8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Crete sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
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Agios Nikolaos
— 1 night
Drive
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Matala
— 1 night
Drive
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Rethymnon
— 5 nights
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Agios Nikolaos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, observe the fascinating underwater world at CRETAquarium, and then explore the activities along Lake Voulismeni. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, head off the coast to Fortress Spinalonga, and then stop by logari.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Agios Nikolaos trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Agios Nikolaos is an approximately 5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Agios Nikolaos, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Matala

— 1 night
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Matala Beach, look for gifts at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs, and then delve into the distant past at Palace of Faistos.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Matala sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Agios Nikolaos to Matala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Matala sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rethymnon.

Things to do in Matala

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Rethymnon

— 5 nights
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.
Head to Olive Wood Traditional Workshop and Artifacts by Omodamosfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Rethymnon side-trips: Kerameion Georgios Dalamvelas (in Margarites), Reptisland (in Melidoni) and Chania Town (Omen Art Gallery-Art Shop & Old Venetian Harbor). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, explore the different monuments and memorials at Souda Bay War Cemetery, pick up some local products at Vassiliki's Herb Broidery, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip planner.

Getting from Matala to Rethymnon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rethymnon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rethymnon

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Crete travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Islands
Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.