Crete is the biggest and most populated Greek island, as well as the center of once powerful, ancient Minoan civilization. Its famous cities are Heraklion, the capital, Chania, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno and Ierapetra, each of them offering something unique to the visitors.
The island offers many museum, such as The Byzantine Museum in the restored Venetian church San Salvatore, Archaeological Museum in the 16th century church of San Francisco or Maritime Museum of Crete, all situated in Hania.
If you want to see the finest Byzantine frescoes on the island, visit the Church of Panagia Kera, near Kritsa, and ancient civilization enthusiasts should check Gournia, Minoan site, dating from 1550 to 1450 BC.
There are plenty of other historical sites; monastery Moni Toplou, near Sitia, the ruins of the ancient city of Aptera or Venetian fortress over Rethymno. Of course, you shouldn’t miss paying a visit to the Minoan palace of Knossos and the island’s capital Heraklion, whose walls are full of history and myths.
Relax on the numerous beaches, such as the idyllic Balos beach and revitalize yourself after a busy, exploring day.
Practically every part of the island has many restaurants with authentic food, to mention only Vegera, Methexis and Tasomanolis. Visit any of them, or, of course, any other restaurant that instantly catches your eye and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine.
The nightlife of the island is very diverse and vivacious, and visitors can choose from many different clubs. For example, Heraklion’s liveliest dance club is Big fish, so, if you love dancing, this is the place to spend your hot, summer nights.
One of Hania’s famous clubs is Fagotto, a jazz and blues bar with occasional live performances. Another famous place in this town is Halkina, where you can listen to acoustic Cretan music and try some tasty, local snacks.