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What to see & do in Crete

There is lots to see and do in Crete and a few of these are listed below:

See

  • The ruins of the ancient Minoan civilization in Knossos, Phaistos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

  • The big variety of landscapes in a short distance: the wilderness and solitude of the Cretan mountains some hundred metres away from the coast

  • The eccentric culture of Crete in the traditional cafes (kafeneia)

  • The gorge of Samaria

  • The southern coast of Rethimnon prefecture. There are some beautiful beaches, many accessible only on foot. The monastery at Prevelli is of particular historical interest as the site from where Abbot Agathagelos Lagouvardos sheltered and assisted the evacuation of Allied troops during WWII.

Do

  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Knossos - and its famous palace, major city of the Minoan civilization 4,000 years ago

  • Listen to traditional Cretian music: Lýra is the dominant folk instrument on the island; it is a three-stringed fiddle, direct descendant of the ancient Lyre, which is held vertically, resting on the thighs of the player and is played with a bow like a violin. It is often accompanied by the Cretian lute (laoúto), which is similar to both an oud and a mandolin. The film Zorba the Greek helped to expand the audience for Cretian folk music; popularity peaked from about the middle of the 1970s to the middle of the 1980s

  • Complete the walk down the Samaria Gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, at which point tourists sail to the nearby village of Hora Sfakion and catch a coach back to Hania. The walk takes between four and seven hours and can be strenuous, especially in high summer.

 


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