For people who are going to Crete for the first time, we have prepared a set of basic information useful during the stay on the island. The following topics are important from our point of view and we have described them on the basis of our own experience. Of course, this article does not cover all topics and it is very likely that this toolbox will grow over time.
The official language is Greek. However, in tourist destinations and cities you can communicate in English, German, Russian and French. Sometimes in the tavern you can come across a waiter who can say a few words in Polish. :) Do not count on dialogue in your native language.
Before traveling, however, it is worth knowing at least a few words and courtesy phrases in Greek. Local residents really appreciate it! Especially if you plan to visit the mountain regions and villages away from tourist areas, the basic stock of Greek words and phrases will be useful for sure, because in such places you can have a problem with communicating even in basic English.
The mild Mediterranean climate is one of the factors that determines the attractiveness of Crete. During the high season, the weather is stable in the high season, only rainfall is exceptional. The average temperature in the day varies between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, although the maximum values achieved can fluctuate around 40 degrees. Heat is easier to bear when the wind blows, which fortunately happens often. The southern part of Crete in the vicinity of Sfakia is even more windy than the rest of the island, so it may happen that by resting in these areas you will have gale, while on the north coast the wind will be much weaker at that time. Cretan spring and autumn are seasons with lower temperatures, so if you plan trips to the mountains and trails, these months will be more suitable for such a type of rest. When driving in spring, however, you also need to buy warmer clothes, because evenings are usually cold and the weather can be capricious and it can be rainy. Autumn, on the other hand, is warmer than spring, and the temperature of the sea warmed up after the summer lasts longer in this period.
The general rule is that eastern Crete is warmer than western, southern, more than northern. Regardless of the location in the mountains, it will be much cooler, unless you end up at extremely high temperatures.
In the summer the sun shines very intensively every day and regardless of the type of rest you choose, you can not underestimate its power. When choosing whether to go to the beach or on the trail you need to bring a hat, a cream with a filter and the right amount of drinking.
If your holidays are active and spent on Cretan routes, drinks will be the most important issue. On the trail, dehydration can get at the least expected moment and if you do not get enough water, juice, etc., the story may end up uninteresting. Every year there are accidents on the routes when local services have to intervene and bring in tourists who succumb to sunstroke. It can take place even on a seemingly simple and besieged road leading to Balos. It is worth remembering this because, unfortunately, stroke and dehydration also collect a deadly harvest.
If you exaggerate with the sun and burn yourself, the best available means for burning skin is ... Greek yogurt. He really works!
The current time zone in Crete is UTC (Universal Time Clock) +2 hours in winter and UTC + 3 hours in summer. In relation to the time in force in Poland, this is a shift of one hour. It is worth taking this fact into account when considering the arrival and departure times, which are usually given according to local time. Remember, therefore, that when we arrive at Crete, we adjust our watches by setting the hour forward.
Kreta has a wide range of mobile telephony, so if you run a roaming service with your operator, you will be able to use your mobile phone without any hindrance on practically the greater part of the island. However, in the mountain regions and ravines of the range there is generally no and it is worth to keep in mind when going to these areas of Crete. It is worth remembering that since 2017 in Poland rates for international calls within the European Union have been equated with rates for local calls. It is therefore a significant reduction in costs for connections for tourists leaving for holidays.
If you plan a longer stay on the island, it will be better to buy a Greek SIM card. Such a card gives a larger data package for permanent internet access. They can be purchased at mobile operator showrooms, a passport or ID card is required to purchase. You can ask for parameters and costs directly at operator sites. On our holidays, this type of Internet access worked perfectly well and was much cheaper than buying data packages from a Polish operator.
The dialing code to Greece is +30 after dialing, and you must dial the correct phone number.
The wireless Internet network is systematically expanded. At the moment, most hotels and guesthouses offer access to wi-fi in the building (also in the rooms), although there are still facilities without this facility. However, the quality of these connections varies. The same applies to taverns and restaurants. It is worth remembering that you should usually ask at the reception or the waiter (in the case of a tavern) for a password to access the network.
From January 2002, the euro is the official currency in Greece. It replaced the earlier drahma, which was completely withdrawn from the market. The exchange rate for 1 € was 370 Greek drachma. When driving to Crete, it is worth taking banknotes with small nominal values. With banknotes worth 200 or 500 euros, you can have problems accepting them and exchanging them for smaller denominations. In Greeks, they arouse considerable suspicion and fear of counterfeits.
