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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Fortezza castle was build by the Venetians in the 16th century, and was captured by the Ottomans in 1646. There are great views over the sea and the city. There are mosques, art exhibitions and a small ancient style theater. My advice is to avoid the heat and go early in the evening (note that it closes at 19.30 or 20.00). Also note that during the summer concerts may take place which means that you may not get the chance to see the theater if it is not early enough.”
  • 53 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is regarded as one of Europe''s most important museums. Recently renovated, the museum brings together archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island''s history. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Amazing! You feel like being in the bottom of the ocean! You will see big sharks and meet the little...Nemo! In Christmas you even see...Santa Claus diving!!!!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Always the first thing you hear about Chania - the Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants. It is beautiful - that is to say much of the Chania you will want to see is clustered close to the harbour - old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops (some with genuinely interesting and sometimes local, products on offer).”
  • 67 locals recommend
Field
“Believed to be one of the most scenic national parks in Europe, this gorge stretches more than 10 miles to the south coastal region and offers many hiking trails.”
  • 84 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“#1 recomendation for sea food in Rethymno, really worth a try. Price 20-30€ ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Beach
“The Turquoise Paradise! Balos is surely the mostly photographed beach in Crete, a very favorite subject of all tourist guides for Greece. The lagoon of Balos has white sand and exotic white, vivid blue and turquoise waters. The sea is very shallow and warm, ideal for young children. In many places the sand has a lovely pinkish color, because of millions of crushed shells. Beyond the rocks at the boundaries of the lagoon, the water is deeper and colder, ideal for a snorkeling. The lagoon and the wider area, with rare species of flora and fauna, are protected under the Natura 2000 program.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“ A magnificent place, with exotic beauty, with dunes, cedars, white lilies, black rocks and naturally blue waters and whitish sand… The sandy peninsula joins the small islet with the land, creating a beautiful landscape. Walk the islet, with the utmost respect for the plants and animals you might come across and choose your own solitary dinghy, or sit in the shallow lagoon, ideal for small but older people who are open to playing with sand and water! Elafonissi is located 76 kilometers southwest of Chania, at the southwestern tip of Crete.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Lake
“Lake Kourna is the only lake with fresh water in Crete. It is situated in a magnificent location, just 4km away from Georgioupolis Chania. It is a rather small lake, known from antiquity with the name Korisia. Lake Kournas is a remarkable destination for an afternoon walk or a day trip. The relaxing and beautiful landscape is ideal for nature lovers. In Lake Kournas, there are two fountains with only one of them being visible, especially during the end of the summer: the Eye, as the locals call the fountain. This natural lake was created by the holdback of the underwater that comes from the White Mountains, the resistant rocks and the lie of the natural cavity. Basically, the lake is a huge hollow which is fed from the southeast side with water due to its soil.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Cretan Restaurant
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“23 mins - Central Heraklion - unique variety of organic dishes, fabulously prepared and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Café
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“Tip top!!! Mouth-watering food & Superb view at sunset time - roof restaurant!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful beach with all you like in one place. Palm trees with a sweetwater river you can swim, beach with coarse sand, a palm tree walk, steep cliffs and of course the clear water of the Cretan south coast perfect for snorkeling. A paradise.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The most important center of Minoan civilization, Knossos, is built on the hill of Kefalas, surrounded by olives, vineyards and cypresses, is located 5 km south of Heraklion and covers an area of about 15 sq. Km. The selection of the area was based on its strategic location and its natural advantages. It is located between the two rivers Vlihia and Kirata (today Katsambas), with easy access to the sea, but also to the interior of Crete. According to tradition, it was the seat of King Minos and the capital of his state. Knossos was an important city in antiquity, with a continuous life from the Neolithic to the 5th century AD. century and there was built the first important Minoan palace of Crete. This is the most important example of the Minoan civilization, which lived in its prime from 1700 to 1450 BC. The area of the palace of Knossos is connected with fascinating myths, such as the Labyrinth with Minotaur and Daedalus with Icarus. Even in later periods it plays an important role and develops particularly, as in the Hellenistic era.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Lounge
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“From the classic choices for coffee and drink, a lounge cafe with years of experience.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Beach Bar
“The Venetian Harbour of Rethymnon, next to the modern harbour of the city, with the Egyptian lighthouse is one of the most picturesque areas of the old town. It operated in the Byzantine period (after 961), but flourished during the Venetian period. The Venetians in the 14th century started major projects to facing the problem of siltation, which holds till today.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Fish Taverna
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“"Thalassino Ageri" in old tanneries area, exceptional fish tavern in a magnificent location”
  • 45 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“#1 recomendation for sea food in Rethymno, really worth a try. Price 20-30€ ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Cretan Restaurant
“23 mins - Central Heraklion - unique variety of organic dishes, fabulously prepared and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Café
“Tip top!!! Mouth-watering food & Superb view at sunset time - roof restaurant!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Fish Taverna
“"Thalassino Ageri" in old tanneries area, exceptional fish tavern in a magnificent location”
  • 45 locals recommend
Restaurant
“(Greek cuisine of everyday life). You can enter the interior, and after seeing, choose your dishes!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“This taverna, part of which is in a converted Turkish bathhouse, has flavoured Cretan dishes that often incorporate Middle Eastern spices and touches.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“You can combine Gramboussa reastaurant on your way back from Falassarna,Elafonissi or Balos. approximately 10€-20€/person”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Enjoy great local food. Not far from the villa, we can make a reservation for you. Greek folklor nights once per week.”
  • 10 locals recommend

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