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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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 Gerani...

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

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

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

  • 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.

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...

Ayios Markos

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This 13th-century church is named for Venice's patron saint, but, with its modern portico and narrow interior, it bears little resemblance...

Ayios Minas

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This huge, lofty cathedral, dating from 1895, can hold up to 8,000 worshippers, but is most lively on November 11, when Heraklion celebrates...

Ayios Titos

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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...


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You already know this beach from every postcard stand in Greece. Seemingly transported from the South Seas, an islet sits dramatically...


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