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Things to do in Crete

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Crete Attractions and things to do on Crete

The Greek iisland of Crete offers something for everyone irrespective of age. The west of the island has retained most of the island's traditions and natural beauty whereas the northern part is a holiday Mecca offering all the usual trimmings of sun, sea and sand. In the peak season parts of the island are overrun by tourist who flock to the massive hotel complexes but fortunately you can still escape and explore the endless beaches, quaint Greek villages, coves, caves and gorges along with the inland mountainous area.


Crete has been ruled by the Romans, Turks and Venetian’s in the past and they have all left their mark on this Greek island. An interesting day trip would be to one of the famous Minoan archaeological sites, especially the palace of Knossos and Phaistos where you can see the remains of the archaic Minoan culture that flourished here thousands of years before Christ. If all this sounds a little too energetic for you then the beaches on Crete can be as energetic or relaxing as you wish. Every type of water sport is on offer including some great windsurfing.

Shopping

Elounda - Elounda like other parts of Greece has something different to work. Handicrafts like needlework and colourful umbrellas are on offer everywhere and makes for good souvenirs. A market mainly selling fruits, vegetables and clothes is held on Friday mornings. There are a variety of shopping centers to cater to all tastes and budgets in the town. Gouves - There are many shopping centers in Gouves that present good-quality porcelain articles, fancy jewelry, local wines, best clothing both for men and women. Authentic gift articles can be bought which can be taken back home as souvenirs.

Festivals

The most popular festival on Crete, is the Easter Holy Week celebrations which are known for their colourful parades. Other popular festivals and events in Crete are held throughout the year and you can be assured of a wonderful time mixing with the locals. As dates change each year do check at your hotels reception to see what is on in your area during your stay.

Head to the beach

Elounda Near this church there is one small beach partially covered by shops, it’s a good place to visit. Elounda harbour is one more charming place to visit. It is filled with brightly coloured fishes and pleasure boats. Along with the harbour there is one more part of land in front of Small Square from where you can get boats to go to Spinalonga Island, it is the one of the most scenic place to visit, you can see there abandoned Spinalonga village, church of St. George and Defensive walls. Gouves – has a great sandy beach and offers some brilliant water sports there are many historical settings and museums in Gouves to see when you get tired of the beach.

Attractions

There is plenty to see and do whilst in Crete and we have listed a few ideas below. Several of these attractions can be booked at discounted rates to our customers who use our holidays search option. If you're only booking the hotel with us then most attractions can be booked from your hotel or via a local agency but the cost may be higher


Crete Acqua Park ACQUA PLUS is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete, for twenty years now it offers great fun and good service to more than 100,000 satisfied clients per year, is situated 5 km from Hersonissos and only 30 km from the city of Heraklion. It’s next to the Crete Golf Club. The water park offers more than 50 different slides, games and facilities and is split in to two sections connected to each other. There's one section is for adults and includes a large number of extreme slides with high adrenaline and the other section for children. The advantage of this park is that it is on a hill, so you can look around and glimpse different corners of beauty and fun without getting tired. Top technical equipment, automated control systems and water purification systems are currently in use. Acqua Plus is proud of its reputation for cleanliness, hospitality and most importantly, FUN. Safety comes first, a large number of qualified lifeguards and a stand by doctor is ready to assist and protect our clients at any minute of the day. Sun Beds and Umbrellas are included in the entrance price. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Crete Acqua Park.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Crete Acqua Park simply use the search box above and enter “Hersonissos” as the resort. Look out for the 4-star Golden Beach Hotel or the Silva Beach Hotel which are very popular.


Catamaran excursion to Santorini Experience the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini on this day trip from Crete by catamaran. Admire the natural beauty of the island as you approach it by sea before taking an unforgettable tour through the island’s famous whitewashed villages, blue domed churches and cobbled streets. Learn about the islands relatively young history, it was formed by a volcanic eruption only 3,500 years ago, and don’t miss the opportunity to snap up treats and souvenirs in its many shops and boutiques. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture your trip as Santorini truly looks like it belongs in a postcard! Feel the ocean spray against your face as you make the journey north from Crete to Santorini in your nimble catamaran. Take in the distinctive architecture as you sail nearer to the island with its low-lying cubical houses made from local stone, whitewashed to give the towns and villages their unique appearance. Once you dock your boat in the harbour you will take off on a scenic tour of the islands many highlights. Santorini has always been at the mercy of nature and you will learn about the incredibly powerful volcanic eruption that formed the island and the deadly earthquake that almost destroyed it. Climb to a high point for spectacular views and photos before descending down a cliff face via the steep terraces that have been built over the years. Santorini is a distinctive and unforgettable island and well worth a visit from Crete.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the start of the Catamaran excursion to Santorini simply use the search box above and enter “Heraklion” as the resort.


