Crete, the largest of the many Greek islands, is known for its stunning beaches and mountainous terrain. After island hopping from Athens to Mykonos to Santorini, I was so excited to be able to spend a week exploring this beautiful island! In fact, I wish we had had even more time because there is so much to see.
Crete is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and, depending on where you are on the island, they can vary quite a bit.
There are beaches that are rocky and can only be reached by boat and then there are fine white sand beaches with turquoise lagoons… and everything in between!
One of the highlights of our trip was visiting Elafonissi Beach — also known as the ‘pink sand beach.’ Stunning clear waters and pink sand on the water’s edge, you’ll feel like you’re in a postcard.
Another feature that Crete has become known for are its majestic mountains and gorges. Hiking through one of these beautiful gorges (Samaria is a popular one!) is the perfect place to spend the day while in Crete.
Heraklion (in the east) and Chania (in the west) are the largest cities on the island, both with international airports. They are filled with history and culture and either makes for a great base in exploring more of the island.
There are family-owned restaurants serving up the most delicious and fresh food all over the island. I’m a huge fan of Greek food but Crete has many of its own signature dishes. Make sure to try dakos, kaltsounia (cretan cheese pies) and raki (their version of tsipouro)!
If you are planning a trip to Greece, consider adding Crete to your itinerary — you won’t regret it!