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.

Grammeno beach in Gialos

For the average tourist, the small town of Gialos, located about 5 km west of Paleochora (Παλαιόχωρα), seems not to be an interesting destination for the trip. Looking at this place from the perspective of aerial photographs, what attracts the most attention is the huge number of foil tents in which tomatoes and other vegetables are grown. And although it looks not very attractive, it is not worth crossing out Gialos from the list of places that are worth visiting because the Grammeno beach (Γραμμένο) located here can be counted among one of the best and nicest beaches in the area of Crete.

Grammeno - view of the beach


Peninsula of unique juniper

The eastern border of the beach is marked by a peninsula called the same as the beach - Grammeno. Its shape resembles the half of a croissant that extends deeply beyond the coast. This place is unique not only because of its very picturesque location, but also because of the juniper species growing on it: Juniperus macrocarpa and Juniperus phoenicea - Phoenician juniper and large-flowered juniper. They are very unique plants that require special care. Their natural habitats in Crete occur in Crete in just a few places, such as Falasarna beach or Elafonissi . Junipers also create extensive habitats on such islands as Gavdos or Chrissi.

A special feature of these plants is a very slow growth often reaching even less than 1 cm per year. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that even small trees of these juniper trees can be older than 300 years with their age.

Although each year these junipers produce a very large amount of seeds, only a few of them in the future will give rise to the next plants. However, even those who manage to germinate mostly dry up due to the harsh environment in which they grow. All this means that the natural regeneration of the habitats of these plants is very slow. It is worth bearing in mind that if you are resting on this beach you will want to use the shade of juniper on the Grammeno peninsula.

Grammeno - beach scheme


Sandy beach

Grammeno beach is just like one of the best beaches in this area of Crete. The perfect sandy coast with a gently sloping bottom encourages long baths. Thanks to its location within the almost closed bay, this place is perfect for relaxation for families with even smaller children who can freely play under the supervision of their parents in the sea.

The rocky shores located at both ends of the beach are also great places for snorkelling fans. Perfectly transparent water gives excellent conditions for watching sea life.

Even at the peak of the holiday season, this place can be relatively calm and quiet. Most of the beach vacationers are a group of very few tourists who spend their holidays in Crete in one of the few guesthouses in Gialos. It is also worth mentioning here that in the vicinity of the beach there is also a campsite which, apart from the possibility of buying a place for your motorhome, also offers renting quite Spartan houses. If you are a fan of this type of recreation, you can find more information directly on the Grammeno Camping website:
https://grammeno-camping.business.site/


Grammeno - kids on the beach

It's windy

The bay of Chouma (Χουμά), at which the Grammeno beach is located, promises that the place is well isolated from the influence of waves and wind. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. And while the actual, even when the weather is not too favorable, you can enjoy quite a calm sea here, unfortunately the wind can be very annoying here.

The flat land space extending along this part of the coast makes the place not too well protected from the winds blowing from the mountains north of the beach. Being here during strong gusts can be very unpleasant. Small grains of sand torn from the ground mercilessly hit any part of the body with bare clothing. Most people exposed to this natural peeling will quickly escape from the beach.

Grammeno - windbreaker chairs

How to get

Grammeno Beach is located a short distance from Paleochory . All people who go here from the northern coast area should go towards Chania. Then, using the exit from the New National Road located in Tavronitis, take the road to Paleochora. Passing through the center of this village, turn right, heading for Gialos. Grammeno beach is located on the eastern outskirts of this village. Along the road there are signposts with the name of this beach. The car can be left on one of the several parking lots on the road.


