Near Chania

Archaeological Site – Knossos Phaistos

Knossos is the heart of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of King Minos. The fascinating myths of the Labyrinth with Minotaur and Daedalus with Icarus are connected with the area of the palace of Knossos.

The city of Knossos was inhabited continuously from the Neolithic Age (7,000 – 3,000 BC) up to Roman times.

It is referred to as Ko-no-so in the texts of the linear writing B΄ (Mycenaean) of the 14th century BC.

Knossos was located in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. Arthur Evans began systematic excavations in 1900, which continued until 1931 with the discovery of the palace, a large part of the Minoan city and cemeteries. Since then, excavations continue in the wider area of Knossos by the English School of Archeology and the KGI Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

Knossos Site
Kournas Lake

Lake Kournas – Apokoronas

Lake Kournas is an ideal destination for an afternoon walk, or a short excursion during the day. Many also prefer it for an afternoon picnic. The landscape is relaxing and beautiful, whether you want to walk in nature, or take a bath or bike ride on the lake.

In Lake Kournas there are two springs on the South-East bank, one of which is visible at the end of summer, Mati or Amati, as the locals call it. The lake is fed by the waters that descend the neighboring mountains and hills, which the rocks of the area interrupt their underground flow and do not allow them to continue their course to the sea.

Samaria Gorge

Samaria or the Samaria Gorge is one of the main attractions in Crete. Every tourist who visits Crete, whether he has already heard or will soon hear about this beautiful gorge, the “gorge”, as the locals call Samaria out of admiration for its beauty, but also to distinguish it from the other, smaller gorges in Crete.

The gorge of Samaria is located in western Crete, in the White Mountain range. It is the longest gorge in Europe with 18 km length.

The gorge starts from Xyloskalo (altitude 1227 m.), At the plateau of Omalos and ends at the seaside village of Agia Roumeli in southern Crete.

Samaria Gorge
Loutro Village

Sfakia – Loutro

The coastal village of Loutro is located about 71 km south of Chania in the province of Sfakion.

In Loutro there are no big hotels with swimming pools, nor full of busy streets, busy restaurants or beaches, nor cars!

A small picturesque fishing village in southwestern Crete, which has not yet been “spoiled” by mass tourism. Discover many incredibly beautiful beaches on this coastline.

There are two ways to get there, by boat or on foot.

Come and enjoy the sun, the crystal-clear waters and the tranquility.

Omalos

Omalos Plateau is located 38km south of the city of Chania at an altitude of 1,040 to 1,250 meters, surrounded by the high peaks of the White Mountains. The plateau has a unique beauty in winter when it is often covered by snow and many Greek and foreign visitors come here all year round.
Omalos Mountain
Preveli Beach

Preveli Monastery

The sandy beach and the gorge of Preveli are excellent attractions to visit, while staying in the area of Rethymnon. You can visit Preveli by vehicle (it is a 30-minute walk away) or by boat.

From Rethymno you reach Preveli, mainly through the steep Kourtaliotiko gorge 2 km long. The name is said to come from the crackling of the stones when it blows north in the narrow passage.

Arkadi

The Monastery of Arkadi is located near the village of Amnatos, 23km east of Rethymnon on the border of the provinces of Mylopotamos, Rethymnon and Amari. It is built at an altitude of 500m, on a fertile plateau with olive groves, vineyards, pines, cypresses and prunes. Around the monastery there are many picturesque chapels, while next to the monastery begins the beautiful Arkadiotiko Gorge.
Arkadi Monastery Church
Archaeological Museum Heraklion

Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is one of the largest and most remarkable museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe. Its exhibits include representative specimens from all periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering about 5,500 years, from the Neolithic era to Roman times. Dominant in his collections, however, are the unique masterpieces of Minoan art, which can be admired throughout its development. The collection of Minoan antiquities is the most important in the world and the museum is rightly considered the pre-eminent museum of Minoan civilization.
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