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Crete: Beautiful Beaches, Idyllic Islands and Historic Ruins
Saunter through the streets of vibrant port cities. Unwind on tranquil beaches gazing out at the azure waters of the Mediterranean. Explore the ruins of a civilization that vanished thousands of years ago. Visit Crete and discover an island that’s picturesque, charming and unhurried, an island that serves as the perfect backdrop for a restful yet unforgettable vacation.
Located 300 miles from mainland Greece, the island of Crete is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, welcoming more than two million visitors each year. Those making the trek to the island generally arrive in one of two locations: Heraklion of Chania, both of which feature an international airport and seaport. The capital of Crete, Heraklion is the busier of the two cities, serving as the base of operations for many a traveller. Hotels aplenty can be found in the city, as can restaurants, shops and all other typical city amenities. Walk the streets of the Old Town and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Historic buildings, narrow alleyways and friendly locals are all found in abundance. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Heraklion Archaeological Museum, the Historical Museum of Crete, and the Cretaquarium, an aquarium that is home to an interesting mix of marine life. The sixteenth century fortress at Koules, located just outside of the city, is also worth a visit.
Chania, located towards the northwest of the island, is another popular destination for those travelling to Crete. Visitors arriving at the airport or harbour will find a variety of accommodation options nearby, including hotels, guesthouses and private apartments. The town was, until the 1970s, the capital of the island and features much Venetian architecture, harking back to the days when Venice held great sway over the region. Throughout the city you’ll find a mix of colourful buildings and historic sites, as well as a lively indoor market. Many travellers staying in Chania opt to leave their hotel behind and spend a day at Samaria National Park, the site of the impressive Samaria Gorge. The Gorge, which stretches some 11 miles, features some of the island’s most spectacular scenery, and is perfect for hiking. Many people describe the Samaria Gorge as one of Crete’s true can’t miss attractions.
Relive Minoan Civilizations
Millennia ago, the island of Crete was home to the Minoan Civilization. Considered by many archaeologists and anthropologists to be the first civilization in Europe, the Minoans were an advanced race, building impressive settlements. The entire civilization mysteriously disappeared in 1450BC, with some historians suggesting that a huge volcanic explosion on the island of Thera (known today as Santorini) caused an earthquake that wiped out the Minoans. Today, suggestive hints of this past civilization can be found across Crete. You’ll find Minoan ruins near Malia, Matala, Phaistos and Petras. The best ruins on the island though are found at Knossos, near to Heraklion. The site features the ruins of a palace thought to have belonged to King Minos, as well as an impressive fresco featuring bulls, which were idolised by the Minoans. Day trips to Knossos can be arranged in Heraklion, with some even offering to pick you up direct from your hotel.
Enjoy Crete’s Best Beaches
While city life and historical explorations are enjoyable, many travellers make their way to Crete to enjoy a relaxing, laid-back vacation. Subsequently, the island’s beaches make for popular ports of call. One of the best beaches on the island is Vai Beach, or Palm Beach. Located at the east end of the island, the sandy beach sits at the forefront of the largest forest of palm trees found on the continent. After taking a dip in the warm waters, holidaymakers laze on loungers and retreat under large sun umbrellas. At the other end of the island, Marathi Beach – approximately ten miles from Chania – also proves popular with tourists. The calm waters are suitable for swimming, while the sandy beach is perfect for sunbathing. The scenery on offer here, including the White Mountains, is first class too. Other popular beaches on the island that are within close proximity to hotels and other accommodation options include Elafonsi Beach, Gournes Beach, and Fragokastello Beach. The latter is also the site of an impressive fortress.
Embark on an Island Day Trip
Dotted around Crete you’ll discover a series of picturesque and serene islands. Tour operators offer day trips to the likes of Chrysi, Gramvousa and Spinalonga Island. The latter is a particularly good choice, not least because of its impressive castle and fortifications. The island is uninhabited but is well-served by frequent ferries from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, two-day tours to Santorini are available. With the two islands separated by 130 miles, you can head out by sea or opt for the quicker option of air travel. Once on the island, you’ll discover picturesque beaches, boutique hotels, hot springs, and well-stocked museums. Of course, a tour of the island’s volcano is a must.
