Based on the fact that you clicked on this article, I am going to assume that you are going to Crete this summer holiday. If I’m correct, congrats! Crete is a beautiful place, and there is no better time to explore it than in the summertime; the sun is always shining, the seas are calm and the whole island is full of travellers, who are equally excited to experience the Greek summer.
One thing that you need to know beforehand is that Crete is the largest island in Greece. The bigger the place, the more sites to explore and the more things to learn. If you want to save some time and manage to see as much as possible, you should hire a car to take you from one spot to another. It is totally natural not to feel one hundred percent confident when you are in a foreign country, but by hiring a car with Enjoy Travel you can be sure that you will not only get to your destination safely but also save a few coins. Not to mention that Cretans (and all Greeks for that matter) are famous for their hospitality. So, now all that is left to discuss is where you should go in Crete.
1. Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
One of the first things you should do in order to ease yourself in the Cretan lifestyle is to visit Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. What is special about the specific museum is that the buildings themselves are the main exhibits as they are traditionally-built houses, which are literally hand-made since no mechanical means, like bulldozers or excavators, were used for their construction. Yiorgos Markakis and his family not only spent time and energy to build the houses but also donated their private collection so that people could learn all about Cretan folk culture.
A few kilometres away from the capital of the island, Heraklion, lays the capital of the ancient Greek civilisation called Minoan civilisation. You can wander around the ruins of the ancient city, which were excavated by the British archaeologist Arthur Evans in 1900, and see some royal rooms, the sanctuary and walk the path that ancient kings and queens used to follow in order to reach the coast.
3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum
A visit to the archaeological museum in the capital of Crete will help you get a better understanding of the rich and long Greek and Cretan history. The rooms are in chronological order so you don’t have to worry about messing up dates and events.
4. Elafonissi Beach
It is impossible to be talking about one of the greatest Greek islands and not to mention at least one beach. Elafonissi is considered as the most beautiful beach in Greece by many, and if you visit it, you will understand why. The clear blue or turquoise waters, the dunes, the rare sea animals and plants and the sand that turns pink in some spots lead its visitors to say that this beach looks like heaven.
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