Heraklion Market and Town - Day trip Discover the wonders of the town of Heraklion on the Island of Crete. Near to the Knossos ruins, Heraklion is the largest city on the island. Your tour will allow you to divide your time, first taking in the famed Heraklion street market, then carrying on to town itself. The market street is a Greek institution not to be missed. As you roam the market, you'll see stalls selling a myriad of goods from clothing, shoes, textiles and embroidery, fruits and vegetables. Sure to be something to appeal to your tastes, check out the local fresh cheeses, thyme, or honey - a few of the many traditional offerings in the market. Ramble to the top of the street, and admire the Bembo Fountain, a Venetian work of art from the late 1500s. If the delicious smells have made you hungry, veer a bit off course, and check out some of the lovely restaurants on the side streets offering plenty of Cretan delights. After touring the market, you will continue on to Heraklion town. A city with a rich history, you have many options. From the 25th of August Street, walk to either St. Titus' Cathedral, a remarkable church, or the Loggia, an example of Venetian architecture, once a club for nobility. If you're in the mood to relax or sample some Greek cuisine, head to either Freedom or Lion's Square and do some people watching while you have a bite to eat. Just a mere sample of your many options. While on your tour of Heraklion Market and Town, take in the sights and sounds of Crete, friendly faces, and breath-taking historical architecture.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Heraklion Market simply use the search box above and enter “Heraklion” as the resort.


Limnoupolis water park The water park is located on a beautiful, emerald area 8 km from the city of Chania near the community of Varipetro. It occupies a total area of 15 acres. In Limnoupolis, all brand new games that have been installed and operating are similar to those in Disneyland. The "crazy river" 100 m long and the multiple descending slide Multi-pista with 5 parallel roots each one of them 60 m long offer pure, absolute pleasure to visitors. For the brave ones and those seeking for intense emotions, right aside there are a couple of roots: the Freefall 55 m long and the famous "black hole" 80 m long. For the milder ones, there are the panoramic giant slides 130 m long. In one of the highest parts of Limnoupolis, locate also the beginning of the remarkable water slides called Triple Twist (3 conjunctive, closed, transparent water slides each one of them is 80 m long.) The very first view will be the one of the big pool of 1.500 m2, that has an excellently designed pool bar, Jacuzzi and an artificial small island with wooden toys, accessible only via a hanging rope-made bridge. Right next is the kids' pool for the younger fellows. Truly, one of the outstanding parts of "Limnoupolis" is the artificial river or "lazy river" which is 260 m long and 3-3,5 m wide. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Limnoupolis water park .

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Limnoupolis water park simply use the search box above and enter “Crete-Chania” as the destination.


Botanical Park – half day excursion Here you get the chance to learn about all the plants and breathe in the fresh air and experience all the smells that are in the air. Afterward while we are waiting for the food we will try some different locally produced wines. We will end with the best, to eat the food that we have been cooking and enjoy the fantastic view and atmosphere. A day you will always remember. Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel. Start/opening time: Pick-up from the hotel between 8.15 to 9.15am. End/closing time: Return to the hotel at 2.30pm.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Botanical Park simply use the search box above and enter “Crete-Chania” as the destination.


Go Greek – Dinner show If you have ever been for a knees up down at the local Greek, you'll know just how much fun a Greek night can be, and that’s what this evening trip serves up. Everything kicks off when we whisk you to a taverna and you're treated to a 'meze' dinner and free-flowing wine. Then, as you eat, you're entertained by a packed programme of Greek dancing. Sing along as colourfully dressed dancers show off their steps. As the evening unfolds let the bouzouki music tempt you out on to the floor. Before long you'll be dancing along to the famous' sirtaki'. This Zorba the Greek classic involves everyone forming a line, linking arms and kicking along to ever-faster music, which is usually played at the end as it's something of a roof- raiser. The events lasts around two and a half hours and we'll take you back to your resort afterwards, so you can eat, drink and be merry. Start/opening time: Pick-up from the hotels between 5.15 and 7 pm. End/closing time: Return to the hotels approx. at 11.30pm. Pick up from hotels in Chania, Kamissiana, Maleme, Kolymbari, Platanies, Agia Marina or Stalos.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Go Greek – Dinner show simply use the search box above and enter “Crete-Chania” as the destination.


Scuba Diving Discover another world when you learn to scuba dive in the warm clear Mediterranean waters. This is the perfect opportunity for you to have a go. Our fully qualified instructors will take you through all you need to know so you can confidently don the mask, air tank and flippers and experience life beneath the waves. No previous experience is needed for the trial dive and we can also arrange dives for the experienced diver. A glittering underwater world of colourful fish and marine life awaits you. Start/opening time: Pick-up from the hotels between 8.30 and 10am. End/closing time: Return to the hotels 4pm. approx. Pick up from hotels in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Piscopiano, Koutouloufari, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Gournes, Sensatori. Karteros plus other resorts across the island.



Watercity Water Park WATERCITY provides people of all ages with the chance to enjoy their holidays, explore the beautiful park, relax by the pools, spend hours and hours on our exciting and thrilling games and rides, enjoy the sunshine, have a snack or a drink in our many restaurants and bars and shop for souvenirs for their loved ones. Our main aim is to make your day as pleasurable as possible! Watercity waterpark is an exciting amusement park. Known as the most entertaining park of its kind in Europe, the park offers pure amusement to adults and children alike, you will find something to suit everyone here among the 36 different amusements, slides, pools and activities. The waterpark lies between Hersonissos and Heraklion. It is easily reached from any point of the island. It is just 20 minutes from the centre of Heraklion and only 15 minutes from the resorts of Hersonissos and Malia. Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Watercity Water Park .

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Watercity Water Park simply use the search box above and enter either “Malia” or “Hersonissos” as the resort. Look out for the 4-star High Beach Hotel in Malia or the smartline Kyknos Beach Hotel also in Malia both of which are very popular.


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