You can also reach Grammeno by KTEL bus. However, due to the large distance separating the beach from the northern coast, this is an option directed at people who are relaxing in Paleochora. Every day from this locality small KTEL buses perform several courses on the Paleochora-Krios route.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Falasarna
Falasarna

Falasarna

W 2002 roku Falasarna zdobyła tytuł najlepszej plaży w Grecji. Wyróżnienie to nie jest bynajmniej przypadkowe, gdyż miejsce to jak na standardy Krety jest naprawdę unikalne.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Aptera
Aptera

Aptera

Aptera is a city whose history dates back to at least a thousand years before our era. In the peak period, about 20,000 lived in it. people, of which only 1/5 were free people.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of ​​the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion.

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Frangokastello
Frangokastello

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is a small fortress that was built by the Venetians over four years from 1371. Initially, the castle was named after Saint Nikitas.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Kournas
Kournas

Kournas

Located 47 km from the city of Chania, it is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Its area is about 580 thousand. sqm. and the maximum depth is about 45 meters

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Aradena
Aradena

Aradena

The steel crossing, which in the central part is separated from the ground by nearly 150 m, is at the leading position of the places where the longest bungee jumps are made.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion. Word

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chora Sfakion
Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion is an extremely picturesque mountain village of the mountainous and wild Sfakia region

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Loutro
Loutro

Loutro

Loutro is famous for the fact that you can get to it only from the sea or walk on the mountain trail, because there is no other road here.

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Stavros
Stavros

Stavros

Stavros used to be a small fishing village. Today, it is primarily a tourist destination, but in a positive sense.

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Bear's Cave
Bear's Cave

Bear's Cave

The cave is less than 1 km from Moni Gouvernetou Monastery. You will reach it using the pedestrian trail that has been marked out along the slope of the Avlaki Gorge.

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Balos Lagoon
Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon

Balos is one of Crete's flagship beaches if not all of Greece. We can assure you that the landscapes you see during your trip to Balos will remain with you for a very long time.

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Moni Katholiko
Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko is probably the oldest and most spectacular monastery in Crete. It is located 20 km north-east of Chania.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Gouverneto Monastery
Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery is probably the oldest active Greek Catholic monastery located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania.

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Imbros
Imbros

Imbros

The length of the trail leading through this place is about 8 kilometers and the difference in altitude is about 600m.

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Agia Roumeli
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli znajduje się na południowym wybrzeżu Prefektury Chania, pomiędzy miejscowościami Chora Sfakion i Paleochora.

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Souda
Souda

Souda

Until the early nineties, this place was known only to few tourists and local residents.

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Paleochora
Paleochora

Paleochora

Paleochora is a quite well-organized tourist town, with a beautiful large sandy beach

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Lissos
Lissos

Lissos

Ruiny starożytnego miasta Lissos znajdują się około 3,5 km od miejscowości Sougia na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Samaria
Samaria

Samaria

Samaria is one of the most important tourist attractions located in the western part of Crete.

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Glyka Nera
Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is one of the most spectacular beaches in Crete.

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Sougia
Sougia

Sougia

Sougia is a small town located in the southwest of Crete.

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Falasarna (excavations)
Falasarna (excavations)

Falasarna (excavations)

On the north-western coast of Crete, at the foot of the Gramovous peninsula, there are ruins of the ancient port of Korikos, later known as Falassarna.

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Krios
Krios

Krios

Krios Beach is located about 9 km west of Paleochora and it is also the last beach on this stretch of the southern coast

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Agia Sofia
Agia Sofia

Agia Sofia

Between the villages of Topolia and Koutsamatados there is an interesting cave known as Agia Sofia

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Milia
Milia

Milia

Milia is an authentic mountain settlement, which most probably dates from about the seventeenth century.

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Potamida
Potamida

Potamida

On the edge of the village of Potamida grows a complex of clay mounds called Komolithi (Komolithoi)

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Grammeno
Grammeno

Grammeno

Grammeno (Γραμμένο) is a beach that can be counted among one of the best and most beautiful beaches in this part of Crete.

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Polirynia
Polirynia

Polirynia

Polyrinia was one of the most important city-states of western Crete during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. It was built amphitheater on a steep hill, rising to a height of 481 meters above sea level

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