If you are planning your trip to Crete, in the interactive map on this page you can find all the places of interest that we recommend you visit and other points useful for the purposes of your trip such as the airports in Chania and Heraklion. Simply click on the placeholders in the map, or in the list just below, to go to the in-depth tabs for the individual point of interest.
However, if you are used to organizing your itineraries with a traditional printed guidebook, buy one of the following.
A must-have for every tourist, the map of Crete is most useful for planning your itinerary to discover the most beautiful beaches and must-see locations in Crete. Click on the preview below to enlarge and download and print it.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the southernmost in Europe. Crete is the home of mythology: legend has it that Zeus was born on the island and that one of his sons, Minos, the Minoan king of the splendid palace of Knossos, imprisoned the Minotaur in the labyrinth.
In addition to the palace of Knossos there are many other important and valuable archaeological sites scattered around the island, such as the palace of Phaistos, the palace of Gortis, and the palace of Agia Triada. Archaeological museums in lively Cretan cities, such as the one in Heraklion, the island’s capital, collect many of the works found in the palaces.
Besides archaeology, Crete also offers beautiful and varied natural landscapes: its National Parks, its White Mountains and its famous Samaria Gorges are ideal destinations for hikers.
Of course, there can be no shortage of seaside resorts with magnificent sandy beaches with an exotic flavor, washed by an azure sea and kissed at sunset by a warm sun.
The island of Crete is divided into four provinces (called peripheral units): Heraklion, the capital, Chania, Sitia, and Rethymnon.