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.

Pachia Ammos

There is a place in Crete where the northern coast is in a straight line from the south by about 12 km. It is located less than 20 km east of Agios Nikolaos , between the small village of Pachia Ammos ( Παχειά Άμμος ) and Ierapetra , the fourth largest city in Crete. Besides being the narrowest point of the island, the roads that connect Agios Nikolaos, Sitia and Ierapetra intersect here. Driving there, it is worth paying attention to the inconspicuous village of Pachia Ammos.

Pachia Ammos - a tavern on the coast

Going eastwards along the New National Road, right in front of the village, the road turns 180 degrees. After the bend, you suddenly see a beautiful fragment of the coast below, washed with azure water. This is Pachia Ammos, a small village lying on the northern coast of the narrowest part of the island. At the same time, it is the southernmost point of the picturesque Mirambello bay.


However, Pachia Ammos is not a typical crowded and lively tourist destination, which is not lacking in the north of Crete. It is a quiet place with few private guesthouses, but a few good tavernas. According to sources, the number of permanent residents here is about 500 people. There is a small harbor in the village itself, and along the entire village there is a sandy and rocky beach with a total length of 800 meters. However, the widest and sandiest part is at the western end of this town. It is also the best organized, clean and equipped with a small number of umbrellas and sunbeds.

However, if you do not find a free umbrella, the tamarisks growing here will also provide shade. A small breakwater built in the vicinity of the port protects this part of the beach from excessive waves, such as when strong northern winds blow. However, the rest of the beach is exposed to the wind, so the waves are much bigger too. So this piece of beach is not particularly popular.


Pachia Ammos - a bench

Going further east, it is easy to notice that the coast is becoming more and more pebble and rocky and less beach-friendly. However, there are several benches here, so it's a good place to relax in isolation. Unfortunately, in this part of the beach, as we have already noticed many times, the waves bring a lot of plastic rubbish to the shore. As far as we know, the inhabitants have repeatedly organized campaigns during which they tried to collect this waste. Unfortunately, this effort never brings a lasting solution to the problem as the sea continues to apply new amounts of plastic packaging. It is a pity that this is the case here because the water has an exceptionally beautiful color, and the town itself has great potential.

Despite this drawback, we like to come here to watch and listen to the sea in complete peace for a while. If by some miracle the benches placed here were occupied, you can always sit in the shade of tamarisk trees to look at the sea waves and the stunning color of the water.


In Pahia Ammos, it is also worth paying attention to the local taverns, which are located along the boulevard along the coast. Apart from the fact that you can eat really tasty Cretan dishes here, the proximity of the rustling sea is an additional bonus. It is a fantastic place both for cooling down during a hot day and for a unique atmosphere in the evening. We highly recommend not only having a meze or coffee here, but also an evening dinner and a more varied meal.

Pachia Ammos - tavern


In the past, Pachia Ammos played an important role in moving goods from Europe to North Africa. It was a key port, a gateway to the inland route through which goods were transported further south. The location of this port was much more convenient and safer for ships than those on the east coast of the island.

There are no monuments in Pachia Ammos itself, with the exception of the small church of Agia Fotini located on the eastern part of the coast, whose red roof and white facade catch the eye even from a distance. However, in the vicinity of this town there are important excavations, such as the small Vasiliki or the ancient city of Gournia .

South-east of the village of Pachia Ammos on the road to Ierapetra is the impressive Ha Canyon, which is home to many species of Cretan flora and fauna and a paradise for experienced canyoning enthusiasts. Characteristically, the cracked rocks are visible even from a distance.

The easiest way to reach Pachia Ammos is by car, KTEL buses going to Sitia or Ierapetra also have a stop here.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Malia
Malia

Malia

Information about one of the more known tourist cities of Crete, or about Malia. Description of attractions located in the city of Malia and a description of the specificity of this town.

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Kritsa
Kritsa

Kritsa

Kritsa is one of the largest villages in Crete. The village has a lot of shops with local crafts.

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Lasithi
Lasithi

Lasithi

The Lasithi Plateau is located about 70 kilometers from the capital of Crete - Heraklion. The average height at which the terrain of this plateau is located is 840 m above sea level.

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Dikte Cave
Dikte Cave

Dikte Cave

One of the tourist attractions eagerly visited by people spending their holidays in Crete is the Dikte (Psychro) cave. The main factors that attract people to this cave are a rich and varied dripstone robe and a close connection with mythology.

