Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Archeological Museum in Eleftherna

The Archeological Museum in Eleftherna ( Ἐλεύθερνα ) is still a 'fresh' attraction, which we attach to our map of places to visit in Crete. It is worth knowing that even before the opening, it was one of the most anticipated and unique investments carried out over the past few years. Its inauguration in June 2016 has become a big cultural event not only in Crete, but also in Greece. Not only the President of Greece took part in the event, but also leading personalities from the world of politics, science and business.

This museum is located on the sidelines of the modern village of Eleftherna about 25 km southeast of Rethymno. It was created to present the results of thirty years of excavations carried out in the ancient city of Eleftherna and its local necropolis Orthi Petra. The discoveries made shed much light on the long period of the city's history from 3000 BC to the 14th century AD

Museum in Elefthernie

The building of the museum was from the beginning one of the most important projects carried out in the Rethymnon prefecture. Although the work schedule originally envisaged implementation within 400 days, delays occurred which caused a significant shift in the opening date of the museum. It is also worth noting that the construction of the facility carried out by the Cretan University and the Ministry of Culture benefited from support from the European Union. Private sponsors also participated in financing this investment, including the Onassis Foundation, Alpha Bank, Grecotel and numerous individual donors.

Homer on Crete

What determines the uniqueness of this museum is primarily the findings from beyond the period of Minoan culture, discovered in the ancient Eleftherna, which is one of the most important cities of ancient Crete. This means that visitors to this place can look and learn about the remains from the dawn of the Greek civilization described by Homer.
This is what the workers of the museum and the Greek Ministry of Culture say is unique on a global scale. Until now, the collections of Cretan archaeological museums were associated mainly with the later Minoan era and the period of Roman rule.

Museum building

The museum building itself is quite unusual for Crete. A flat raw concrete block with a total area of ​​1800 sq.m. it was built in the middle of a three-area area. This building clearly contrasts with the traditional buildings of nearby modern Eleftherna. Modern interiors and an interesting way of presenting collections often shown in their "natural" surroundings emphasize even more the distance that separates the present with ancient objects found in the surrounding land. It also seems that the museum has also found a recipe for the excavation enthusiasts to look more systematically here. This solution is to be renewing the presented collections collection every few years, so that people who have already visited this museum, after a few years could come back here and see completely new items.

The space of the museum has been divided into three rooms, in which everyday objects and works of art from ancient Elefhterna are presented. It is foreseen that the exhibition halls will be able to accommodate at least four groups of visitors, 50 people each. We are sure that, over time, organized tourist groups will come here definitely more often. Especially, that there are many other well-known and interesting places nearby. At the time when we came to this museum, which is only a month after its opening, we met mainly individuals here.

In the project of this investment, it is also important that in the southern wing of the building there is a center and a research center, a library as well as offices and an archives of excavations. These facilities will be available to Greek and foreign scientists and students from many fields of science from Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Interestingly, there were also warehouses and workshops equipped with the latest technologies necessary to carry out the maintenance of found objects in the basement of the museum. This solution is particularly important for archaeologists who are still working on nearby excavations.

Museum in Elefthernie - entrance

Room A

The objects collected here bring closer the life in ancient Elefthernieboth religious, political, social and private. You can see here everyday tools, weapons, jewelry, vases, sculptures and figurines, fragments of architectural constructions and coins from different periods.

Room B

This room is devoted above all to the religious life of the inhabitants of Eleftherna from the beginning of the Iron Age to Christian times.
There is also one of the most important finds in this room - a female figure of Eleutherna Kore compared to the famous sculpture of the Lady of Auxerre currently in the Louvre museum. As shown by the research, both figurines were made of the same limestone from a nearby quarry (99.73% affinity). Researchers agree that the Paris sculpture comes from Crete. For that reason, it's worth taking a closer look at Eleutherna Kore . In addition, the screen next to the artifact presents a film showing the history of this find from its discovery to the identification of origin and connection with the Lady of Auxerre .

Room C

In this room are concentrated finds from the local ancient necropolis Orthi Petra. Thanks to these discoveries, archaeologists could, among other things, confirm the funerary customs of the ancient city described, among others, by Homer in Illiad.

Unfortunately, we can not show you a single photo of the museum halls. For reasons that little understandable to us, all visitors to this place were forced to leave cameras and cameras in the ticket offices. Perhaps the museum will resign from the prohibition of photography for some time. Some photographs of the exhibits can be found on the museum's website: www.mae.com.gr


In July 2016 when we were in this museum, a very interesting archaeological trail led by the ancient necropolis of Orthi Petra was not yet available for tourists, from which the finds presented in Hall C. came. The next year was also closed on the site of ancient Eleftherna. So we still have the motivation to return to Eleftherna for some time :)

If the museum intrigued you and you would like to visit it in the future, it is worth combining the trip here with several other interesting places located within a few kilometers: Moni Arkadiou monastery, potter's village Margarites, or Melidoni cave.

