Travel Around Greece

Crete

Crete is the largest of the greek islands, and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Heraklion is the capital of crete as well as the capital of the Heraklion prefecture. Crete is divided in three more perfectures : Lasithi (capital: Aghios nikolaos), Rethymno (Capital: Rethymno) and Chania (capital: Chania).
Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization, which spread around the greek islands until the catastrophic erruption of the santorini volcano. The visitor will be able to visit many unique cities of the minoan era, as well as ancient greek, roman byzantine and medieval monuments.
You can travel to Crete by sea or by plane. The main ports and airports are located in the two largest cities, Heraklion and Chania. There are also ports in Rethymno and Agios Nikolaos, and an airport in Sitia.

Travel around Crete :

Cretaquarium

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The cretaquarium (thalassokosmos) is located near heraklion, crete and is one of Europe’s largest aquariums. It offers a unique chance to explore the Mediterranean Sea world.

There are 60 different tanks, for more than 2400 organisms ranging from great sharks to minuscule jellyfish. As part of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Cretaquarium popularizes and disseminates scientific knowledge about the marine world, with special emphasis on the Mediterranean and the seas around Greece.

Travel Information: 

It is located 15 km east of Nikos Kazantzakis international airport in Heraklion.

Region: Crete

Place: central crete, crete, heraklion

Free camping in crete

Free camping places south of Chania and Rethymno in Crete!

South west is Kedrodassos, 1km east of Elafonisi,
West of Paliohora in the south is Gyaliskari,
5 minutes walk east of Sougia village in the south,
Lissos 1 hour walk from Sougia to the west with beautiull private beach,
Marmara beach at the exit of Aradena gorge near Sfakia in the south,
Glyka Nera beach west of Sfakia in the south,
Kato Rodakino south of Rethymno, Preveli beach south of Rethymno,
All beaches east of Preveli including Triopetra and Agios Pavlos,

Travel Information: 

Travel by airplane to heraklion or chania, or by ferry to heraklion, chania and rethimno. You can then take a bus to the nearest village, or rent a car/bike (much more convenient as transportation can be a problem in southern crete).

Region: Crete

Place: Chania, East Crete, eastern crete, greece, preveli, rethimno, rethymno, sfakia, xania

You will find here: Beach, Camping

Beaches in Elounda

Pebble beach in Plaka

The beaches of Elounda are numerous and for all kinds of taste. There is the main sandy beach in the center of the town. Those who prefer pebbles can visit the beach of Plaka, a village next to Elounda about 4km away. One of the main attractions or Elounda is the beach of Kolokytha, located on the Elounda peninsula, with its white sand and crystal water. You can get there either by car - in this case you will have to leave the car at a point and walk about 10 minutes - or by one of the boats you can find in the port of Elounda.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, antiskari, East Crete, Elounda, Elounta, greek islands, kolokitha, Lasithi, olous, plaka, skistra

You will find here: Beach, Diving, Fishing, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea resorts, Sea sports

History of Elounda

A rainbow over Spinalonga

Ancient Elounda (Olous) was a minoan city. It was partly destroyed hit by a tidal wave caused by the explosion of the Santorini volcano, estimated to have occurred in the mid second millennium BC. Ruins of the ancient city of Olous can bee seen under the sea in elounda peninsula.

Minoan and Roman graves as well as temples dedicated to the ancient greek gods can also be found around elounda. Monuments of the byzantine period have also been found in elounda such as the byzantine mosaic on the elounda peninsula.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, Elounta, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments, Medieval monuments, Religious Tourism

Elounda

Elounda church

Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello, about 70 km from the Heraklion airport and 10 km from the town of Aghios Nikolaos. Elounda is a quite small town with almost 2.000 residents. In reality it is a union of 4 small villages : Pano Elounda, Kato Elounda, Mavrikiano and Skisma which is the center of elounda. In the summer it is full of visitors and tourists. Because of its good climate and great beauty, many foreigners (mostly europeans) have chosen elounda as their permanent residence.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, Elounta, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

You will find here: Agrotourism, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Diving, Festivals and culture, Fishing, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea resorts, Sea sports

Accomodation in Elounda

Elounda Hotels

Elounda provides all kinds of accommodation for the visitor. It is famous for its' luxurious hotels (Elounda bay, Elounda Peninsula, Elounda Beach and others). However, affordable high quality studios and apartments are also available, as well as less expensive hotels. Despite its reputation for its luxurious and very expensive hotels, Elounda is actually an affordable destination, with cheap accommodation of excellent quality. You can find a 2-person apartment for as low as 30 euros per day, and the cost of food is not high either.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

Accomodation in Heraklion

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If you just wish to stay in a nice place, next to the beach, heraklion is not for you. Heraklion has many hotels and -due to its location- it is the ideal base for the visitor who wishes to explore the island of crete. Every other site in crete is accessible with small one-day trips from heraklion. In fact, that is heraklion's main attraction to the visitor.

