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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Rethymnon 7

Ayios Nikolaos 4

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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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A peninsula on the western end of the island, about 75 km (45 miles) west of Chania, extends into turquoise waters, with a lagoon on...


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Often cited as the best beach on the island, Falassarna stretches along the western edge of the island, about 60 km (37 miles) west of...

Kommos Beach

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Fabulous, pine-and palm-fringed Kommos lies below the site of a Minoan harbor, once the port of Phaistos. At its far northern end lies...

Palm Beach at Vai

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Even the classical Greeks recognized the beauty of this palm grove at the eastern end of the island, which is unique in Europe. It stood...

Red Beach

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This beautiful crescent of sand is accessible by a 20-minute walk across a rocky promontory on a path from Matala, or by a boat that...


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If this cove at the northern end of the Akrotiri Peninsula, about 15 km (9 miles) east of Chania, looks familiar, you may recognize it...


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