Its minaret is a relic from the centuries of Muslim worship here. Plan each day with our itineraries and see the sights in individual areas. Top 10 Sights Grand Stairway The on-site Tourist Pavilion at Phaestos serves cold drinks and indifferent food, but there are several better and cheaper refreshments stops at Agios Ioannis village, including the Taverna Agios Ioannis, on the main street. Planning a trip to the mainland? Drive defensively and cautiously at all times — Greece has one of the worst accident rates in Europe. Allow three to four hours. There are also some lovely stone pieces below; see p83.
It is now a music school and concert hall, and its slender, pointed minaret can be seen from some distance. Gournia The best preserved Minoan town on Crete has a honeycomb-like labyrinth of tiny houses and narrow lanes surrounding a small palace overlooking the Gulf of Mirabello see pp30—31. There are no disabled facilities at bus stations, but collapsible wheelchairs may be carried in the luggage compartment of longdistance buses. Color photos, maps, and diagrams bring the place to life. If bringing prescription drugs with you, also bring a copy of the prescription and, if possible, a letter from your doctor to say why you need them. Experience the mystery and enchantment of the ancient Minoan ruins at Knosos, stroll through the charming towns of Chania and Agios Nikolaos, hike through lovely Samaria Gorge or relax at the luxurious resort area of Elounda or on the tiny island of Elafonisi. The names by which they are known today stem from words used by the much later Greek settlers who occupied the island long after the collapse of Minoan civilization.
The east also has good beaches, on its north, south and east coasts, notably the famous palm beach at Vai, and there are Minoan ruins to be seen at Gournia, Mochlos, Zakros and elsewhere. Make sure your policy will pay for medical and hospital fees direct and that it covers you for holiday activities such as trekking, scuba diving, riding, and motorcycling, as well as for personal liability in the event of damage to rented cars or motorcycles. Things to do and places to eat, drink, and shop by area. Once a Latin church, it was converted into a mosque by the Turks, who replaced the roof with cupolas and the bell tower with a minaret. The outside tables provide a scenic view across the Bay of Souda. £ Mosquitoes A night-time pest in many parts of Crete, mosquitoes breed in ponds, streams and cisterns. Weapons Antique The Cretan pallikar warriorhero loved highly decorated weapons.
The Minoan palace was imaginatively reconstructed in the early 20th century see pp8—11. International booths are prominently marked, and there are multilingual instructions in all phone boxes. Whether you're looking for things not to miss at the Top 10 sights or want to find the top place to eat, this guide is the perfect companion, taking the best of the printed guidebook and adding new eBook-only features. Gecko Bar, £ The Makrygialos d Elounda village; closed Nov—May Open until the early hours of the morning, this beachside bar offers a cocktail hour and free use of sunbeds, umbrellas and Wi-Fi access. Stone from Hellenistic buildings, already 1,000 years old when the Venetians arrived, seems to have been incorporated into the castle walls. Ancient Knosos Knosos was pinpointed as an important archaeological site by the great Heinrich Schliemann and unearthed by British archaeologist Arthur Evans less than 100 years ago. It was built by the Venetians, converted into a mosque after the Turkish conquest, and in the early 20th century converted again into a Greek Orthodox church dedicated to St Nicholas.
It is in a delightful old village, but the bright lights of Chania are only half an hour away. Lychnostatis Open Air Museum of Folk Culture or two. Agia Roumeli-Loutro The White Mountains rise to This one-day walk follows a summits of almost 2,500 m path along the pebbly beach of 8,000 ft , and the climate is Agios Pavlos, then climbs the bitterly cold in winter and scorchingly hot in summer. We have the best hotels for every budget, plus fun activities for families with children or for the solitary traveler exploring the island of Crete. Both are often served at festivals, when a goat is traditionally slaughtered and spit-roasted as a family meal.
Tha íthela na káno éna yperastikó tilefónima. On the hillside above Axos are a few scattered remnants of an ancient settlement. This is the best place in town for a sunset drink, with views across the water to the old town. Giros stands are strategically located in most towns and larger villages. The Casa Leone also has a smart cocktail bar. They can be visited on a day trip from Irakleio or Chersonisos. Daedalus and Ikarus Daedalus and his son, The Minotaur Ikarus, made wings of feathers and the Labyrinth held together with In the myth of King beeswax in order to Minos one of the sons escape imprisonment at of Zeus and Europa , his the hands of King Minos queen Pasiphae bore a — punishment for helping child, half bull and half Theseus slay the man, after coupling with Minotaur.
Agia Triada Because Agia Triada draws fewer visitors than the larger sites, you can explore its honeycomb of stone corridors, stairs and courtyards at your own pace. Start this walk as early as you can — Irakleio becomes uncomfortably hot by early afternoon. It is now a museum and art gallery see also p23. From Top 10 ancient sites to Top 10 things to do for free, discover the best of Crete with this easy-to-use travel guide. However, it is possible to drive as far as the Nida Plateau, 1,400 m 4,600 ft above sea level, from which there are spectacular views.
It is the oldest Ottoman building on the island. Pensions and hotels usually offer a 10 per cent discount for three nights or more, and you may get an even better rate if staying for several weeks. The inexperienced should stick to four wheels. Find beautiful spots that will take your breath away in picturesque Crete; discover the top restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can experience local cuisine; check out the best venues for music and theater. Getting Around Several tour companies run daily escorted walks, which include transport to and from the gorge.
. The data we hold is extremely secure and we are regularly audited by the banks and banking authorities to ensure it remains so. From Top 10 ancient sites to Top 10 things to do for free, discover the best of Crete with this easy-to-use travel guide. Many later moved to Rhodes, which was then still under Turkish rule. Originally Byzantine, the church was rebuilt by the Venetians, turned into a mosque by the Turks and reclaimed by the Orthodox church in 1925.