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  • 1. Firka

    Museum/Gallery

    Just across the narrow channel from the lighthouse, where a chain was connected in times of peril to close the harbor, is the old Turkish prison...Read More

  • 2. Gortyna

    Ruins

    Appearing in Homeric poems, Gortyna was second only to Knossos in importance and flourished in the early centuries of Roman rule. The Gortyn...Read More

  • 3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Standing in a class of its own, this museum guards practically all of the Minoan treasures uncovered in the legendary excavations of the Palace...Read More

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  • 4. Historical Museum of Crete

    Museum/Gallery

    An imposing mansion houses a varied collection of Early Christian and Byzantine sculptures, Venetian and Ottoman stonework, artifacts of war...Read More

  • 5. Palace of Knossos

    Ruins

    This most amazing of archaeological sites once lay hidden beneath a huge mound hemmed in by low hills. Heinrich Schliemann, father of archaeology...Read More

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  • 6. Palace of Phaistos

    Ruins

    The Palace of Phaistos was built around 1900 BC and rebuilt after a disastrous earthquake around 1650 BC. It was burned and abandoned in the...Read More

  • 7. Samaria Gorge

    Canyon

    South of Chania a deep, verdant crevice extends 16 km (10 miles) from near the village of Xyloskalo to the Libyan Sea. The landscape of forest...Read More

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  • 8. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. Arkadi Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 11. Avlaki Beach

    Beach

    To the north of Ayios Nikalaos in the Gulf of Malia are a string of beaches clustered around the town of Sisi. A pretty little inlet with a...Read More

  • 12. Ayia Aikaterina

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in the shadow of the Ayios Minas cathedral is one of Crete's most attractive small churches, named for St. Katherine and built in 1555...Read More

  • 13. Ayia Triada

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Lands at the northeast corner of the Akrotiri Peninsula, which extends into the sea from the east side of Chania, are the holdings of several...Read More

  • 14. Ayia Triada

    Ruins

    Another Minoan settlement that was destroyed at the same time as Phaistos by Mycenean attackers is only a few miles away on the other side of...Read More

  • 15. Ayios Markos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 16. Ayios Minas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 17. 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 the islanders...Read More

  • 18. Balos

    Beach

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

  • 19. Boutari Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Established by one of the oldest wine-making families in Greece, this state-of-the-art winery marries tradition with innovation, producing more...Read More

  • 20. Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection of Chania

    Museum/Gallery

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

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