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.

Venetian port and the lighthouse of Rethymno

The old Venetian port and the lighthouse are one of the most recognizable elements of Rethymno . Although there are many beautiful places in the city, this area is one of the most picturesque and most important areas of the old part of the city.

The beginnings of the port's operations date back to the Byzantine times (after 961), but in those days it probably played only a local role. Just like Rethymno itself, which only under the Venetian occupation became the third largest urban center on the island.

Venetian Harbor

Venetian Harbor

It was the Venetians who, after taking control of Crete, led the port to flourish. One of the biggest challenges for the port of Rethymno was the problem of bottom siltation. Strong northeastern winds and sea currents regularly brought sand to it. The then city authorities considered building a new port, but the costs of such an undertaking were too high. The Venetians decided to solve the problem in a more economical way and… they sank a three-masted ship loaded with stones at the entrance to the port.



It was supposed to prevent sand from being brought into the port. As it turned out, this solution was short-lived and in 1882 it was necessary to dig the canal. Unfortunately, all these activities did not bring long-term improvement, and the problem has not been solved until today. In addition, this port was also too shallow to accommodate large merchant ships sailing in the Mediterranean at that time. Currently, the role of the port has been taken over by a larger and modern port located slightly further away, which is also struggling with the problem of silting.

Venetian Harbor

In the former Venetian harbor, only small fishing boats and boats as well as small yachts are currently moored. Nowadays, you can also find a pirate cruise ship here. The entire embankment of the port is now used by taverns, which are numerous here. It is a very popular tourist spot of the city. On summer evenings, countless tourists hang out in pubs.


Egyptian lighthouse

Rising at the end of a small stone breakwater, the lighthouse is the second largest Egyptian lighthouse in Crete. The first priority in this competition was the Faros lighthouse in Chania . The lighthouse in its present form was built during the short-lived occupation of Crete by the Egyptians in the 1830s. It is believed that the lighthouse was built as a reconstruction of an older Venetian lighthouse that used to stand in this place.

Lighthouse in Rethymno

The total height of this structure is 9 meters, which actually makes it the smaller sister of the Chania lighthouse, which measures 21 meters. Its structure has oriental elements and slightly resembles a minaret. Its lower part is built on a polygonal plan, while the upper part is circular in cross-section. The focal plane of the light is 49 meters.

In 1864 the lighthouse in Rethymno came under the supervision of the French company Lighthouse Company. Unfortunately, today this building does not fulfill its original function anymore, nevertheless it is a place willingly visited not only by tourists and photographers, but also by all those seeking a romantic atmosphere.



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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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Kommos
Kommos

Kommos

When traveling around Crete, it is not difficult to pay attention to the fact that most of the beaches there are relatively small and short. For this reason, people who are used to our national Baltic standards, where the sandy coast stretches for kilometers, may experience a special disappointment. However, fortunately, nothing is lost, because Crete in its rich arsenal of various beaches can boast of those that allow for long walks along the coast. One of them, our favorite is the Kommos beach located in the south of the central part of the island.

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Sfendoni Cave
Sfendoni Cave

Sfendoni Cave

Although there are countless caves in Crete, only a few can be visited. Sfendoni is the largest cave open to the public. content comes from: http://www.crete.pl www.CRETE.pl

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Venetian Harbor and the lighthouse
Venetian Harbor and the lighthouse

Venetian Harbor and the lighthouse

The old Venetian port and the lighthouse are one of the most recognizable elements of Rethymno.

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Komentarze

2021-01-25 19:08:32

Rethymno jest cudne

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2021-01-25 19:13:06

3
2021-01-25 19:13:58

Retymno piekne mniejsce jeszcze tam wroce

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2021-01-25 19:16:50

Rethymnon jest cudowne, zobaczcie...
https://youtu.be/kS1UKIDCa4c

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2021-01-25 19:19:28

Pięknie tam

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2021-01-25 19:43:55

Krzysztof Husar Wakacje jak z bajki

 Krzysztof Husar
Krzysztof Husar
2021-01-25 19:45:52

Małgorzata Husar zgadzam się, widoki, jedzenie, pogoda

2021-01-28 09:24:19

Małgorzata Husar Małgorzata Husar zgadzam się, widoki, jedzenie, pogoda

2021-01-25 19:19:33

Piękny port

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2021-01-25 19:45:28

Krzysztof Husar ❤️ moje trofea z wyprawy

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2021-01-28 09:25:06

Małgorzata Husar super! Przypominają piękny wyjazd

2021-01-25 19:21:39

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2021-01-25 19:21:54

Byłem tam

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2021-01-25 19:29:35

Slawek Kwaszynski ja też

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2021-01-25 19:31:55

Spacerowaliśmy... Mythosa na jednej z ławeczek piliśmy...

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2021-01-26 07:20:48

Magdalena Wygoda Mythos
Magiczne piwo z jednorożcem

2021-01-25 19:41:20

Byłam tam przepiękne miejsce

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2021-01-25 20:21:52

Byłem

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2021-01-25 20:46:34

Piękne.
Byłem widziałem, podziwiałem.

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2021-01-25 20:49:15

Byliśmy tam 10 lat temu. przepiękny port, morze, kolor wody, czarna lawa, forteca, o którą ciągle toczyły się walki...mam mnóstwo zdjęć, które oglądam z rozrzewnieniem.

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2021-01-25 21:15:37

Przepiękne miejsce wrócę tam napewno

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2021-01-25 22:19:16

Wieje tam niezła bryza

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2021-01-26 18:50:45

Przepiękne klimatyczne miasteczko !

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2021-01-26 19:13:43

Spędziliśmy tam cudowny urlop!

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2021-01-27 14:05:20

Urocza miejscowość!

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gość Andy
2021-01-27 17:43:11

Rethymno

Ach te Salsoteki w Livinroom Lounge Cafe przy porcie......Mam nadzieje że w tym roku wrócą......:)

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