Unexpectedly diverse, the island of Crete is much different from its sister islands located throughout the Aegean and Mediterranean. Largest Greek Island and filled with cultures dating back thousands of years, Cretes diversity includes not just its civilizations but also its ecology. From massive mountain peaks to sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters. From modern cities to ancient ruins, and from local vendors to fancy and luxurious restaurants, Crete is yours to create.
Like many other destinations, planning a vacation begins with what you hope to get from your experiences. For example, if you are traveling to the Greek islands for their natural beauty, you will want to plan on staying nearby to the top outdoor destinations for your convenience. Likewise, if you prefer to soak up the culture, you will most likely want to plan your trip in and around the city centers.
No matter what you hope to get out of your vacations, you will need to plan for some vast cultural differences you may or may not be used to. Take into account the size of the island a budget accordingly as well. Much larger than the other Greek Islands, you will likely want to have your own transportation, also making it important that you know what will be required of your to drive as well. Permits, licensing, rules of the road and costs will all be important when you begin planning your trip to Crete.
Like other Greek Islands, no matter what your interests, there are just some things that as a human being, you may not want to miss. For example the The Palace of Knossos is located on the island of Crete. Built in the 15th century BC it is home to legends dating back thousands of years including the mythical Minotaur. Located just 3 miles from Heraklion, you can take a bus, or rent a car.
Other top sights include Palm Beach, the Historical Museum of Crete and the Cretaquarium
are just a few. Stroll the city streets and embrace the culture. Try the local foods, embrace the culture and the diversity that is Crete.
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