloskalo to the Libyan sea. The landscape—of...


  • Island

The Venetians built a huge, forbidding fortress on this small, narrow island in the center of the gulf of Mirabello in the 17th century.


  • Beach–Sight

If this cove at the northen end of the Akrotiri peninsula, about 15 km (9 miles) east of Chania, looks familiar, you may be recongnizing...

Ta Leontaria

  • Fountain

The Lions," a stately marble Renaissance fountain, remains a beloved town landmark. It's the heart of Heraklion's town center—Eleftheriou...

Venetian Arsenali

  • Historic District/Site

As you follow the harbor front east from the mosque, you come to a long line of Venetian arsenali (warehouses) from the 16th and 17th...

Venetian Harbor

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Rethymnon's small inner harbor, with its restored 13th-century lighthouse, comes to life in warm weather, when restaurant tables clutter...

Venetian Loggia

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

The carefully restored clubhouse of the local nobility is now enclosed in glass and houses the Archaeological Museum's shop. This remnant...


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