The best sights in Crete

Looking for tips on Crete? These are the absolute must-sees on this lovely Greek island.

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Knossós

Scholars believe that, during the time of the Minoan civilisation, Knossos was the capital of Crete. The excavations at Knossos are the number one sight in Greece. And for good reason, as they provide a unique glimpse into the Minoan civilisation. Plan to visit Knossos? Don’t miss the palace, the most important tourist attraction. You’ll know why when you see it.

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Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Want to get a glimpse of how people used to live on Crete? The rich history of the island is depicted in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the most important sights on Crete. Here you will find a great collection of Minoan art, some of which originated from the excavation sites in Knossos. An example of the art to be admired is the mysterious Phaistos Disk.

Sight: Archaeological Museum
Sight: Lasithi Plateau
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Lassithi Plateau

Ever notice the traditional Greek windmills on postcards? You can see them ‘live’ on the Lassithi Plateau, a site of around 25 square kilometres surrounded by the Dikti mountains. While you’re there, visit Zeus’s Cave, which is located on the plateau. According to mythology, this is where the king of the Olympian gods was born.

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Samaría Gorge

Sports enthusiasts who love spectacular sights should definitely walk the Samaria Gorge while on Crete. The path starts at the Omalos Plateau and extends to the seaside resort of Agia Roumeli – a distance of around 16 kilometres. It takes about 4 to 6 hours, so you should be in good shape and be wearing proper walking shoes.

Sight: Spinalonga
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Spinalonga

The island of Spinalonga lies off the coast of Crete. In the first half of the twentieth century it was a place of exile for leper patients, so that they could not infect others. When a healthy baby was born on Spinalonga it was taken off the island. Nowadays, Spinalonga is one of Crete’s most popular sights.