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Hotel Joanna Apartments Bali
Family small business at the heart of Bali village. Our place is composed with 9 fully equipped apartments. It is provided with a kitchen, air-conditioning and balconies. All apartments have access at our lovely roof top which has panoramic view of the whole village. Joanna Apartments are 1 minute away of Varkotopos Beach and from the closest Mini Market. Bali village is 45km away from Heraklion airport and Rethymni city is 34 km away. more
Hotel Bali Paradise Bali
One of the most renowned hotels in the Rethymnon region, the Bali Paradise is located on the north coast of Crete in one of the greenest area of the island near the port of Bali just 50 km from the city of Heraklion, the airport, and 30 km from the town of Rethymnon with its Venetian port. Category is 4 stars. It overlooks the bay of Bali and its fishing port, surrounded by the extraordinary botanical gardens, ideally placed to explore the landscapes, extremely interesting sights, swim and relax in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea or in our two pools and enjoy our local and international specialties. The unique atmosphere, the spirit of customer service, the food & beverage facilities and helpfulness of our staff, will leave an unforgettable memory. more
Hotel Bali Beach & Village Bali
The Hotel Bali Beach & Village is situated at the north coast of Crete, at one of the most beautiful holiday areas of the island, at the fishing village of Bali, 25 km East of Rethymnon and 45 km West of Heraklion. The hotel is at a distance of 250m from the center of the village of Bali, with traditional taverns, restaurants, cafes, various shops and super markets. The Hotel Bali Beach & Village is built on the main hill of the village offering a fantastic view to the amazing bay of Bali, which is surrounded with the wild beauty of Cretan mountains. It is an ideal hotel for quiet, restful holidays in original greek/cretan surroundings. more
Hotel Nostos Beach Boutique Bali
Welcome to Nostos Beach Boutique Hotel, a fully renovated property in Bali, Crete. Bali is a small fish village in the surrounding area of Rethymnon and 40 km away from Heraklion. Live your myth with us in Crete… and try to find the true meaning of relaxation. During your staying with us you can enjoy your time both day and night, at Nostos Hotel Bar next to the seaside. On the other hand, you can also relax by the swimming pool along with a cocktail or snack. Finally our property offers a wide variety of water sports! The simply furnished studios of the Nostos Hotel are air-conditioned, and are equipped with safe and TV. Parking and Wi-Fi are both free. more
Hotel Apartments Amalia Bali
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Built on a hill with a panoramic view of the sea and the village, the family-run Amalia Apartments features 2 swimming pools and offers self-catered accommodation. The beach of Bali is just 50 m away. Combining modern and traditional features, the spacious and bright studios and apartments come each with a patio or a balcony and free Wi-Fi. A kitchenette, seating area and dining area are included. Guests can relax on the poolside and enjoy the sun and the view over the sea. The pool snack bar serves a variety of drinks and light meals while it also features board games and a wide-screen TV. Food and drink are available at the seafront taverns and bars; the organized beach of Bali also features sun beds, umbrellas and water sports. Bali village lies 25 km east of Rethymnon city and 50 km west of Heraklion city. The scenic port is the ideal starting point for excursions and cruises to nearby beaches. Free parking is available on site. more
Hotel Filion Suites Resorts and Spa Bali
Offering stylish accommodation blended with comfort, Filion Suites Resorts and Spa is a favourite among travellers. Nestled in the fishing village of Bali, this 5-star property provides complimentary parking and Wi-Fi in public areas. The elegantly designed guest rooms feature air conditioning, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, in-room safe, DVD player, private balcony and bathroom with free toiletries. Filion Suites Resorts and Spa boasts of separate adults and kids’ pool, playground with billiards, tennis and basketball, business centre and children’s play area. The Blue Spa Club offers sauna, indoor pool and private treatment rooms for massage along with hair and nail treatments. Overlooking the pool, guests can enjoy a la carte dishes at Lithos Tavern whereas International cuisine in a buffet spread is served at Main Restaurant. At Pool Snack Bar, guests can indulge in appetisers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Heraklion International Airport is accessible in a fifty-minute drive from the property. more