However, if you happen to have the misfortune of having such a large denomination, we will reveal a very interesting way to liquidate it. One of the local Cretans advised us to use such a big denomination to pay at the gas station. Drive the car, ask for a full refill and then press the "unfortunate" note as payment. The station employee will have to deal with the rest, because we will not give him any more fuel;)
In the case of larger commercial outlets, there should be no problems with payment by credit or payment cards. In the case of smaller outlets, it is always worth checking whether the store has a terminal that supports the type of card we have.
In larger cities and popular tourist resorts, you can also find exchange offices where you can easily exchange your buck or other foreign currency.
Greece is a member state of the European Union and has ratified the Schengen agreement, so citizens traveling within the EU can enter here on the basis of an ID card. What we strongly urge, because the ID card is a much more convenient and much more convenient document than the passport. In addition, it is also worth knowing that this last document has been quite valued among thieves for a long time.
In order to get access to medical care, tourists from EU Member States should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to Greece. This card entitles you to medical assistance in public institutions in case of emergencies and illnesses. Having an EHIC does not mean that we will not incur any expenses. According to the information provided on the Polish NFZ website, at present, in the case of a visit to a dentist, general practitioner or inpatient treatment in a hospital, the patient covers 25% of the price from his / her own pocket. The rest of the costs is refunded by the Polish NFZ after presenting the invoices and the relevant application.
Fees are incurred if you need to perform various tests, e.g. x-rays or outpatient services.
If you receive prescription drugs, you will have to cover 25% of their price on their own, although in the case of some chronic (or serious) diseases, this payment will be 10% or not at all. However, information on the amount of subsidies for treatment and medicines may change, as reform of the health care system is ongoing in Greece.
It is only worth remembering that if you are forced to go to Crete to see a doctor, you must first make sure that he will accept the EKUZ card. If so, please present it as soon as possible to the administration of the clinic / hospital. You may also need to show a document confirming your identity. Before leaving, it is worth making a few photocopies of the EKUZ card and identity card, because in cases of emergency help it will be necessary to leave a copy of the card, and not all outlets have xero equipment.
It is worth remembering that in many tourist resorts doctors only accept privately and do not honor EHIC. It is true that you can apply for reimbursement after returning, but in this case, remember that NFZ will reimburse you, but according to the Polish price list applicable in settlements between the Fund and Polish medical facilities.
It should also be borne in mind that medical assistance provided as a result of accidents during sports may be subject to higher fees. Just in case, you should buy additional insurance before your trip, which will cover the costs of such care and possible transport to the country, because the costs of the latter are covered entirely by the patient.
Of course, there are no contraindications to photographing landscapes, but if you want to take a picture of a babinki in black or a Cretan in traditional clothes, it is better to get their consent. We do not have an unpleasant situation, but we know that there are Greeks' blood on donkeys who do not like it at all, that they become the target in the tourist lens. If someone does not want photos and refuses you, better respect it.
It is forbidden to photograph military objects, which are always marked with special information boards and appropriate pictograms. Of course, in present times, if somebody does, he will take a photo, but it is worth to be careful because the Greeks are sensitive to "strangers" and "spies" ;-)
In museums, you can usually film and photograph but without using a flash. It may happen that some exhibited items are subject to a total ban on commemoration. This is the case for artefacts whose photographs have not yet been published by archaeologists or those that are currently described. Compliance with such a ban is supervised by watchful guards :)
In monastyrach sometimes different, generally not allowed to photograph in the temple itself, sometimes also in the whole area.
Although everyone likes to dress in an informal and casual way on vacation, it's worth knowing that there are certain rules in Crete. They mainly concern the visit of sacred buildings, in which strict guidelines on dress are specified. In general, it is a long skirt in the case of ladies and long trousers in the case of men (sometimes the shorts are allowed behind the knee). You will probably also be asked to cover your bare arms. If you are going to visit the monastery, if you forget about the appropriate clothing, then you will be able to borrow polyester scarves and skirts for more famous places. Nevertheless, it may also happen that the monks simply will not let you enter the monastery.
These rules seem quite obvious, however, during our travels we have often seen tourists who in bathing suits (!) Came to visit the monasteries.
If the hotel where you will be located in a typical tourist town such as Stalida or Hersonissos, nobody will be hurt by walking in the streets dressed in beachwear or in swimming shorts. There are not such things happening in these places ... however, it is inappropriate in larger cities or villages.
