Explore Historical Crete
Hit the beach, visit archaeological sites, and go shopping
Greece’s largest island is brimming with rich culture, storied history, and varied terrain—and you don’t have to venture far from the resort to experience all of it. There’s a beach mere steps from the resort or you can check out other popular spots like Almiros Beach. Visit the spectacular Knossos archaeological site, or the capital of Minoan Crete—considered Europe’s oldest city— which features a grand palace and lively frescos dating back to the Bronze Age. Check out the world’s best collection of Minoan art and artifacts at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, stroll around the legendary Lake Voulismeni in the center of town, and go shopping in chic Agios Nikolaos. If you want to venture out on a day trip, make the trek to Ideon Cave, otherwise known as the birthplace of Zeus, the Phaistos archaeological site with its panoramic views, and the Cretaquarium, which is full of Mediterranean marine life.