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Crete (kriti)

Crete (kriti) : When and where to go?

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Crete (kriti): Climate & Weather

The Mediterranean climate provides fairly high temperatures although a little cooler than mainland Greece because of the wind and sea breezes. Winter is rather mild especially along the coast, colder inside the country with more frequent rain on the northern coast and snow in the mountains between November and April.
The southern coast is the warmest and driest. The wind can blow hard during July and August on the south coast. The best time to visit the island is during the spring and autumn seasons, firstly because of the perfect weather conditions, secondly because there are fewer visitors.


Weather today

max. 24 °C
min. 17 °C

Wind: 15 km/h
Precipitation forecast: 0 mm
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Partly Cloudy 20.7 °C / Partly Cloudy

Crete (kriti): Map

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What to do in Crete (kriti)

An island with a very marked identity, Crete is a choice destination, both for its history and its beautiful landscapes, but also for the warm welcome of the Cretans as soon as you head for the countryside.
Heraklion, the capital, is a truly great city, very lively and modern. You can visit the historic centre with the Archaeological Museum, Byzantine churches, Venetian palaces, Turkish fountains, and, a few miles away, the archaeological site of Knossos.
Knossos in itself attracts many tourists: The cradle of Mediterranean civilization dating back to 2,800 years BC, the site boasts the ruins of the Minoan palace and is a great architectural attraction.
Chania is the ancient capital of the island, very picturesque; it epitomises the atmosphere that one expects to find in Crete with its old town, its port, its older Venetian and the Ottoman styled houses, craft shops and delicious restaurants. It is a great stopover, the meeting of two cultures.
The Samaria Gorge is a worthwhile place to go hiking, even if you aren't very experienced: Its length and depth are very impressive, its fauna and flora are beautiful and the site is actually classified as a National Park.
Falassarna beach, located to the west, will enchant you with its white sand and turquoise waters; a peaceful and relaxing corner of the world with an ‘out of time’ feeling...

Crete (kriti): The basics

You can easily fly to Heraklion via Athens.
An identity card is sufficient for EU citizens.

The currency in circulation is the Euro.The budget required is relatively modest, although it is increase slowly but surely: A double room in a decent guest house will cost about €50 and an average meal between €10 and €20. Feel free to practice the famous Cretan diet, one of the main factors towards the long life expectation in Crete!
There are no particular health issues in the region. Protect yourself from the sun, because, as with all islands, the wind makes you forget that the sun burns quickly.
To travel within the island, the buses are quite effective between major cities. There are also water taxis connecting the places along the coast that are inaccessible by land. Bike and scooter can both be very practical, ideally stay with the rental car: Watch out for bumpy roads and many fast, impatient drivers!


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