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Holiday In Crete: A Few Things You Shouldn't Miss

Crete is a magnificent island, which is rather big as well. So, a few days will not be enough to explore it all. That’s why I will recommend some places you should totally not miss!

Chania

Chania is the second largest city in Crete, located on the northwestern part of the island. The old town is full of picturesque alleys which will definitely take you back in an other era. There you will find various shops to buy jewelry, souvenirs, raki(!) and whatever else you are fond of. You will also find restaurants and bars where you can spend your night, such as the awarded "Boheme". Here are a few must-visit places in the city.

Image - Old Venetian Harbour
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Old Venetian Harbour
Christina :The Old Venetian Harbour, which was built in the 14th century, is simply one of the most beautiful places in Crete.
Image - Municipal Market of Chania
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Municipal Market of Chania
Christina :One of the most important new monuments in the city.
Image - Balos Beach
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Balos Beach
Christina :Some parts of this amazing beach actually have pink sand!
Image - Elafonisi lagoon
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Elafonisi lagoon
Christina :Elafonisi lagoon is an astonishing beach with pink sand(!) and crystal clear water.
Image - Sougia
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Sougia
Christina :Sougia is a pebble stone beach popular with nudists and free campers.
Image - Sfakia
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Sfakia
Christina :Sfakia is a secluded beach town, close to attractions such as the Samaria Gorge.
Image - Koukouvaya
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Koukouvaya
Christina :A place with great view...and some great sweet dishes!
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Chalidon 26
Christina :Boheme is a place near the square of the Old Harbour. This diverse restaurant has vintage vibes and a beautiful courtyard. You can go from early in the morning for coffee until late evening for a drink or food. Don't forget to taste one of the amazing cocktails you can find there.
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Rethymno

Characterized by stunning Renaissance Venetian architecture, Rethymno is the third largest city in Crete. Here's where to go while in Rehtymno.

Image - Guora Gate
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Guora Gate
Christina :Venetian building near the old market. It leads to the historic city center
Image - Rimondi Fountain
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Rimondi Fountain
Christina :An impressive fountain, centrally located in Rhetymno.
Image - Fortezza Castle
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Fortezza Castle
Christina :Fortezza is a fortress in Rethymnon Crete built by the Venetians in 1573. An iconic landmark of Rethymnon.
Image - Marouvas
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Marouvas
Christina :At Marouvas, you can eat amazing food! Try it!!!
Image - Fraoules
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Fraoules
Christina :If you like drinking coffee by the ocean, Fraoules is the place to go. It's also an ideal place to visit by night.
Image - Preveli beach
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Preveli beach
Christina :Preveli is definitely one of my most favourite beaches in Crete!

Heraklion

Heraklion, the fourth biggest city in Greece. It might not be the most beautiful of all, but it certainly has its special places. The lions are the meeting spot in the center of the city. If you arrange a date there, you can enter the alleys around there, where you will find many different cafeterias to enjoy your coffee. Now, if you prefer wandering on foot, you can go on towards the sea and Koule for a walk. If you ever find yourself in Heraklion you should not skip visiting Knossos and the Aquarium.

Image - Knossos
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Knossos
Christina :Knossos is a Minoan Palace, that dates from the Bronze Age. One of the most important archeological sites in Crete.
Image - Morosini Lions Fountain
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Morosini Lions Fountain
Christina :An iconic spot in the center of the city. This is the place where the locals meet each other.
Image - Rocca a Mare Fortress
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Rocca a Mare Fortress
Christina :Take a walk here – it is really beautiful. Also come here again at night when it's lit up.
Image - CretAquarium Thalassokosmos
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CretAquarium Thalassokosmos
Christina :A magical place and a must-visit while in Heraklion.
Image - Archanes
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Archanes
Christina :A beautiful small town near Heraklion city.
Image - Agia Pelagia
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Agia Pelagia
Christina :A beach near Heraklion City.
Image - SPELLS Cafe Patisserie
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SPELLS Cafe Patisserie
Christina :Such a cute café, offering a variety of sweet dishes.
Image - Guernica
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Guernica
Christina :If you're looking for a different choice for your night walk, Guernica is a really nice place.
Image - Blow Up
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Blow Up
Christina :A nice bar.
Image - Matala
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Matala
Christina :Matala is a beautiful beach in the south of Crete. During the 60's, many hippies lived there for the summer.