The beaches and seas are definitely among the most popular tourist attractions in Crete, but there is more to the island than that. The land is actually full of diverse attractions, both natural and man-made.
The island can be found between the Libyan Sea and the Sea of Crete in the Mediterranean. The airport in Athens has flights to the island daily. If you want to travel by boat, you can use the ferry service from Piraeus to Heraklion. There are also ferry services from Thessaloniki and the Cyclades to Heraklion.
What to See
The Vai beach is a popular destination thanks to the palm trees lining it. The Lasithi Plateau is situated in the mountains and is a favorite destination of hikers. The main attraction here is the Cave of Zeus where the god was hidden as an infant.
The Crete Avril Mona Mountain on the other hand, is one of the most remarkable historical sites on the island. Not to be missed either are the archaeological remains at Knossos. The Heraklion Museum is also one of the major tourist attractions in Crete.
The island used to be the focal point of the Minoan civilization which flourished from 2600-1150 B.C. The eruption of the Santorini volcano in 1450 B.C. had a devastating impact on the Minoans. The island was able to recover, but by the Late Bronze Age, the Mycenaeans had begun to reign supreme. From 69-330, the land was invaded by Rome.
The island also figures in Greek mythology. Minos, its ruler, would not allow bulls to be sacrificed to the Greek deities. As punishment, the gods made his wife fall in love with a bull. Their offspring would be the famous Minotaur.
Airfares will vary depending on where you come from. Tour costs around the island range from 23 Euros to 60 Euros per person. 60 Euros is also the typical cost for diving lessons. A jeep safari will cost 50 Euros while a fishing trip costs 33 Euros.
Lasithi is another popular destination thanks to its numerous caves and ancient religious centers. Gortyna is an old city famous for its Roman ruins. If you visit in May, you will get the chance to see the commemoration of the Battle of Crete.
Gramvousa is another one of the many tourist attractions in Crete. It is an island renowned for its beaches and the ancient fortress. Zakros Gorge is an ancient site known for the burial tombs.