There is a car park at the back of the museum building where you can leave your car.
In July 2016, admission to the museum was free. We do not know if it still is.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Knossos
Knossos

Knossos

Knossos is one of the flagship monuments visited by tourists, it is also the most popular place where organized trips go.

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Heraklion
Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion (Iraklion) is the largest city of Crete. With almost 140,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest Greek city.

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Margarites
Margarites

Margarites

Dozens of craft workshops located in this small mountain village make Margarites one of the four main centers where traditional Cretan ceramics are made.

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Heraklion - airport
Heraklion - airport

Heraklion - airport

International airport. Nikos Kazantzakis in Heraklion is currently the largest airport in Crete.

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Heraklion
Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion (Iraklion) is the largest city of Crete. With almost 140,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest Greek city.

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Moni Arkadiou
Moni Arkadiou

Moni Arkadiou

The date of the foundation of Moni Arkadiou (Arkadi) is not exactly known. According to tradition, the name of this church refers to the name of the Emperor Arkadiusz, who supposedly was to be its founder.

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Moni Arkadiou
Moni Arkadiou

Moni Arkadiou

The date of the foundation of Moni Arkadiou (Arkadi) is not exactly known. According to tradition, the name of this church refers to the name of the Emperor Arkadiusz, who supposedly was to be its founder.

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Rethymnon
Rethymnon

Rethymnon

Rethymnon with around 40,000 inhabitants are the third largest city of Crete. This place was populated already in the Minoan period. Historically, the city was an important commercial center.

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Thrapsano
Thrapsano

Thrapsano

Thrapsano is a small town inhabited by slightly over 2,500 people, the vast majority of which until recently maintained their activity as a potter.

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Skinaria
Skinaria

Skinaria

Skinaria is a small beach located along a small bay, whose outlet on both sides ends with a rocky coast. It is still a little-known place overlooked by mass tourism

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Skinaria
Skinaria

Skinaria

Skinaria is a small beach located along a small bay, whose outlet on both sides ends with a rocky coast. It is still a little-known place overlooked by mass tourism

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Jaskinia Idi
Jaskinia Idi

Jaskinia Idi

According to Greek mythology, Zeus hid (and perhaps even gave birth) in the Ida cave. This myth is the greatest asset of this cave, which is not as interesting and beautiful as the Dikte cave.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Tripiti
Tripiti

Tripiti

Tripiti is a small beach covered with a mixture of gray sand, gravel and stones. Despite the fact that the beach is unorganized and has a semi-natural appearance, one small tavern works here.

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Plakias
Plakias

Plakias

Plakias is a perfect place for people who like to spend time hiking. In the area of the town and the surrounding area, there are several hiking trails that lead to interesting beaches.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Preveli monastery
Preveli monastery

Preveli monastery

Currently, the lower monastery is still not open to the public and is not used by the monks. The buildings of the upper monastery have undergone partial renovation and are the main seat of the Preveli monastery.

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Gorge Kourtaliotiko
Gorge Kourtaliotiko

Gorge Kourtaliotiko

The Kourtaliotiko Gorge, also known as the Asomatos Gorge, is perhaps one of the most spectacular natural attractions available in the central part of Crete.

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Minoan Agia Triada
Minoan Agia Triada

Minoan Agia Triada

Agia Triada is a small Minoan archaeological site in the south of Crete, located near Timpaki, located on the western slope of the hill about 40 meters above sea level.

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Fajstos
Fajstos

Fajstos

Około 60 kilometrów na południowy zachód od stolicy Krety - Heraklionu znajdują się ruiny drugiego co do wielkości starożytnego pałacu - Fajstos.

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Melidoni Cave
Melidoni Cave

Melidoni Cave

Currently, Melidoni Cave (originally called Gerontospilios) is associated mainly with the tragic events that took place here in 1824.

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Koules Fortress
Koules Fortress

Koules Fortress

This fortress is a perfect example of Crete's multiculturalism. Located today in Greek hands, it was built by the Venetians, but is called a name taken from the Turkish language.

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Archeological museum
Archeological museum

Archeological museum

It is one of the most important and largest museums in Greece and one of the most important in Europe.

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Tylissos
Tylissos

Tylissos

Tylissos is one of the few places in Crete that has kept its name since ancient times.

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Damnoni
Damnoni

Damnoni

Plaża w Damnoni jest położona po sąsiedzku z Plakias - popularną turystyczną miejscowością

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Agios Pavlos
Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos

Agios Pavlos is a small town located on the southern coast of Crete near Saktouria.

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Triopetra
Triopetra

Triopetra

Triopetra is located at the foot of the Siderotas mountain about 52 km south of Rethymno.

