Crete, Greece

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: June 29, 2021

Chania in Crete, Greece

The harbor in Chania’s Old Town is filled with cafes and restaurants and backed by a warren of crisscrossing lanes and alleys.

Crete is the largest island in Greece by both area and population. It’s the size of a small country and doesn’t feel like an island in the same way that Santorini and Mykonos do. It deserves a week’s visit to even scratch the surface and two weeks to circumnavigate in any meaningful way. The highlight of a visit is the charming seaside town of Chania, filled with adorable restaurants and boutique shopping. But Rethymnon, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, and Elounda are other north coast towns that all make fine bases for exploring the island. The Samaria Gorge, Lasithi Plateau, Wine Country, and Knossos (one of the top historical sites in Greece) are all deserving of a visit.

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