Top 10 things to do on Crete Island

Are you planning to visit the Crete Island in Greece, and want to know more about attractions and things to do on Crete? Here are our 10 favorite things to do on Crete Island in Greece!


Only 1.5 hours from Chania lies one of Crete’s most beautiful and tropical beaches. Elafonissi is a shallow beach that has shimmering pink sand, crystal clear turquoise water, and the sun and swimming suitable for the whole family.

Elafonissi is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.


Knossos offers a fantastic history lesson from the Minoan civilization. See the old capital’s relics, which today is one of the most famous and most important in the Mediterranean.

Samaria gorge

Exercise during your holiday and take a walking tour through Europe’s longest gorge. Along the ravine one can enjoy beautiful scenery and spectacular views. It is recommended to bring sunscreen, a hat and a pair of comfortable shoes.


Amari valley

Right in the Central Highlands is the Amari valley, a valley with small villages and greenery of olive and fig trees. A perfect place to breathe in the local atmosphere and to unwind from the busy tourist resorts.


This lovely coastal village is located in a small bay surrounded by cliffs and crystal clear waters. Beautiful white buildings with blue doors and the smell of freshly grilled lamb from the local village restaurant gives you that traditional Greek feeling.

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos Crete’s coziest and most charming village. Here you can really feel the Greek everyday life, away from tourist hotels and tourist attractions.

To visit Agios Nikolaos is one of the best things to do on Crete!

Agios Nikolaos

Diving & Snorkeling

Crete has a very good selection of companies offering diving and snorkeling trips. Take a tour and discover the cool caves and look at the Cretan sea life with all of its fish and sea turtles. One of the most popular things to do on Crete.


Take the opportunity to visit the family-owned olive oil company Biolea. Come here and get a guided tour where you among other things can see the process of producing olive oil. After the tour, you can try all kinds of different olive oils, which you then can buy at a very reasonable good price.

Rethymnon’s old town

The old part of Rethymnon is a place not to be missed. The Old city gives the feeling that you go back in time while strolling through its narrow alleys. There are many nice shops to look into, selling domestic products with great variety. Here one can find everything from authentic sponges and spices to liqueurs and souvenirs.

Do not miss the old town’s charming taverns, offering delicious Greek food.

Balos Beach and Lagoon

Nature and beach paradise of Balos Beach & Lagoon is a very beautiful beach and an absolutely fantastic lagoon. This place is a feast for the eyes with its turquoise shallow sea water and its natural beauty. The best way to get here is via boat or rental car.

Make sure to visit this lagoon, as it’s without a doubt one of the best things to do on Crete as a tourist.

Balos Beach and Lagoon

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