Here are the top 17 tourist attractions to see in Crete:

1. Knossos

4.5 /5

32 km
from city center
1 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Knossos was the center and capital of Minoan civilization, which lay 5km south of Heraklion.

2. Heraklion Archeological Museum

4.3 /5

32 km
from city center
2 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Heraklion Archeological Museum is situated in Heraklion and is dedicated to Minoan Civilization art.æIt contains the most notable collection of artifacts of the Minoan Civilization of Crete.

3. Lychnostatis open Air Museum

4.2 /5

55 km
from city center
3 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum is a private museum in Heraklion based on private collection owned by Yiorgos Markakis, an ophthalmologist. It was established in 1992.

4. Koules Fortress

3.8 /5

32 km
from city center
4 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Koules Fortress is the entrance to the harbour of Heraklion. Also known as the "Sea fortress", it is one of the most beloved monuments of the city.

5. Historical Museum of Crete

3.8 /5

31 km
from city center
5 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

The Museum, founded by the society of Cretan Historical Studies highlights the collection of art and history of Crete from the 4th century AD up to the second world war.

6. Chania Venetian Lighthouse

3.7 /5

78 km
from city center
6 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

The lighthouse of Chania is located at the entrance of the port and is considered to be the symbol of Chania.

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7. Firkas Fortress

3.7 /5

78 km
from city center
7 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

The Fort was constructed in 1629 in Chania to protect the Venetian harbour entrance from raiders. The building was used as the barracks of the Turkish army in Chania.

8. Nautical Museum of Crete

3.6 /5

78 km
from city center
8 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

The nautical museum was constructed in 1973 and stands next to the Firkas fortress. Itæ includes models of ships, nautical instruments, paintings, historical photographs and war relics.

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9. Archeological Museum of Chania

3.6 /5

78 km
from city center
9 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Since 1963 the Archeological Museum of Chania has been housed, temporarily, in the Venetian church of St Francis which once belonged to the Franciscan monks, an important monument of the city. The displays contain items starting from Neolithic times, continuing with various Minoan objects, ending with the Byzantine period.

10. Frangokastello

3.5 /5

53 km
from city center
10 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Frangokastello is the location for a castle along with some settlement in the south of Crete near Chania.

11. Elafonissi Beach

3.5 /5

115 km
from city center
11 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Elafonissi is an island located close to the main island of Crete. When the weather is fine, one can walk through the shallow water and spend quite a time on the beach.

12. Balos Beach and Lagoon

3.4 /5

117 km
from city center
12 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Balos is an exotic beach - lagoon situated about 50 km from the city of Chania. It is a popular tourist spot.

13. Samaria Gorge

3.4 /5

77 km
from city center
13 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Samaria gorge is a national park in Crete which is a major tourist attraction, especially for hikers. It is situated in the regional unit of Chania.

14. Vai Beach

3.3 /5

132 km
from city center
14 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Considered to be one of the top beaches in Greece, it is a popular place among tourists.

15. Sacred Monastery of Arkadi

3.3 /5

18 km
from city center
15 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

The Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox Monastery situated in Rethymnon. It dates back to 16th century marked by the presence of Renaissance.

16. Spinalonga

3.2 /5

85 km
from city center
16 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

The island of Spinalonga, officially known as Kalydon has an interesting history.æIt was not always an island -æduring Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defence purposes and a fort was built there.

17. Chrissi island

3.2 /5

91 km
from city center
17 out of 17
places to visit in Crete

Chrissi is among the few left uninhabited islands of Greece. Lying 8 miles away from Lerapatra, it is almost flat with colourful volcanic rocks covered in gold sand and purple shells.

FAQs on Crete

What are the top activities in Crete?

The top activities in Crete are Elafonisi Island Day Tour from Rethymno/Chania/Heraklion, Private Chania International Airport (CHQ) and Chania Port Transfers for Crete, Heraklion Hop-On Hop-Off Tours (Open-Top), Private Heraklion International Airport (HER) and Heraklion Port Transfers for Crete, Wine Tasting and Cooking Workshop in Crete, Wine Tasting Experience in Crete.

What are the top sightseeing places in Crete?

The top sightseeing places in Crete are Knossos, Heraklion Archeological Museum, Lychnostatis open Air Museum, Koules Fortress, Historical Museum of Crete, Chania Venetian Lighthouse.

How can I commute within Crete?

You can easily rent a car in Crete as long as you have your licence. The rent starts from around EUR 100 for 7 days. Cretans drive on the right-hand side of the road so it can be a challenge for Indians. Taxis are also available but that can be bit expensive. Buses are quite frequent and trustworthy. Drivers usually divert from their marked route to enter little villages if ask them¾to do so. Bus services along the north coast and south are excellent and cheap. Since there are no roads along the southwest coast, there is a ferry line between Paleochora, Sougia, Agia Poumeli, Loutro and Hora sfakion.
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