The evening dress depends on the place where you rest. If it is a better hotel or SPA, then probably men will need, for example, long trousers, in women it can not be a beach outfit. Holidays spent in a less formal place, of course, allows for greater freedom in choosing the outfit.
The electrical network supplies 230V AC. In general, plugs conforming to European standards may be used, although in small guest houses you may come across slightly more exotic sockets, which do not always accept traditional round plugs. However, as we have written above - these are generally rare cases and you certainly will not have problems with typical flat plugs, such as those used in chargers and other similar devices.
Being in Crete you can deal with planned power outages, of course with unplanned ones as well. These breaks mean that there will be no electricity in the whole area for several minutes or even several hours. Some of the larger hotels and taverns have their own emergency generators, and local shopkeepers do not surprise such situations. In cases of failure when fiscal cash registers are not operating with stoic calm, using special prints, they start to write out bills for your purchases. Of course, if you have the right amount of traditional money because the card payment will not be possible in such a situation.
Although tap water is safe to drink, bottled water is recommended for drinking. If your room in the hotel is equipped with a kitchenette to prepare hot dishes and tea making you can easily use tap water.
The smoking ban applies to all enclosed public places in accordance with the law 3868/10. It is worth knowing that the Greeks are a nation of smokers, so a cigarette balloon can accompany you in many places, including those that theoretically are banned.
If you come to Crete for the first time, the plates like this one below can amaze you: D. So it's time to face the truth: toilet paper should be thrown into special buckets that you can find in almost every toilet. Throwing it in the usual place, i.e. the toilet, threatens to obstruct the outflow and flood: D hence such a polite request.
They happen quite often because it is a seismically active region of Europe. Fortunately, however, their strength is usually so small that they are practically not felt.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions from the google search engine to our site. Looking at the map, it's easy to see that Crete is not on popular smuggling routes. For this reason, in general, it does not struggle with the inflow of large numbers of refugees. It rarely happens (compared to other islands) that boats with refugees would nailed to its coasts. And if this happens, the Crete authorities quickly transfer these people to centers located on the continent. So far, in our opinion, this topic should not raise anyone's fears. More often you will meet workers from Albania or Bulgaria, etc. than refugees from Syria or other African countries.
In 2017, some of the refugees currently residing in Greece will be deployed in Crete. They will mainly be Syrian families with children. This relocation, however, will not lead to the creation of further camps designed typically for refugees. Moved families will find their new homes in apartments located in Cretan cities. Such a way of help will quickly allow them to become part of local communities.
1. Public offices: Monday - Friday 07:30 - 15:00
2. Post offices: from Monday to Friday 7:30 - 14:30. In large cities, the working time may be longer, but you have to reckon with the fact that in the afternoon there may be a break in work.
3. Banks: Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 14:30 and Friday 8:00 - 13:30. File banks in tourist towns and airports usually stay open longer.
4. Shops are open on Monday and Wednesday: 09:00 - 15:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 - 14:00 and 17:30 - 21:00, Saturday: 09:00 - 15:00. In the tourist areas during the season, the stores are open even up to late evening hours. Remember, however, that unlike in Poland in Greece, Sunday is not treated as an ordinary trading day. Even at the peak of the tourist season, it may happen that regular stores (especially those of the Lidl or Carrefour type) will be closed.
5. Pharmacies are usually open between 8:00 and 14:00 and in the afternoon between 5:30 PM and 9:00 PM on selected days. There are also emergency pharmacies open for 24 hours and on weekends.
ul. 1821 39, 712 01 Heraklion - Crete
Tel .: (+30) 2810 221786 Tel. alarm: (+30) 2810 325242
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¼ Greek beaches marked with the Blue Flag are located in Crete. This year, 113 Cretan beaches have won this distinction. You can find their current list here . Some of them also have facilities for the disabled. Our list of the most famous and most interesting beaches can be found here: Top 20 beaches.
When driving to Crete, it is worth remembering that only some of the beaches are sandy. A lot is gravel, stony or mixed. When descending into the water in such places, special shoes may be useful.
During the season, every popular or sensibly situated beach grows in deckchairs and umbrellas. Of course, there is no obligation to buy such a set, but if you plan to spend a few hours on the beach, it is rather inevitable. The sand near the south warms up most often so that it is difficult to go through it, so lying for many hours rather is out of the question. Depending on the location and the beach infrastructure, two sun loungers with an umbrella rent from about 5-6 € to 9 € (eg on the Vai beach). This is a full day fee. At the same time it does not matter that, for example, you want to spend only 2-3 hours on the beach. In some places, slightly lower fees are charged, e.g. from 16-17. However, this is not a rule. If you already take the sun loungers, the Greek paying the fee will find and approach you.
