Hotels in Crete Island, Greece
Flora and Fauna of Greek Island Crete
Crete The Greek Island
Glorious sandy beaches, picturesque
mountains and Venetian towns make Crete the perfect holiday destination.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island
in the Mediterranean Sea. It is 160 miles long and 35 miles across at its
widest point. Candia (the Italian name for Crete) is divided into four
main sections: Chania, Heraklion, Lasithi and Rethymno. Each of these providences
have something unique to offer hoildaymakers.
The Four Providences of Crete
Chania is a modern city with a variety
of old venetian homes. Located on the western end of the island, it has
waterfront restaurants, museums, churches, craft shops and a host of cafes
to choose from.
Heraklion is the capital of Crete
and the biggest city on the island. This city houses the International
airport and is the economic center of the island with museums, architectural
sites, gorges, landscapes, beaches and small villages. There are unique
shops and a Saturday market.
|Lasithi is the city
on the eastern corner of the island, just east of Heraklion. Lasithi is
home to a port, resorts, a plateau, windmills, the Cave of Psychro and
sandy beaches. It boasts vineyards, olive trees and citrus trees due to
its relatively warm year-round climate.
Rethymno is a city that is divided
by the old and new towns. The Venetian fortress overlooks the town. It
also features a harbor and waterfront, cafes, archaeological museums and
a historic area.
Getting around Crete
Though taxis are available in Crete,
walking and hiking are probably the best way to tour the island. A walking
tour allows holidaymakers a wonderful sightseeing experience. Aside from
the sprawling beaches, tourists will see snow-capped mountains, vast seas,
small villages, gorges, caves, flora and fauna.
It's all about the food in Greece.
Holidaymakers can look forward to some of the best Greek food in Crete.
Restaurants serve authentic Greek food, which is simple, but full of fresh,
robust ingredients that are mainly found on the island. The dining experience
in Crete is relaxed. A meal can last for hours and is centered around the
idea of family and friends socializing. Wine is usually part of dinner,
and cafes are popular for coffee after dinner.
Tourist Attractions in Crete
Holidaymakers can do more in Crete
than relax on its miles of beaches. Water activities like snorkeling, scuba
diving, paddle boats, glass-bottom boat tours, yachts, canoes, kayaks,
surfing and jet skiing abound. There is also plenty to do on land. Consider
checking out the Matala Caves, Samaria Gorge, Limnoupolis Water Park, Creteaquarium,
walking trails through the mountains, small villages and Greek night life.
The Best Places to Stay in Crete
Crete has unique situations to meet
a wide variety of holidaymakers and their budgets. Visitors can opt to
rent a villa, book a hotel, stay at a countryside inn, rent a suite in
an old Venetian building, stay in a modern room on the beach or book a
room at a luxury resort. Or maybe even go self catering on a Crete villa
holiday The first step is to decide which area of Crete you want to visit
and then look for the type of lodging that suits you best.
The Crete Experience
Holidays in Crete are often filled
with breathtaking views, special moments, historic lessons, culture, relaxation
and fun. Because Crete is also dependent on tourism, the people are very
accepting of tourists. They are very welcoming and go out of their way
to make visitors feel at home. The best way a holidaymaker can get the
full experience of Crete is to travel from one coast to the other, taking
in all of the sites and beauty the island offers tourists.
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HOTELS IN CRETE
Atlantis Hotel, Heraklion, Crete
in the air-conditioned lobby,
and Internet access is d in Heraklion on the island of Crete, Greece, 100
metres from the Archaeological Museum and six kilometres from the Palace
of Knossos. Heraklion Airport is five kilometres away. Situated in
a quiet neighbourhood, the modern five-storey Aquila Atlantis has an indoor
swimming pool and views of the historic Venetian harbour. Complimentary
newspapers are offered available on site. The formal Ariadne Restaurant
serves a range of Mediterranean and international dishes for lunch and
dinner. Vegetarian and children's menus are available on request. The Ekali
bar offers a variety of coffees, cocktails, light meals, and desserts.
