The palace of Knossos with the oldest throne in Europe, the palace of Faistos with the famous disc, the palace of Malia and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion where you can see excellent relics from the great Minoan age such as the unique gold ring of King Minos. Well and less known historical sites, byzantine churches and monasteries, even minarets and mosques exist on the island. Cretan music and traditional dances offer a superb celebratory spirit at festivals, parties and religious ceremonies.
The island has much to offer in the form of relaxing pastimes. Sunny beaches, calm and clean seas, traditional villages, wonderful gorges, high mountains, beautiful lakes, and amazing flora. Forget the intensive rhythm of the anxious cities, traffic, horns and other disturbing sounds. Swim in crystal waters, listen to the sound of the waves, lay back and relax under the stars or the sun! But please be careful. Sun protection creams, hats and special clothing are always necessary especially during the hot Cretan summer!
Hundreds of unique events are taking place on the island during the whole year and especially the summer. Concerts, beach parties, special events, bars, pubs, clubs and famous Djs are promising unforgettable nights. As there are no law restrictions, many night clubs are closing early in the morning offering a celebratory atmosphere to all. Maybe this sense of freedom is one of the main reasons that every year many world class celebrities choose the island of Crete for their holidays.
Shopping centers, tourist shops, municipal, traditional and street markets with amazing produce are waiting to be discovered. Traditional products and foods, clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, furniture, electronics and many other items can be found on sale. Discover the excellent prices and be prepared to be surprised! Sales periods and discounts make the prices unbeatable. You can pay cash in euros but most all of the stores accept credit cards. Banks, hotels and travel offices offer currency exchange services.