The palace of Knossos with the oldest throne of Europe, the palace of Faistos with the famous disc and the the gold ring of King Minos in Archaeological Museum of Heraklion are some excellent examples from the great age of Minoans. 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 celebrative spirit in festivals, parties, christian and other ceremonies.
The island has many relaxation suggestions. Sunny beaches, calm and clean seas, traditional villages, wonderful gorges, high mountains, beautiful lakes, amazing flora. Forget the intensive rhythm of the anxious cities, the traffic, the 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 but specially 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 celebrative 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 and streets, touristic, municipal, traditional and street markets with amazing things waiting to be discovered. Traditional products and foods, clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, furniture, electronics and many others things are sold. Discover the prices and prepare to be surprised! Sales periods and discounts make the prices unbeatable. You can pay cash in euros but most of the stores accept Visa and Mastercard. Banks, hotels and travel offices offer currency exchange services.