Crete is known as the largest and also most populous among the Greek islands. Crete is also known as the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, and is one of the 13 administrative regions of Greece. Crete’s Heraklion is the capital and also its largest city. Crete plays a big role in Greece’s economy and culture as it is one that has moulded its economy and its cultural heritage. But even through time and many developments, Crete has maintained its local cultural traits such as its own poetry and music. According to historians Crete's history was once the centre of the Minoan civilisation back in 2700–1420 BC. History studies have shown and interpreted that the Minoan civilisation is the earliest recorded civilisation in Europe.
Knossos/Cnossos - Knossos is known as the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is also considered as Europe's oldest city. The palace of Knossos was the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilisation and culture. The structure shows a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and storerooms close to a central square. The restorations of the palace’s indoor and outdoor murals show some aspects of the Cretan life in the Bronze Age, as well as by the decorative motifs of the pottery and the insignia on the seals and sealing.
Chania City - Travellers flock to Chania for many reasons and it is has one of the most concentrated number of visitors because of shopping. The old Cross Market is where most food items trinkets and souvenirs can be bought. There is also a harbour area where travellers can just relax and enjoy the view and weather. Other than that, within Chania are various museums on the eastern end of it. There are also nice harbour cafes where travellers can enjoy a light meal and cup of coffee. There is a place at the eastern part of Chania City called New Chania and it is a place where young locals go to and the night life is also kicking. Other than places to mingle, there are designer stores than can be seen here to do more shopping.
Ayios Nikolaos - Ayios (or Agios) Nikolaos is one of the prettiest towns that can be found in Crete. It is renowned for its twin harbours. Travellers should put this town in their itinerary to experience the richness of its culture. But the main focus of going here is the charm of the town itself.
Chersonissos - This place is the middle of everything such as shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and bars. There is also a nearby beach where travellers can just relax and enjoy a drink by the shore. There are also clubs and bars where tourists can mingle with the locals and enjoy the night away. But during the day, boat trips are available to enjoy the ocean views. Tourists have said that boat trip conductors have tried convincing people that they can see dolphins and sea lions, but no one has confirmed that they have indeed seen some during those boat trips.
How to get around within Crete
Public transport in Crete is efficient and well-priced, which will be a good and safe choice for travellers to get around the city. There are main buses in Crete that that is operated by the company KTEL (Minoan Lines) and is based in Iraklion. The main bus stations for these are located in Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno, and Chania. Travellers should know that buses run from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
There is a main bus station in Iraklion and it is called "Station A." It can be found on Koundouritio Street, which travellers will be delighted as it is just a short walk from the cruise and ferry berths, and the centre of the town. “Station B” however is located near Hania Porta on the western side of the town centre.
How to get there
Travellers who are interested to visit Crete in Greece, should book their flights that are bound for the Heraklion International Airport. It is the main portal to get to Crete and has a wide selection of airlines that operate in it. Travellers can book the cheapest flights using Skyscanner and choose among Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, and Minoan Air. There are also seasonal and chartered flights that are operated by airBaltic, Air Moldova, Air Bucharest, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Finnair, and Ukraine International Airlines.