20 Reasons Why You Should Choose To Visit Crete This Summer

Crete is more like a small country than another Greek island. It welcomes every visitor with the remnants of brilliant civilizations, breath-taking mountainscapes, fertile valleys, steep gorges and glorious beaches.

Exploring Chania with my sneakers on
Exploring Chania with my sneakers on

I had this opportunity to spend nearly a week in this small universe teeming with beauties and treasures and… I fell in love with it. Here are my 25 reasons why I found this Greek island one of the most unforgettable and precious:

1. Because the water is crystal clear.

Chania, Crete
A snapshot of Chania

2. Because the Greek salad is delicious.

Yummy Greek salad served in one of local restaurants in Chania
Yummy Greek salad served in one of local restaurants in Chania

3. Because you can get a tan. 

A beach in Rethymno
No complains here!

4. Because the ancient history is so interesting.

Palace of Knossos in Heraklion
Palace of Knossos in Heraklion

5. Because the beaches are not overcrowded.

Almost empty beach in Rethymno
Almost empty beach in Rethymno

6. Because it’s cheap.

Crete local bus recipe
The prices of local buses

7. Because locals will greet you in the street with a big smile.

The Greek man who volunteered to show me about Rethymno
The Greek man who volunteered to show me about Rethymno

8. Because you can sunburn exploring Fortezza of Rethymno. 

Fortezza of Rethymno.
Fortezza of Rethymno

9. Because you can cycle to the Mili Gorge. 

Cycling around the Mili Gorge
Cycling around the Mili Gorge

10. Because the local pastries are the best.

Freshly baked bread in Rethymno
Freshly baked bread in Rethymno

11. Because the fruits and veggies are always fresh.

Local fruit market in Rethymno
Local fruit market in Rethymno

12. Because the narrow streets are charming.

Narrow streets of Rethymno
Narrow streets of Rethymno

13. Because the view from the restaurants is gorgeous.

Restaurant located at Venetian Harbour in Rethymno
Restaurant located at Venetian Harbour in Rethymno

14. Because you can feel like in Venice.

Venetian Harbour in Rethymno
Venetian Harbour in Rethymno

15. Because you can bump into awesome travelers.

travelers are drinking in crete
A great night out with awesome people!

16. Because Greeks like vodka.

Drinking vodka shots in hostel
Drinking vodka shots in hostel

17. Because the ice coffee is just heaven.

Greek ice coffee
Greek ice coffee

18. Because the weather is always perfect.

Amazing weather in Heraklion
The Palace of Knossos, Heraklion

19. Because you can pray in a local church.

Local church in Chania
Local church in Chania

20. Because you can go sailing.

Boats in Rethymno
Boats in Rethymno

What would be your reason to make it to Crete this summer?

Exploring the Venetian Harbour in Rethymno
Exploring the Venetian Harbour in Rethymno
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Agness Walewinder
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67 thoughts on “20 Reasons Why You Should Choose To Visit Crete This Summer”

  1. Very nice photos! I visited Crete with my family when I was 15 and really want to take Angela there someday. Thanks for bringing back some great memories :)

  2. Beautiful Crete! I was also lucky to visit Chania during my cruise ship life ( also another stunning islands as Santorini, Mykonos…) and I can agree totally with this post!

  3. whywasteannualleave

    I went with my family to Crete more than 16years ago! It was beautiful and would love to go back but the other 3 European places I’m most keen to go to for the first time are Slovenia, Santorini & Venice.

  4. I was in Crete with my parents years ago and loved it. The weather is always good, food is incredible and there is so much to discover. I can only agree with all of your reasons. We stayed there for two weeks but there is still so much we couldn’t see.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      I loved the weather. It was not too hot for sightseeing, but at the same time you could get a nice tan on the beach :-D! Perfect!

  5. What perfect timing! I’ve actually been looking into Crete as a cheaper alternative than the other Greek Islands to visit this summer! It looks fab :)

  6. Love this! I’ve been to Crete 4 times and I don’t think you could ever get tired of it. It’s so lovely and there’s so much to see. I’ve flown in to both Chania and Heraklion – both sides of the island are fab! We might even go back for a 5th visit this year!

  7. A Greek salad, some fresh baked bread and Phoenix and I being able to play on the beach to ourselves would be the ultimate ticket, Agness! Great post :)

  8. Can someone help please, we are looking at Crete this summer, which part is good for families (youngest aged 9), not looking for anywhere too quite!

  9. We didn’t make it to Crete when we went to Greece, but it is the island at the top of the list when we make it back there!

  10. Anu @ CountryHoppingCouple

    Those are amazing pictures, and importantly, great reasons to visit Crete. We’ve never been to Greece so far, but yes, Crete is on our list. Hoping to make it there someday!

      1. Hi Agness

        Me and my wife own a small boutique apart – hotel at the promenade of Rethymno town. We want to thank you for all the nice things you wrote helping the people to understand the spirit of Crete. If you make it again down here we would love to meet you in person. Happy trails….

  11. Hello Agnes

    I think that you, just made Create, look that much better. Everybody likes a smile…

    I like your photography :)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hi Anthony. Thank you so much! I did not make Crete look better. It was Crete that made me look so happy!

  12. Gorgeous pictures – it looks like paradise. 20 good reasons? I would only need one!!! We’re going to Santorini this summer, which is not far from Greece – does that count? :D

      1. Why not?!?! I’m going to be there for a couple of days in early July- we’ll be with some friends, but the more the merrier!

      2. Tim and Agness, Santorini is stunning! I highly recommend you go there. Next time I am in Crete – I would like to visit Chania. I missed it last summer :(

  13. 20 fabulous reasons there Agness, so easy to fall in love with the place. It is little wonder that my wife always wants to go to Greece, she has already been talking to me for a while about going there again this year.

    Thanks for sharing your happy holiday in Crete.

  14. Lourika Reinders

    My mom was there a few months ago and she absolutely loved it!!!! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Greece – after seeing Mama Mia (the movie) :) and I LOVE anything historical, so that would be my reason to go, to see the ruins, the narrow streets and the beautiful crystal clear waters… I know the men are gorgeous too :)

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