Crete or Creta, as the Greeks call it, is Greece’s largest island. It’s surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea with the Cretan Sea to its north, and the Agean to the south.
Crete is best known for its pink sand beach, Elafonisi, and the Diktaean Cave, the birthplace of Zeus.
Dine on Cretan cheese pie and sip Raki, an anise-flavored liquor, which was given complimentary as an apéritif after every meal we had, even breakfast! Ouzo is what you’ll usually find offered in the majority of the Greek islands!
Crete can be easily reached by an overnight ferry from Athens. (It felt like a mini cruise and was the perfect way to travel far and not lose any time wandering!) My absolute favorite app for finding transportation when traveling is Rome2rio.
Early October was a fantastic time to visit as there were few tourists and the sea was still very warm…warm enough for some snorkeling to a WWII wreckage, which was reached by a chartered boat booked day-of in Chania on the south shores!
Classic souvenirs to purchase in Crete are hand-carved olive wood and their famous olive oil, which is known locally as “liquid gold.”
We stayed longer than originally expected, we had such a wonderful time, and we found the prices to be extremely reasonable!
While Crete isn’t necessarily one of the most popular islands, we wouldn’t recommend skipping it. It has its own unique cuisine, the natives are truly lovely and there are vastly different terrains to explore!
Here are 20 photos to give you a taste!