8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  8 h
1
Agios Nikolaos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Matala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Rethymnon
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: London

3
nights
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos ©
A tour of Agios Nikolaos leads visitors through charming neighborhoods with white washed houses, squares with taverns, steep pedestrian streets, and sea as a backdrop, ideal for exploration on foot.
Visiting Fortress Spinalonga and Voulisma Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at The Palace of Knossos and Church of Saint Titus. Change things up with these side-trips from Agios Nikolaos: Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos (in Gournes), Hersonissos (Lychnostatis Open Air Museum & Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre) and Agios Petros Church & Monastery (in Heraklion). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Voulismeni.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Agios Nikolaos trip maker.

London, UK to Agios Nikolaos is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Agios Nikolaos at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Heraklion, Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos, The Palace of Knossos, Stalis Beach
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Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre ©
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre
The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga

1
night
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), thentour the pleasant surroundings at Matala beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Moni Odigitrias.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Matala day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Matala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Matala can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Matala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moni Odigitrias
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Matala beach ©
Matala beach
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Moni Odigitrias ©
Moni Odigitrias

3
nights
Rethymnon

Rethymnon ©
Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Relax by the water at Frangokastello Beach and Agii Apostoli Beach. Family-friendly places like Rethymnon Old Town and Monastery of Panagia Chalevi will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Chania Town (Lighthouse & Maritime Museum of Crete), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and St. Nicholas Church (in Georgioupolis). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Arkadi and kick back and relax at Seitan Limania Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rethymnon travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Matala to Rethymnon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Rethymnon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chania Town, Lake Kournas, Seitan Limania Beach, St. Nicholas Church, Frangokastello Beach
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Rethymnon Old Town ©
Rethymnon Old Town
Frangokastello Beach ©
Frangokastello Beach
Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach

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