The Best Attractions in Crete

If you’re thinking of a particular type of vacation, then it’s quite possible that Crete can offer that. Picturesque, beautiful towns to walk around and have endless amounts of fun, ancient sites that have stood in place for millennia, unique nature trails that will take you far away from civilization, amazing beaches that look and feel – and effectively are – tropical, all of these and a lot more can be found in Crete near Out of the Blue Capsis Elite Resort at Aghia Pelaghia or a bit farther away. If you feel like exploring, or getting in touch with history or just partying all night long, then Crete is the island for you.

It is impossible to include an exhaustive list of all the attractions that you can find in Crete, but here are some of the highlights:

Beaches and Natural Beauty

Samaria gorge: Europe has rarely seen a more beautiful gorge than Samaria. Relatively easy to walk, though it may take a long time, Samaria gorge is a top destination among travelers who are looking for something extra in their vacation.

image of samaria gorge
Vai beach: As close to the tropics as you can get in Europe. Vai, in the east, is surrounded by a forest of palm-trees, its sands are golden and thin, the waters crystal clear. It is one of the most popular beaches in Greece for a reason.

image of vai beach
Amari valley: It is what the name says. A valley among the mountains. Lots of trees, lots of pastures, an idyllic place to spend the day. It is situated in the middle of the island, between Heraklion and Rethymnon.

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Elafonissi: This beach probably is most visitors’ favorite spot on the island. Its amazing beauty is only surpassed by how serene it can be there. It’s in the southwest of Crete and it might take you a bit of time to get there.

image of elafonissos beach

Ancient and medieval cities and sites

Knossos: King Minos’ home is probably the queen of all ancient cities in Greece. Illustrious, mysterious, the starting point of a whole civilization. Near Heraklion and very close from our resort ; it cannot be missed.

image of knossos palace
Spinalonga: It’s an island outside Elounda, in the east. It used to be a place where nobody wanted to go, as it was a leper colony. Now it’s a site heavy with history, very popular, but not for the faint of heart.

photo of spinalonga
Phaistos: Phaistos, in central Crete and towards the south, is, let us say, number two to Knossos’ number one. It has given us, though, one of the most important and famous artifacts of the Minoan period, the notorious Phaistos Disc, seen in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

image of phaistos disk