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Welcome to Crete! This Greek island offers visitors far more than just beautiful beaches and the chance to unwind: for visitors who want to explore there are plenty of historical sites, areas of natural beauty, and entertaining attractions to discover.
Anneliese O'MalleyBy Anneliese O'Malley

The 10 Best Things to Do in Crete

Whether it’s your first time visiting Crete or you’re back and looking for new things to do, we’ve collected our ten favorite activities and attractions. Pick and choose the things that suit your interest and built your perfect itinerary.
Knossos
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Discover Knossos

The Palace of Knossos is one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island of Crete. According to legend, it was the home of King Minos and the minotaur in the labyrinth. According to archaeologists, it’s an important site for understanding the Bronze Age Minoan culture. It’s well worth a visit in either case.
Cruises in Crete
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Relax on a Cruise

Crete is the largest Greek island, and it’s the perfect place to discover nearby islands in the Aegean or the Mediterranean Sea. Some cruises take a full day and include lunch, while others are shorter trips along the beautiful coastline of Crete. Vessels vary from speedboats and cruise ships to old-fashioned sailing boats, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for you.
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Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Get Historical at Heraklion Archaeological Museum

If you’re interested in ancient history or you just want to escape from the summer heat, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is the place to be. It’s one of the world’s most significant collections of Minoan artifacts, some of which date back to 2700 BCE.
Meeresfrüchte
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Take a Food Tour

Greek food is delicious, and Crete has its own twist on the cuisine that you’re bound to enjoy. Take a food tour or go wine tasting with an expert guide to learn all about the range of food on offer, including home-grown olive oil, olives, and local cheeses.
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Rethymno
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Explore Rethymno

The city of Rethymno was founded during the Minoan era, so it’s been around for more than 4000 years! While it’s grown since its foundation, visitors should make sure to take a walk through the Venetian Old Town, which hosts festivals and celebrations on key dates throughout the year.
Strand von Balos
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Get Outdoors

Crete is a brilliant location for those who love outdoor activities, with a range of sports and pursuits available. Hiking is particularly popular, with Samaria Gorge being a great option for intrepid explorers who enjoy being out in nature. Snorkeling is available in the summer months, as are Land Rover safaris.
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Elafonisi
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Hit the Beach on Elafonisi Island

The island of Elafonisi is a beautiful spot to visit in the summer months, separated from the main island of Crete by a shallow stretch of water. Visitors can wade across to discover stunning pink sand beaches or take a boat tour that stops at the island. The shallow water makes this an ideal spot to swim with younger children.
Watercity Water Park | Wiki Commons: Pkioupakis CC BY-SA 4.0
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Visit a Water Park

If you’re an adrenaline junkie then have no fear: Crete is home to two large waterparks that are sure to scratch that itch. In addition to exciting slides, both Watercity Water Park and Acqua Plus include children’s pools, so even the youngest family members can enjoy the day.
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Landschaften auf Kreta
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Go Cycling

Crete is a wonderful place to explore by bike, especially in the spring and autumn. Take a tour with a guide who can show you the best paths for cyclists, or rent yourself a set of wheels and explore by yourself! E-bike tours are also available if you’re not sure you’ll be able to keep up.
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Cretaquarium
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CretAquarium

If you’re looking for a fun way to entertain your children, then the CretAquarium is an educational and fun excursion! Its tanks feature more than 2,500 animals from 250 species including stingrays, sharks, and octopuses.
Cretaquarium
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Anneliese O'Malley
Written byAnneliese O'MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.
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