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.

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, especially liked by us, is the beach starting in Kommos ( Κομμός ) located in the south of the central part of the island. This beach extends beyond the town of Kalamaki.

Kommos Kommos beach

Ancient Kommos

A trained tourist's eye will certainly notice that in the area of the southern part of the Kommos beach, right next to the asphalt road, there is a large fenced area. Looking through a corroded fence, you can easily see that this is an archaeological site. The ruins of old buildings unearthed by scientists are the remains of the former Minoan port, which was built here around 2000 BC

Excavations in Kommos Kommos excavation site

In the period from 1976 to 1996, under the leadership of Joseph Shaw and Maria Koutroubaki, archaeological works were carried out here, which revealed that the port was a maritime base for the ancient Phaistos . There were not only warehouses, but also oil mills. There was also a small shipyard on the coast. The importance of this place is evidenced by the fact that the port was perfectly connected with Phaistos. According to archaeologists, there were at least several roads here.



Around 1700 BC, the port of Kommos was severely damaged by an earthquake. Due to its very good location, the place has never been abandoned by local residents and has survived until the Hellenistic times, when it was also an important place of worship. According to Homer, the fleet of Menelaus, king of Sparta, returning from Troy, was about to crash on the beach in Kommos. To commemorate these events, the inhabitants of ancient Kommos erected a sanctuary in which Menelaus was worshiped.

Caretta caretta turtles

Today, the Kommos beach area is also one of the most important breeding sites for Caretta caretta turtles in Crete. Every year, volunteers of the Archelon organization mark the dozens of nests on the coast that these reptiles create. For all people resting on this beach, the characteristic metal borders with attached plates describing the nest are a sign to take special care. In these places you should not put up sunbeds, rest, and even less hammer umbrellas. It's best to just move to a different area of the beach.

Turtle nest Characteristic designation of the Caretta caretta turtle nest

The presence of the Caretta carreta turtles on this beach also means that during the night hours the coast is protected not only from unnecessary noise emission, but also from unnecessary lighting. And although the vast sandy beach would certainly be a great place for evening parties on the sand, both in Kommos and in the nearby Kalamaki there is a blissful peace here. People seeking a rich nightlife should go to Matala, a few kilometers south, where in the peak holiday season the tourist bustle and hustle and bustle lasts practically 24 hours a day.



Sandy coast - rocky bottom

Unfortunately, what is a bit deceptive about this beach is the fact that the sandy coast is not always accompanied by a sandy bottom. Due to the frequent strong winds blowing from the west and the fact that the beach is in no way sheltered from them, in some areas the sand is completely washed away. In such places there is a rocky bottom which is quite uneven due to the action of sea waves. Sometimes you can also come across small gaps and faults, which are not always clearly visible through the sea depth, especially when the water surface is very rough.

Kommos beach A look towards Kalamaki

People relaxing on this beach should keep this in mind when entering the water. It is worth being especially careful when entering the water for the first time. The more that quite often, due to the aforementioned strong winds, the waves can be quite large.

Beach

In the area of the Kommos beach you will find practically everything you need for a carefree vacation, i.e. sunbeds and umbrellas. If you want a bit more personal rest, taking advantage of the vastness of the beach, you will find a piece of your place without any problems.

Kommos beach Kommos beach. On the other side of this rock is Matala .

There are also several tavernas in the area of Kommos beach, so all people who feel hungry can count on the opportunity to eat something nutritious. Unfortunately, in the area of Kommos beach, the choice of accommodation is quite small. However, there is nothing to prevent you from booking accommodation in the nearby town of Kalamaki. Along the local seaside promenade there are at least a dozen family boarding houses offering a very different standard. From our own experience, we can highly recommend this option. A large number of guesthouses offer the option of making reservations via the booking.com website.


The place of naked men

The part of the coast between Kommos and Kalamaki is a place eagerly chosen by naturists. Some of them are people who rest on this beach and live in makeshift huts and tents set up in a tamarisk grove located in the depths of the coast. It happens that whole families decide to take such a form of recreation close to nature. It is worth bearing this in mind when walking around this area of the beach.

Beach right next to the rock

The end of the beach is marked by a rock

If the sight of a naked man in a public place is shocking for you, we suggest avoiding this part of the coast. All the more so because Potamo or Potamoserma, because this beach is also called, was annexed by naturists at the time when hippies appeared in Matala. So the presence of naked grass on this beach has quite a long history. However, if it does not bother you, we can assure you that the sight of dressed people walking on the beach does not come as a shock to naturists.

Beach towards Kalamaki The beach that stretches from Kommos towards Kalamaki is perfect for long walks as long as there is no wind

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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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