A small note about very popular places like Balos, which are crowds of people every day. It may happen that when you leave your deckchairs and go to bathe, someone who has just come "obliging" these deckchairs is taking over. This is not a rule, but such situations also happen.
There are holiday resorts in Crete specifically designed for nudist purposes. Often you can also find beaches only for "golas", although usually the beach is divided into the textile part and the neighboring nudist. Most often it happens that at the point where the two pieces of beach meet, they sunbathe and bathe in their own circle. So ... who likes.
Independently exploring the island is the best way to get to know her best, so we always urge you to plan and organize your escapades. The car will be the most comfortable way of moving, however, you have to remember that the cost of renting a car and refueling it is considerable. An additional obstacle, especially for less experienced drivers, are Cretan roads. In the mountainous part of the island, you travel much harder than in the Polish lowlands. However, if you feel confident behind the wheel, it is worth to rent a car, get a good map and guide and boldly hit the road!
If you do not want to or can not rent a car it does not mean that you have to say goodbye to plans to explore Crete. It is worth knowing that KTEL operates here, with comfortable coaches you can reach in many places. You just need to remember to check bus departure tables carefully and plan your trip well in advance. In remote places buses run rarely (1-2 times a day), and sometimes it is necessary to make a change. More about KTEL - you can read in this article . Currently, most coaches operate wi-fi.
Along the significant part of the coast of Crete, there are also ferries sailing, thanks to which you can get to many nice places (especially in the south of Crete). These connections allow you to plan a lot of interesting trips. Sailing hours are available on the internet, so you can check them before you leave Poland. It's worth knowing that the number of cruises and hourly tables are different in the case of summer months and others in winter. Planning should therefore wait until the summer "timetables" appear.
Along the part of the southern coast of Crete, ANENDYK ferries sail regularly, thanks to which you can get to many several places on the island. These connections allow you to plan a lot of interesting trips. The number of cruises and hour tables are different in the case of summer months and others in winter, so detailed planning can only start after the publication of current schedules.
ANENDYK offers cruises on two main directions: Paleochora - Sougia - Agia Roumeli and Chora Sfakion - Loutro - Agia Roumeli. Additionally, on certain days from these ports it is possible to sail to the island of Gavdos located south of Crete. In the spring and autumn months, it should also be taken into account that in the absence of proper weather, ferries may be temporarily suspended.
Connections serving the return of tourists from the Samaria Gorge are synchronized with the departure of KTEL buses. In each of the towns (Sougia, Paleochora and Chora Sfakion) the driver completing the course leaves only after the ferry arrives.
This year in April, the afternoon cruise of the ferry from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion (via Loutro) will be carried out at 17, while from May the departure time will be moved to 17.30. The same timetable will apply on the Agia Roumeli - Sougia - Paleochora route.
On a rather dense network of connections can also count those who would like to get from Chora Sfakion to Loutro. In this summer season, seven connections will be available on both sides. However, some of them will only take pedestrians on board. The big advantage of this connection is a much lower price compared to private cruises costing even 20 € per person. The cost of a single ferry ticket ANENDYK on this route is just 6 €.
Gas stations are usually open 7 days a week from 7:00 to 21:00, although some points are closed on Sundays. Typical types of fuel are available. It is forbidden to carry fuel in canisters, so before going to remote mountain areas where petrol stations are rare, make sure you have a full tank.
It is also worth knowing that there is no self-service at Cretan stations, so after approaching the distributor, an employee approaches immediately, to whom you only give the amount for which you want to buy fuel.
Gasoline is much more expensive than in Poland. The price per unleaded liter ranges from 1.5 €.
There are not many surprises in this matter, because most international traffic regulations apply here. The traffic is right-handed, we ride in safety belts, and if we are driving a scooter, quad bike or a motorcycle, we must put on a helmet. Children must ride in car seats. Up to the age of 13, children can not ride in the front seats. Calls made by mobile phones are only allowed by loudspeakers.
Driving the New National Road, breaking the speed limit can end with a ticket, because for several years the police have begun a battle with road pirates. Checks are quite frequent and it is worth knowing that for tourists generally there is no reduced fare when it comes to breaking the rules. Radars have been operating since 2014, and the mandator's downloadability has increased significantly. So if you already get a ticket for an offense, it is better to pay it without unnecessary delay.
