Why You Need To Travel To Crete, Greece

Travel To Greece

Traveling to Greece is at the top of everyone’s bucket list and is it any wonder? The country is one of the most beautiful in the world with it’s perfect beaches and incredible country side. Not only that but it’s chock full of history dating back thousands of years. Take all of this, wrap it up in some pretty friendly people who know how to party, and you’ve got the perfect combination for a dream holiday. But have you considered a bit of travel to Crete, Greece?

Where to Go in Greece

Within Greece there are a plethora of places to visit. Travel through Greece and head to Santorini for its sunsets or Mykonos for its parties and sheer beauty. Head to Athens for a modern taste of Greece or head north for plenty of history. Of course, there are hundreds of islands for you to explore but in this article I’m going to literally show you why you need to visit the island of Crete, Greece. Greece is more than the normal tourist route. I think the Crete embodies everything there is to love about Greece and offers the weary traveler the perfect place to relax and explore.

Chania

Chania is located on the island of Crete and is an easy 1 hour flight from Athens. It’s a great place to start when traveling to Crete, Greece because it’s set-up perfectly for tourism. You’ll find your fair share of museums, restaurants, and bars but also be able to relax and enjoy it all. It still has that European feel to it but you know you’re in a uniquely Greek place when you’re there!

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You can’t visit Crete, Greece without visiting Chania. It’s the quintessential Cretan city and so much fun!
Why You Need To Travel To Crete, Greece - My Normal Gay Life Blog
Imagine waking up and having breakfast with this view…
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And ending your day to beautiful sunsets like this!
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Of course, you’ll spend your day exploring the sights and sounds of the city…
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While meandering around it’s many narrow streets!

Olive Tree of Vouves- Crete, Greece

When I decided to visit Crete, Greece, I knew that I would need to make my way to the small town of Vouves because I am a plant freak and the town is home to one of the oldest olive trees in the world. The tree spans a lifetime of about 4000 years and it is still going. Something this old deserves a little pilgrimage so I made sure to find the time to visit. The tree is amazing due to its age and it’s branches were also used to create the victor’s wreaths for the 2004 Athens Olympics. You can purchase olive oil made from the fruit of this tree too…because even after all this time, it is still producing olives!

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While you’re in the area, take a day trip to Vouves to see the oldest olive tree in the world!
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There’s a great open air museum showing the ancient way of producing olive oil too!
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The views from this region are stunning!
Karavitakis Winery

The area that the Olive Tree of Vouves calls home is also the abode of multiple wineries. My favorite of these is Karavitakis Winery which produces excellent wines. It’s a great add on since you’re in the area anyway. Wine is always the answer in my book and it makes any day trip even better.

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Who doesn’t love a good winery? Stop by the Karavitakis Winery for some delicious Cretan snacks and wine!
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You’ll love wandering around the property.
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The views are just perfect! And it’s such a peaceful place!
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Who knows…you might even make a new friend!
Heraklion

The capital city of Crete, Heraklion, is not unlike any other capital city. If you’re hoping for a bit of modern convenience then you’ll want to make a stop here. The city offers tons of restaurants, bars, museums, and more. I didn’t spend much time in the city since it was definitely oversaturated with tourists. Be sure to make a stop in this modern city and decided for yourself if it is your cup of tea.

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There’s a beautiful and dramatic harbor in Heraklion for you to explore!
Knossos

A short bus ride outside the city of Heraklion will take you to the ancient site of Knossos. This was the center of the Minoan civilization for thousands of years and use to be a grand place in ancient times. Today you can explore the ruins very thoroughly walking among its corridors and up its historic staircases. It’s totally worth visiting when you travel to Crete, Greece.

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Knossos makes for an excellent day trip from Heraklion!
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See the ruins of the Minoan society which have survived thousands of years!
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Imagine what this grand palace might have looked like thousands of years ago!
Sitia

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten path destination when you travel to Crete, Greece, then you should really consider heading to Sitia. It’s a small city with plenty of character. Situated along a harbor, the quiet city offers a great place to relax and enjoy yourself. Take a break from the world and head to this sleepy little town!

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The city of Sitia is the perfect off-the-beaten path destination.
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Walk along Sitia’s waterfront beneath the palm trees.
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Find a bit of romance or just take a great selfie!
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The views really can’t be beat in Sitia!
Vai Beach

A short drive from Sitia, you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Well-known to Greeks, Vai Beach isn’t yet popular with outsiders…but it should be. The beach is stunning and is home to the largest natural palm forest in Europe. You can relax on the sandy beach or in a beach chair while sipping on cocktails from the onsite beach bar. If you get hungry, there’s a restaurant offering excellent Cretan food!

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Near Sitia is Vai Beach. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a pretty beach!
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It’s also home to Europe’s largest palm forest…which you can walk through!
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And of course, you can hike up high for some incredible views!

So what’s the deal with Santorini? Is a Santorini vacation really worth it?

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So what do you think? Does this inspire you to get to Crete, Greece? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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J. Harvey

J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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