Crete Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Crete - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Chania 14

Heraklion 13

Rethymnon 6

Ayios Nikolaos 3

Matala 2

Palace of Phaistos 2

Vai 2

Elounda 2

Lasithi Plateau 2

Arkadi 1

Vori 1

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Archaeological Museum

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Here's even more evidence of just how long Crete has cradled civilizations: a collection of bone tools from a Neolithic site at Yerani...

Archaeological Museum

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The former Venetian church of St. Francis, surrounding a lovely garden in the shadow of the Venetian walls, displays artifacts from all...

Arkadi Monastery

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A place of pilgrimage for Cretans, Arkadi is also one of the most stunning pieces of Renaissance architecture on the island. The ornate...

Ayia Aikaterina

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Nestled in the shadow of the Ayios Minas cathedral is one of Crete's most attractive small churches, named for St. Katherine and built...

Ayia Triada

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Lands at the northeast corner of the Akrotiri peninsula, which extends into the sea from the east side of Chania, are the holdings of...

Ayia Triada

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Another Minoan settlement was destroyed at the same time as Phaistos, which is only a few miles away on the other side of the same hill.

Ayios Markos

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This 13th-century church (now an exhibition space) is named for Venice's patron saint, but, with its modern portico and narrow interior,...

Ayios Minas

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This is a huge, lofty, but ultimately unprepossessing 1895 cathedral that can hold up to 8,000 worshippers. The church is most lively...

Ayios Titos

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A chapel to the left of the entrance contains St. Tito's skull, set in a silver-and-gilt reliquary. Titus is credited with converting...

Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania

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You'll get some insight into the Venetian occupation and the Christian centuries that preceded it at this small museum housed in the...

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