During the tourist season, the police like to make raids on tourist resorts and without mercy then issue fines for all kinds of offenses.
During the day, do not turn on the dipped beam, we only run it in after dark and in tunnels. The maximum allowable concentration of alcohol in blood is slightly more than in Poland, because 0.5 per mille.
Speed limit on the national road is 90 km / h, on the national: 70-90 km / h, in the built-up area: 50 km / h.
You can find more information about moving around Cretan roads in a separate article .
When planning your stay in Crete, you can choose from offers of various types of boarding houses, private accommodation and a very rich hotel base. The vast majority of hotels are located in towns along the more popular northern coast of Crete. Depending on the cost of the day, hotels offer a very diverse range and quality of services. There is no shortage of cheap, simple offers in two-star hotels, as well as among the much more expensive big five-star "self-sufficient spa" SPAs, which also offer many additional attractions in the price of the hotel day. The offer is so varied at the moment that practically everyone will be able to choose a hotel that will meet his requirements - of course, taking into account the wealth of the portfolio.
Those who plan an individual stay in Crete should look for and book accommodation in advance. In a large part of popular cities finding free rooms in such months as July or August can be a very difficult task. This dependence also applies to the southern coast, where, for example, accommodation in Loutro must be booked at the latest in January.
When organizing an individual trip it is worth remembering that offers in private guest houses with good opinions disappear, so planning and reservations should start several months before the holidays. Of course later, you can also book your accommodation, however, as the high season approaches, expensive or weaker offers become available. When browsing accommodation offers, booking.com type search engines will be very helpful, simple and friendly tools with an extensive client rating system and their reviews.
At the end, words about the standard of hotels in Crete. As in Greece, there is a slightly different system for awarding hotel stars. It is worth getting acquainted with this system to avoid surprises on the spot, because the standard of those hotels rated at three or four stars will be noticeably lower than Polish hotels with a similar rating. Hotel rating system
From 2018, so-called residency fees. The new tax is obligatory and the rates charged will depend on the standard of the hotel or private apartment. According to the new regulations, the rates of the tourist tax for hotels are as follows:
According to the latest sources in the case of boarding houses, there will be one rate and it will be 0.5 € per day. The new tax is to be charged from the room (not from the person). In 2018, this tax will be paid at the time of the registration. You can find more information about this tax in our news Residential tax in Greece .
Cretan and Greek cuisine is one of the healthiest and most delicious. The quality and freshness of local products is a recipe for tasty but generally simple dishes. However, to try real local cuisine is not enough to go anywhere.
In tourist towns you will most often come across pubs, where there are also Cretan dishes, but most often they do not taste as good as they should. In addition, the choice of local cuisine is usually limited to the most famous and popular. Eat here moussaka or souvlaki but horta or octopus in wine no longer.
To eat well, look for a tavern far from the tourist hustle and bustle. Of course, local residents know good places only they will keep this knowledge for themselves ;-)
However, if you want to look for such a place in big cities, in our opinion you have to leave the port and the main tourist attractions. Going deeper into the lesser-known streets you will find good taverns (ταβέρνα), which are often quite inconspicuous and have a somewhat unleavened appearance (eg chairs not from steam ;-)). It is in such places that it is usually tastier and cheaper ... You can also look where the locals sit, but do not be suggested to choose young Greeks, because they often prefer modern local fast food.
In small non-tourist towns and villages there are much better taverns, and the food served is much more delicious. Local residents eat in them, so the quality of food must be just good. In complete "holes" it can happen that there will be no menu and the choice will be limited to 2-3 dishes that the cook has prepared at the moment.
If you want to eat fish, you should look for a special kind of tavern, so-called. psarotaverine Ψαροταβέρνα, or fish tavern. However, you should get ready for a bigger expense, because fresh fish are expensive.
Cretans like to sit in the so-called ouzeri, where the local ouzo liquor is served along with small snacks ie meze. The second favorite place, especially older men, is kafeneío (καφενείο), which can be compared to cafes where traditional Greek coffee ellinikó kafe (ελληνικό καφέ) is served with a glass of water. Cretans love to spend long hours here, during which time slowly sip their coffee alternately with water. It is in such places that hot political, sport and life discussions take place. Kαφενείο are therefore an important part of social life. We have not noticed ladies in such places, because these premises are intended for men.
