EXPLORE MAGICAL CRETE
Crete is located in the southern part of Europe. It is the largest Greek island and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean. The island has a significant history to share. It is said to be the birthplace of the European Civilisation since the Minoans are the first organised society that history narrates. Explore the Minoan remains, visit the Museums & learn about the real history and the legends of the island that derive from Greek Mythology. Crete also is the birthplace of numerous global cultural personalities like Nikos Kazantzakis and Nikos Xylouris.
Apart from the strong cultural identity, Crete offers a combination of beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The island’s intriguing nature, mountainous villages with powerful cultural elements, museums, beautiful old churches, monasteries & summer festivals with local music are only some of the extraordinary experiences that Crete has to offer.
Places to go:
- Malia Minoan Palace
Only three kilometres away stroll in the ancient ruins of Sarpedon's palace.
- Heraklion Museum / Knossos Antiquities
You can't miss the Museum and the very famous Antiquities of Knossos, the capital of the Minoan Crete.
- Thalassokosmos - Cretaquarium
Observe the Mediterranean marine life, in this unique aquarium.
- Phaistos Antiquities
Make a trip at the Southern part of Crete and visit the powerful and wealthy ancient city of Phaistos.
- Lake Kourna
Chania region are proud to have the only lake of the island surrounded by grand mountains. A soothing and relaxing scenery for your eyes only.
- Lassithi Plain
The most visited plain on the island, famous for its wind mills is only a 25 minute drive from Malia.
- Spinalonga Island & Elounda Peninsula
Visit this island used as an isolation place and later, in the turbulent history of Greece, as an exile island. A few kilometres away is Elounda village, well known for the five stars hotels and their famous guests
- Chrissi Island (Gaidouronisi)
One hour boat trip from Ierapetra and you arrive at the beautiful island of Chrissi away from all civilisation, enjoy the long sandy beaches and find shade under the cedar trees.
- Vai Palm Beach
A unique oasis hidden at the Eastern part of Crete, where the sun rises from the sea.
Crete is filled with isolated churches and monasteries built on beautiful landscapes. A few monasteries to visit are Panagia Kera, Arkadi and Areti
- Elafonisi Beach &Gramvousa Peninsula
The way is long to the West End of Crete but it is worthwhile. A magnificent view like no other awaits you in Gramvousa Peninsula, colourful sand in Elafonisi Beach. They are all inviting to dive into the Aegean Sea.
For the lovers of Golf, Crete's' Golf Club is only 7 kilometers from Malia.