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Best things to do in Crete Region

Historic Site
“The castle was built by the Venetians as a reinforcement for the coastal defence of Rethymno.”
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Field
“The Samaria Gorge is the most famous hiking gorge in Europe, forming part of the European path E4. Thousands of tourists descend on foot in the summer. For many, this is also the main purpose of their visit to Crete. Its length reaches 15 km and its descent takes about 5-7 hours, depending on your pace, from Omalos to Agia Roumeli.”
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Beach Bar
“The Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon, next to the modern harbour of the city, with the Egyptian lighthouse is one of the most picturesque areas of the old town. It operated in the Byzantine period (after 961), but flourished during the Venetian period. The Venetians in the 14th century started major projects to facing the problem of siltation, which holds till today.”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Lovely seafood and more. Next to the sea, I think it is one of the best restaurants in Crete.”
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Harbor / Marina
“A stroll in the town’s most enchanting area Chania’s Venetian Harbour was carefully built in the 14th century for commercial purposes and for protection against pirate raids. Today it is a point of reference for the city of Chania, and a much-photographed place with a touch of magic! This city hub is filled with cafes, restaurants, tavernas serving local delicacies, bars, pastry stores and art shops as well as monuments referring to various historical periods. You will find there is a balanced mixing of Cretan, Ottoman and Venetian elements, beautiful narrow alleys across the old town and amazing architecture. The old harbour area .beckons you to enjoy a carefree journey through time as you explore it. Extra tip: If walking is not your thing, take a horse carriage parked outside Yali Tzami and explore the town - the romantic way!”
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Lake
“Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake. The lake is in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, about 4 km from Georgioupolis in Chania Prefecture (west Crete). Lake Kournas is relatively small, with a maximum length of 1,087 m and a maximum breadth of 880 m. It covers an area of 579,000 sq. m. and is generally shallow, 22.5 m at its deepest point, while it lies approximately 20 m above sea level. Kournas Lake is the ideal place for an afternoon walk or a daytrip nearby. Many people like to have an afternoon picnic there. The landscape is lovely and relaxing, whether you want to go for a walk in the countryside, swim or ride a pedalo on the lake. There are two springs on the southeast bank, one of which, the Mati or Amati (“eye”) as the locals call it, is visible in late summer. The lake is fed by streams from the nearby mountains and hills, whose underground courses are interrupted by the local bedrock on the way to the sea.”
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Lounge
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“From the classic choices for coffee and drink, a lounge cafe with years of experience.”
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History Museum
“Aρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Ηρακλείου One of the most important museums of Greece. You must visit. Here you will also see actual findings from the Knossos palace and much more. ”
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Beach
“The famous lagoon of Balos is located approximately 56km northwest of Chania and 17km northwest of Kissamos, formed between the Cape Gramvousa and the small Cape Tigani. Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete, a very favorite subject of all tourist guides for Greece. It is no coincidence that Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Balos with their private yacht many years ago.”
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Restaurant
“Always a safe choice in Rethymno, I love the stuffed burgers and Pastitsio there. Μaybe the best prices in rethymno.”
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Real Estate Agency
“While in Rethymno, don't be shy to stop by our office to say hi! Our team will be more than happy to meet you in person and hand you a special little gift! :-) Think Villa... your chance to live locally!”
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Beach
“An exotic destination can get there by car and a small walk down to the beach and lagoon jungle, or by boat from Plakias ”
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Aquarium
“At this huge modern aquarium, you can experience the underwater life of the Mediterranean. A fascinating day out for kids and adults alike, it has 32 vast glass tanks displaying everything from hunter sharks to miniscule seahorses, jellyfish, turtles, lobsters, and octopus, all in beautifully-lit turquoise sea water against a backdrop of rocks, sand, and seaweed. You'll find it at a former American military base in Gournes, 13 kilometers east of Heraklion.”
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Café
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“The most popular café-bar in Rethymno, with lots of young people there. "Must to go" destination for your drink and cocktails also!”
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Cave
“In the village of Melidoni you will find the Melidoni Caves, where there is a number of very impressive stalactites and stalagmites. In 1823 the Ottoman army besieged the caves where approximately 370 inhabitants, mainly women and children, were hiding. Under the orders of Hussein Bay, the entrance was jammed with flammable materials and set on fire. After the Turks left, the bones were collected and placed in an ossuary which now stands in the middle of the central chamber. If you decide to visit the Caves, please wear sturdy shoes, as the ground may be slippery and we suggest you take a torch to enter the chambers.”
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Café
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“Nice international restaurant in the hart of the Venetian old harbor. Try a sitting on the top terrace (Thealassa restaurant) for fantastic views of the harbor. Sunset time is marvelous!”
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