In taverns, restaurants or taxis, tips of 5-10% of the bill are welcome. If you are satisfied with the quality of the meal and the quality of service, think about leaving a few small coins, corresponding to this value.
Crete is full of museums and archaeological sites, most of which must be purchased an admission ticket. There are still a few places to which entry is free, however, each year their number decreases. Until recently, the cost of sightseeing was low, unfortunately from 1 April 2016, the prices of admission tickets to the most famous places increased significantly. The largest increases in prices were recorded by key places such as the Knossos palace, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, or the admission ticket to the leper island, or Spinalonga. The list of the most important changes you will find in this news:
Current price list of admission to museums and excavations
Most of the inhabitants of Crete are of the Orthodox faith. This is a very religious community, so on the island you will find a lot of big churches and countless small churches and chapels that can be found on beaches, gorges, caves or on mountain peaks. It happens that they are built under the surrounding rocks, to which they are as if "glued". In some such places Cretans gather once a year on the occasion of a local holiday. On a daily basis, local residents take care of them. Most often you can enter them, because the role of the lock can be used, for example, a bent nail.
Large monasteries can also be visited, which, however, involves the payment of an appropriate fee and the necessity to keep the rules of a modest outfit. In the area of monasteries you can sometimes take pictures and sometimes not. The rules are set by monks. It is also worth knowing that each monastery has set admission times for visitors. If you plan to visit such a place, check the opening hours first.
Crete is quite a large island, so interesting and beautiful places are scattered practically all over its surface. If you are going there for the first time it is difficult to choose and see all the major attractions. Their availability is also limited by the location of your hotel and the time and financial resources you want to spend on sightseeing. Renting a car for a few days means that you should select them carefully when choosing destinations. In order not to get lost in the maze of possibilities, we chose 12 different most important and most visited places on the whole island. This must-see does not mean that you have to see all these places during one trip. Top 12 is just the basis, inspiration and facilitation to plan your vacations.
We suggest choosing these places, which are located a short distance from the hotel. Additional suggestions for less popular and less known places can be found on our map and in the index of interesting places . It is constantly being supplemented by us, we create it based on our experience.
Crete (gr: Κρήτη ) is the largest Greek island and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. In spite of the strong ties that connect Crete with continental Greece, this island has retained its separate language dialect and local cultural traditions up to the present day. The distinction should also be expressed by the fact that the majority of the inhabitants asked for their descent will in the first place say that they are Cretans, and only then will they describe themselves as Greeks.
As a result of the administrative reform in 1987, Crete was separated as one of the 13 regions of Greece. Another administrative reform carried out in 2011 reduced the number of regions to 7, however, the status of Crete remained as a separate region. The island's largest city is Heraklion, which also serves as the capital. Crete is divided into four nomosos (prefectures): Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi (with the capital in Agios Nikolaos). Stavros Arnaoutakis (Panhelle Socialist Movement) has been the governor of this region since January 2011.
The most important cities:
Charter flights are quite a comfortable and the most common way to travel to Crete. At the moment, the most popular companies implementing this type of connections from Poland are:
Air traffic in Crete is served by three airports, with only the two largest serving the main traffic from outside Greece. The most important airports in Crete are:
The construction of a new international airport in Kastelli (next to the already existing military airport) has also been under consideration for a long time. Due to the problems with financing, and thus also the problems with obtaining funding from the European Union, this investment is only in the sphere of far-reaching plans.
People who want to get to Crete with their own car will have to use the ferry. Currently, the most frequently chosen connections are flights from Italy (Venice) and mainland Greece (Piraeus). The ports located in Heraklion and in Chania (Souda) play a dominant role in servicing this type of transport. The most popular shipowners operating on these routes are:
Crete is the largest Greek island and the fifth largest island of the Mediterranean. In spite of the strong ties that connect Crete with continental Greece, this island has retained its separate language dialect and local cultural traditions up to the present day. The distinction should also be expressed by the fact that the majority of the inhabitants asked for their descent will in the first place say that they are Cretans, and only then will they describe themselves as Greeks.
When in 2008 we went to Crete for the first time, we did not think that this island would enter our life so much, changing it even from the kitchen. Since then, along its roads, we have driven a total of over 6.5 thousand kilometers, we went several dozen kilometers on footpaths and visited several places using local public transport. Over the two months that we spent together in this cradle of civilization, we traveled this island along the length and breadth of sightseeing not only the most famous and described places in guidebooks, but also those mentioned by only a few sources.