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Agia Galini
Agia Galini

Agia Galini

gia Galini (Αγία Γαλήνη) jest jednym z najpopularniejszych nadmorskich kurortów na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Skinakas Observatory
Skinakas Observatory

Skinakas Observatory

The observatory is located at the top of the Skinakas mountain at an altitude of 1750 m. The idea for its construction was born in 1984.

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Armeni
Armeni

Armeni

The Late-Romanesque cemetery in Armeni is located on the outskirts of this town, located less than 10 km south of the center of Rethymno.

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Military Museum
Military Museum

Military Museum

The museum presents the dramatic history of Crete written over the last several hundred years.

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Argyroupolis
Argyroupolis

Argyroupolis

The modern settlement known as Argyroupolis was built on the site of the ancient city of Lappa (also called Lambi)

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Lentas
Lentas

Lentas

Lentas is a good idea for those who want to get away from villages steeped in industrial tourism.

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Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos
Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos

Labyrinthaki and Labyrinthos

This ancient quarry, consisting of two parts by modern times, is called Λαβυρινθάκι and Λαβύρινθος.

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Archeological Museum in Eleftherna
Estiatorio Chrisopigi
Estiatorio Chrisopigi

Estiatorio Chrisopigi

If anyone of you is looking for a good restaurant near Matala and Kalamaki, then we would like to recommend estiório Chrisopigi.

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Gortyna
Gortyna

Gortyna

Gortyna is considered one of the most extensive excavations in Greece.

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Psiloritis - Timios Stavros
Psiloritis - Timios Stavros

Psiloritis - Timios Stavros

Psiloritis (Timios Stavros - Holy Cross) is the top of the highest mountain of Crete, rising to 2456 m above sea level.

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Rouvas Gorge
Rouvas Gorge

Rouvas Gorge

Rouvas Gorge is one of the most interesting places in this part of Crete. The interesting trail leads in a perfect way to the changing appearance of this gorge.

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Matala
Matala

Matala

Matala is one of the most popular towns not only of the southern coast but also of the whole of Crete. In the 1960s and 1970s, this small fishing village was a mecca for hippies.

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Monastery of Odigitrias
Monastery of Odigitrias

Monastery of Odigitrias

The Odigitrias Monastery is one of the most famous monasteries of southern Crete. Unfortunately, in terms of popularity, he is far from other Cretan monasteries.

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Kali Limenes
Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes

Kali Limenes (meaning Dobre Porty or Piękny Przystanie) is a coastal town located in the Asterousia Mountains on the southern coast of Crete.

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Vathipetro
Vathipetro

Vathipetro

In addition to the famous grand palaces on the island in the Minoan period, a number of smaller residences were created. One of the most important examples is the Vathipetro discovered about 5 km north of Archanes, on the southeastern slope of Mount Juchtas in the central part of Crete.

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Komentarze

 Tomasz Zaród
Tomasz Zaród
2017-03-12 18:49:47

Ale warto sobie też pochodzić po Elefternie, znaczy - wykopkach i okolicy, nie tylko muzeum.

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 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2017-03-12 18:55:52

Jasne, jasna, jak najbardziej. Niestety w momencie jak byliśmy w muzeum, podobnie zresztą ja i w poprzednich latach od czasu kiedy tu jeździmy, wszystkie wykopaliska były zamknięte. Owszem można je było oglądać, ale z daleka i zza siatki.

 Tomasz Zaród
Tomasz Zaród
2017-03-12 19:40:05

Siatka ma (09/2016) nieoficjalną dziurę :)

 Bożena Głodkowska
Bożena Głodkowska
2017-03-12 19:05:41

Super! Kiedy byłam tam w 2006 roku, były wyłącznie wykopki, tez ogrodzone siatką. A wokół pustka i cisza, jak na bezludnej wyspie...

 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2017-03-12 19:14:52

Nasze pierwsze odwiedziny w Elefthernie przypadły na 2008 rok. Też był płot zwieńczony drutem kolczastym. Tu i ówdzie przyczepione były tabliczki o kategorycznym zakazie wstępu oraz informacje o tym, że teren jest monitorowany. Widać, że w kwestii wykopalisk ciągle jest coś robione. Jednak ciężko mówić o jakimś wielkim progresie na przestrzeni tych kilku lat. Kilka lat temu przy poszczególnych wykopaliskach wybudowane zostały punkty kasowe. Niestety nigdy ich nie uruchomiono a w zeszłym roku zauważyliśmy, że w zasadzie już w tej chwili nadają się one do remontu ... szkoda.

Bogusław Brycki
Bogusław Brycki
2017-06-27 22:34:11

Już są bilety

W czerwcu 2017 r. już musieliśmy zapłacić:

dorosły - 4 euro, emeryt (>65 lat) - 2 euro, dzieci - za darmo (też dostają bilet).

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