A GUIDE TO THE MOST EXOTIC SPOTS OF CRETE
Standing at the crossroads of three continents, “a fair land … in the midst of the wine-dark sea”, as Homer has described it in his Odyssey, Crete refuses to dwell on the past and always looks towards the future.
The Samariá Gorge, the longest in Europe, is an exhilarating visit. The trail covers 18 kilometres of spectacular landscape and scenery. You may even catch a glimpse of one or two endemic animal species such as the Cretan badger or the spiny mouse.
Elafonissi is a real slice of paradise. Located approximately 70km from Chania, Elafonissi is a Natura 2000 Protection Program-listed area blessed with natural beauty, clear shallow waters and fine sand beaches. In some places, the sand looks pink, taking its unusual colour from the thousands of crushed shells.
Off the coast of Elounda, Spinalonga is a small rocky island also known as the Leper Island, as it was a leper colony until 1957. Now abandoned, the island is a major attraction for visitors who want to explore the ghost town and plunge into its tragic past.
Located in western Crete, Balos lagoon is a must-visit. Quite similar to Elafonissi, it is one of the most-photographed spots in Crete. Its exotic scenery, stunning beaches and shallow turquoise waters are what make it a sought-after destination.