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What to see on Crete
Although it’s impossible to see everything the island offers on a short trip, there are certain places you just can’t miss on Crete. From its archaeological sites to the beautiful Cretan mountains and beaches.
If you’re looking for typical restaurants and bars in a traditional and picturesque environment, the touristic city of Agios Nikolaos is ideal because of its Mediterranean climate. It is mainly known for the salt water lake in the middle of the city. If you’re looking for a more cultural destination, Heraklion offers endless monuments, museums and churches including the impressive and recently renovated Archaeology Museum. The city of Knossos also has an incredible Minoan palace more than 3500 years old and Rethymno has a great variety of museums, monuments and nightlife and beach options.
Finally, the Byzantine frescoes on Crete are the best of Greece. They can be found in different churches throughout the island such as the image of Saint George which adorns the island of Agios Georgios.
It is the most well-known aperitif on Crete and a must-try if you visit the island. It’s a combination of organic tomatoes and barley bread which is baked and seasoned with olive oil, oregano and Mizithra cheese. Long ago, this Cretan specialty was only enjoyed by the most humble classes.
However, its popularity has crossed borders and classes and is currently eaten at any tavern on the island by tourists and residents alike. Besides the flavour, it’s good at any time of the day and is healthy and easy to make. In fact, there are different variations - some in salad or with black pepper.
The colours of Crete
As Greece’s largest island, it’s a land full of contrasts and richness, a country with its own identity which is famous for its myths, legends and traditions. It is home to more than a thousand kilometres of sandy white coastline and beaches bathed by the Mediterranean.
Crete also has very bustling nightlife. After the cultural visits and beach escapades, there’s an entertaining offering of bars, pubs and nightclubs. Most of them feature avant-garde and retro decoration with a relaxing atmosphere where the music gets interrupted by local dances.
If you’re looking for a more modern rhythm, the cities of Hersonissos and Malia are mandatory destinations and often compared to the atmosphere on Ibiza. If you’re looking for more relaxed atmospheres, you can enjoy traditional music and dance shows or open-air cinema with films that are usually shown in their original version and subtitled for tourists.