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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 Hotel Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort Gouves
Having a convenient location at the picturesque village of Gouves, Hotel Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort takes pride in its vibrant water park with enormous outdoor pools and four slides. This four-star property is a five-minute drive from Dinosauria Park and Cretaquarium, while the beach is only a five-minute walk away. All rooms have simple yet elegant designs, and the floors are covered with tiles. In addition, the rooms are equipped with flat screen televisions, refrigerators and balconies or terraces. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the reception, restaurant and snack bar area. A mini-market and a conference room are found on-site. Moreover, the hotel’s spa offers massages, aesthetic treatments, and body wraps. The on-site restaurant serves international dishes. Furthermore, there are four bars on-site namely Artemis Pool-Snack Bar, Poseidon Pool Bar, Apollon Lounge Bar and Zeus Bar. Hotel Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort is a 15-minute drive to the Watercity Waterpark. The Cretaquarium is approximately two miles away. more
Hotel The Island Hotel Gouves
A Full Service –Adults Only- Lifestyle Resort Redefining the Contemporary Hotel Experience The Island, a 5* Hotel stands right on Gouves village coast, 17km east of the airport and 19km from the Heraklion city. Sophisticated and minimalist 298 rooms and Suites feature a colour palette of neutral and beige. Guest rooms feature open-plan or separate bathrooms, A/C, 32’’ LCD 40 channels satellite TV, wired internet access, electronic safe deposit boxes, telephones, refrigerators, hairdryers, natural latex upper matresses, bathrobes, slippers, beach towels, bottles of water replenished daily, tea & coffee making facilities, room service and a balcony or a terrace. A wide range of luxury amenities are additionally offered at the hotel’s Suites such as hydro massage bathtubs, raindrop showers, walk in closets, fine bath products and shared or private pools. “The Kitchen” main Restaurant along with “The Taverna” , "The Veranda" and “The Stone” à la Carte Restaurants serve innovative menus that blend the best of Cretan ingredients and Mediterranean flavours. “Veranda”, “Tholos” and “Yachting” Bars are a dazzling venue for drinks and cocktails. more
Hotel Despina Apartments Gouves
Featuring a pool with sun terrace and a snack bar, Despoina Apartments lies just 100 metres from the sandy beach of Gouves in Crete. Its self-catering units enjoy free Wi-Fi and open out to a balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea, the pool, or the garden. Simply decorated with dark-wooden furnishings and white-washed walls, the studios and apartments of Despoina have a kitchenette with dining area. Each unit is equipped with air conditioning, a fridge and cooking hobs. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Guests can relax at the sun loungers by the pool and enjoy a drink or a light snack at the poolside snack bar. Billiards and a children's playground are also available on site. Car and bicycle rental services are provided. Despoina Apartments is situated 15 km from Nikos Kazantakis International Airport and 20 km from Heraklion Town and Port. The famous archaeological site of Knossos is at 20. Free public parking can be found nearby. more
Hotel Elpida Apartments Gouves
Elpida Aparthotel Gouves also includes a seasonal outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the bar. The property also offers packed lunches.The accommodation is equipped with a seating area. Some units have a terrace and/or balcony with pool views. All units include a kitchenette equipped with a dishwasher and oven. A refrigerator and kettle are also offered. There is a private bathroom with a bath or shower in each unit. Towels and bed linen are available.A/C, Safe under extra charge.Hersonissos is 7 km from Elpida Aparthotel Gouves. The nearest airport is Heraklion International Airport, 12 km from Elpida Aparthotel Gouves. more
Hotel Cooee Lavris Hotels & Spa Gouves
Lavris Hotel Bungalows and Lavris Paradise are in the Gouves area of Heraklion. Both our properties are 4 star hotels, sharing common facilities. Family-run with modern amenities & excellent services, Lavris Hotels are located in an ideal place to start exploring the island of unparalleled, largely unknown contrasts. An island inhabited by fascinating people & gifted by a unique culture; the island of Crete. more
Hotel Blue Aegean Hotel & Suites Gouves
The Blue Aegean Hotel & Suites in Gouves is designed specifically for families and couples. The property offers a wide range of hotel facilities combined with the convenience of several catering options, such as All-Inclusive, Half Board, Bed & Breakfast or simply Self-Catering. Blue Aegean provides a rich selection of traditional Greek cuisine, both hot and cold, a locally sourced nutritional Mediterranean menu using olive oil, local herbs and wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables. The poolside pagoda offers a range of professional massage and beauty treatments for your total holiday relaxation. Every guest receives a complimentary treatment too. This new facility has proven to be highly popular; it’s there at your disposal. This is a family run hotel who not only provide efficient service but also create a genuinely friendly atmosphere. Every guest is warmly welcomed with typical Greek hospitality. The hosts believe that communication with their guests is essential to satisfy every need, and any requests are dealt with personally by the management. more
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