Dating from the 19th century mythological Minotaur, and since Roman times
the palace of King Minos has been thought to be the Labyrinth. Though the
city has been variously plagued by earthquakes, tidal waves, and fires,
the ruins remain utterly impressive.
Bay Palace, Elounda, Crete
The Elounda Bay Palace is
situated on the north east coast of the Mediterranean Island of Crete,
70 km from Heraklion International Airport, 9 km from the town of Agios
Nikolaos and 1.5 km from the village of Elounda. There are convenient
daily air services by Olympic Airways, Aegean Airlines etc. from Athens
Airport to Heraklion offering connections to and from major European Cities
and the USA. Guests can choose from a variety of Restaurants in which
they can experience a wide and imaginative selection of international and
traditional delicacies, accompanied by live music. Aretoussa Main Restaurant:
offers American Breakfast Buffet, Lunch Buffet and Three Course Dinner
Menu with salads, starters and dessert Buffet. Serving Greek & International
Cuisine. Ariadne a la Carte Seaside Restaurant: Offers Grills
and a la carte Lunch and Dinner. Serving Greek & International Cuisine.
Thalassa Restaurant: Offers Fish delicacies served on the waterfront.
Iraklio Hotel, Heraklion, Crete
The Galaxy Hotel is located
in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece, 800 metres from the historic
centre and three kilometres from the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Heraklion
Airport is five kilometres away. This contemporary hotel provides
a gym and spa services, including massage treatments. There is also a swimming
pool and a sauna. Business facilities include a business centre and conference
rooms, and wireless Internet access is available. Galaxy Hotel offers
a modern restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a
pool bar serving snacks and cocktails. Live music is played in the hotel's
Hotel, Heraklion, Crete
Magda Hotel is a four-star
hotel in Crete, Greece, that was built and renovated between 1993 and 2007.
The hotel is built in a style where the atmosphere and the soft colors
and flowers will make you feel nice and comfortable during your holiday.
The friendly atmosphere, comfortable rooms, excellent service and moderate
prices make our hotel the ideal place for a nice and enjoyable holiday.
The hotel is located in Gouves, 16 km from Heraklion, 14 km from the airport,
6 km from Chersonissos, 3 km from the traditional old village of Gouves,
200 meters from the resort center of Gouves, and about 80 meters from a
beautiful sandy beach. Except from the lovely sea front, you can also find
bars and restaurants for your entertainment in the area.
Platanias Beach Resort, Platanias, Crete
Porto Platanias Beach Resort
promises you a holiday experience of the highest quality and ensures a
satisfying and memorable stay! Porto Platanias Beach Resort, a resort
designed to offer ultimate pleasure and recreation, is located in one of
the most cosmopolitan regions of Crete, Plataniás, 9 kilometres
west of the town of Chaniá and 20 kilometres away from the airport
of Chaniá. Built in a sublime area of 30,000sq.m. by the sea,
the hotel features all modern amenities that can offer the pampered luxury
that you deserve during your holidays!
Beach Resort, Georgioupolis, Crete
On the northwest shoreline
of Crete, Greece, in the bay of Almyros near the picturesque fishing village
of Georgioupolis, halfway between Chania and Rethymno amongst scenery of
unparalleled beauty, and near settlements that retain traditional Cretan
elements but also villages with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, lies Pilot Beach
Resort. Pilot Beach Resort offers a unique combination of tradition, hospitality
and luxury with the comforts of a state of the art hotel The Pilot
Beach Resort with its spacious luxurious public areas and unique Cretan
architecture is set upon an area of olive and avocado trees right on the
sandy beach of Georgioupolis offering spectacular views of the Aegean Sea
and the famous White Mountains. Pilot Beach Resort is considered among
the finest five star hotels in Crete and offers services of the highest
standards alongside the well known authentic Cretan Hospitality.
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