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Panagia Kera
Panagia Kera

Panagia Kera

Among the olive groves in the place called Logari, which is less than a kilometer from the village of Kritsa, there is a small Byzantine church of Panagia Kera from the 13th-14th centuries.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Gorge Ha
Gorge Ha

Gorge Ha

Most people crossing the route between Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra will definitely notice the large crack which is marked by the mountain located east of this road. This majestic geological creation called Ha was probably created as a result of an earthquake.

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Xerokambos
Xerokambos

Xerokambos

Xerokambos is a small settlement in which you will find literally several taverns, and most of the buildings are single-storey and one-story houses. The big advantage of this beach is a gentle sandy descent to the sea.

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Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος) is a small town with less than 20,000 inhabitants. permanent residents (according to statistical data from 2001). This city is the capital of the Lasithi nomos.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Lato
Lato

Lato

The ancient city of the LATO can be found near the charming village of Krista near Agios Nikolaos.

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Gournia
Gournia

Gournia

It is recognized that Gournia was inhabited between 3000 BC. 1,200 BC and is one of the few cities unearthed to a large extent.

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Zakros
Zakros

Zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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zakros
zakros

zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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Palace in Malia
Palace in Malia

Palace in Malia

The first palace was built around 1900 BC. in the place where there was a quite impressive settlement whose remains were later transformed into the central part of the city.

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou (Μονή Τοπλού) also called as The Great Monastery is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Crete.

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou (Μονή Τοπλού) also called as The Great Monastery is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Crete.

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Mochlos
Mochlos

Mochlos

Mochlos is a small town located roughly halfway between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.

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Vai
Vai

Vai

O Vai zrobiło się głośno, gdy w latach 70-tych na tle palmowego gaju nakręcono reklamę kokosowych batoników Bounty.

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Spinalonga
Spinalonga

Spinalonga

This inconspicuous little island located about 5 km from the center of Elounda is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Crete.

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Trypitos
Trypitos

Trypitos

When heavy equipment entered the promontory near Sitia, no one expected that this area contained the ruins of the Hellenic city.

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Richtis
Richtis

Richtis

The abundance of water and shade mean that even at the peak of the tourist season, this place is full of lush vegetation.

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Chamaizi
Chamaizi

Chamaizi

At the top of a cone-shaped hill called Souvloto Mouri, the remains of an unusual building with a unique oval shape were discovered.

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Moni Toplou Winery
Itanos
Itanos

Itanos

The ruins of the ancient city of Itanos are located at the eastern tip of Crete, less than 3 kilometers north of the famous palm beach of Vai. Although there are also nice beaches at Itanos, unlike its well-known neighbor, this place does not attract crowds. There are either accidental stray tourists or excavation enthusiasts here.

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Ierapetra
Ierapetra

Ierapetra

Ierapetra (Ιεράπετρα) is the fourth largest city of Crete and also the largest town located in the Lassithi prefecture.

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Diaskari - Green Beach
Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari Beach, also known as Green Beach, is less than 3 km from Makry Gialos.

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Koufonissi - cruise to the island
Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi is a small island in the Libyan Sea, located just a stone's throw from the southern coast of Crete.

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Makry Gialos
Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos is one of the less-appreciated tourist destinations in Crete.

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Sitia
Sitia

Sitia

Less than 10,000 population of Sitia makes the city the smallest in Crete. Some even go a step further and say perversely that it is rather the largest village of Crete.

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Napoleon's house
Napoleon's house

Napoleon's house

Napoleon's house is one of the few typically tourist attractions in Ierapetra. About what could have happened here in the summer of 1798 and possibly how much in this legend is the truth we write in the article on the page below.

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Zakros and Kato Zakros
Zakros and Kato Zakros

Zakros and Kato Zakros

Zakros is a small town on the east coast of Crete, less than 40 km south-east of Sitia.

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Moni Kpasa
Moni Kpasa

Moni Kpasa

Moni Kapsa Monastery is one of the most interesting monasteries in Crete. Its massive buildings were erected on rocky, gray slopes surrounding the nearby Pervolakia Gorge.

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Pachia Ammos
Pachia Ammos

Pachia Ammos

However, Pachia Ammos is not a typical crowded and lively tourist destination, which is not lacking in the north of Crete.

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Zuzanna, bardzo dziękujemy za tak miłe słowa!

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