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, crete, greek islands, heraclion, heraklion, heraklion history, hersonissos, kreta, malia

Clubbing in heraklion

The night life is a major attraction of the city of heraklion. The entertainment industry has flourished in the last decades, to accomodate the needs of locals, students and tourists. It is a city that never sleeps. After the clubbing you do not want to miss the unique souvlaki in "thraka", in the venizelou square.

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, crete, greek islands, heraclion, heraklion, heraklion history, hersonissos, kreta, malia

You will find here: Clubbing, Festivals and culture

History of Heraklion

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The history of heraklion goes back many millenia, being the center of the minoan civilization which spread among the greek islands. Knossos (an ancient city located right outside heraklion) was the capital of the minoan kings and the place were the original labyrinth was built. Heraklion flourished through the ages and was known as the "great castle" in the medieval ages, when the - gigantic !! - city wall was constructed by venetians. The city fell to the ottomans in 1669, after a 22 year siege (the second-longest siege in history).

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, crete, greek islands, heraclion, heraklion, heraklion history, hersonissos, iraklion, knossos, malia

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments, Medieval monuments, Museums, Religious Tourism

Heraklion

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Heraklion is the capital of the island of crete, located at the north of the island. Heraklion is the largest city of crete and one the largest in greece. With a population of around 150.000 people and more than 200.000 in the metropolitan area, it is the administrative and economic center of crete.

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, crete, greek islands, heraclion, heraklion, hersonissos, knossos, malia

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Clubbing, Festivals and culture, Medieval monuments, Museums

Travel to ... Spinalonga (Kalidon)

Spinalonga

In the gulf of Mirabello on the north-eastern coast of Crete, lies an inlet, Korfos gulf. In the entrance of this inlet, which forms a natural harbor, and just opposite the village of Elounda, a little island called Spinalonga is located. This small island, despite its size, has played a big role in the local, cretan even greek history.

Travel Information: 

You can travel to Spinalonga by boat from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
Day trips are scheduled from Malia, Hersonissos and other cities of Crete.

Accomodation Information: 

There are no accommodation facilities in the island Spinalonga. Visitors can find many hotels, apartments and studios in the nearby cities of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, eastern crete, Elounda, greek islands, Lassithi

You will find here: Beach, Medieval monuments

Travel to ... Agios Nikolaos

Agios nikolaos as seen from the road to elounda

Agios Nikolaos (Aghios Nikolaos), a town on the north-eastern coast of Crete island, is one of the three largest cities of the province of Lasithi along with Ierapetra and Sitia. It is the capital of this province of Crete and has 19.000 inhabitants. Agios Nikolaos is well known for its tourism.

Travel Information: 

Agios Nikolaos is located 60km west of Heraklion. You can take a bus from the international airport of Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis, or the Heraklion harbor.

Accomodation Information: 

Many hotels, apartments and studios. Some of the finest hotels in the Mediterranean are located in Agios Nikolaos and the nearby city of Elounda.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, eastern crete, Elounda, greek islands, Lassithi

You will find here: Beach, Clubbing, Diving, Fishing, Museums, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to ... Heraklion

Heraklion old harbour and koule fortress

The city airport "Nikos kazantzakis" was the second international airport in greece, and it is still the largest one regarding charter flight traffic. Due to its location, its airport and its harbor, heraklion is the main gateway for visitors to the island of crete.

The port of heraklion is also the largest port in crete. Heraklion is connected to Thira, Rhodes, Egypt, Haifa and mainland Greece (Peiraius) by boat and ferries.

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, greek islands, heraklion, island, knossos, krete

Travel to ... Elounda

Elounda hotels as seen from the road to elounda

Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello. Elounda is 10km from Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassithi and 70Km from Heraklion. You can travel to Heraklion, either by plane to the international Airport Nikos Kazantzakis, or by ferry from Peiraus. You then can take a bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, and another bus from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda. A taxi directly from the Airport (about 70 Km) will cost around 60 Euros.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Clubbing, Diving, Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Medieval monuments, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to ... Lendas

The beach of lendas and some restaurants next to  the sea

Lendas is a small village on the south coast of crete, around 70 km from heraklion airport. It will take you about two hours to travel to lendas by car from heraklion, since the road passes through two of the largest mountains in crete : Psiloritis and Asterousia. It's not easy, but it's well worth the effort. Your tiredness will fade away after a few hours in one of the most peaceful places in mediterranean.

Region: Crete

Place: greek islands, heraklion, Lendas, lentas, southern crete

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Climbing, Nudist beach

Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

Plan a trip now

Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.

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