Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, the 88th largest island in the world, and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, and Corsica. Crete rests about 160 km south of the Greek mainland and about 100 km southwest of Anatolia. Crete has an area of 8,450 km2 and a coastline of 1,046 km. It bounds the southern border of the Aegean Sea, with the Sea of Crete (or North Cretan Sea) to the north and the Libyan Sea (or South Cretan Sea) to the south.
The region is based at Heraklion and is divided into four regional units. From west to east, these are Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lasithi. These are further subdivided into 24 municipalities.
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Heraklion consists of two districts - the Old City and the New. Almost all attractions are concentrated in the Old Town. Most of the colorful cafes, restaurants and the main trade artery of the city, Dedalou Street, are also located here. In the New Town you can find inexpensive hotels and many supermarkets. But this part of Heraklion is located farther from the sea. Population of Heraklion 140 730. The best resorts in the Heraklion region are Malia and Hersonissos.
Malia is a very popular resort among young people. The village is located about 35 km east of Heraklion in the coastal zone. There are hundreds of nightclubs and discos here, and the atmosphere of the holiday does not stop day or night. The best sandy beaches of the region are also located here, where you can find any water activities. In short, we can say that Malia is a resort that has everything: the sea, beaches, hotels of any star rating, all kinds of entertainment, taverns, cafes, pubs, souvenir shops, and even huge supermarkets.
Hersonissos is the unofficial capital of island tourism, one of the most fun and noisy resort places in Crete. There are expensive restaurants and traditional taverns, boutiques and souvenir shops, discos, and clubs. In the port area, a long "strip of bars" runs along the coast, mostly Irish and Dutch. The region's main driver of growth is its beaches and calm seas, a rarity on the north coast of Crete. The calmest beaches are in Limanakia, and to the east of the port are the most popular beaches.
The region of Chania is located in the very West of Crete. This part of the island is not yet so much mastered by mass tourism and attracts lovers of a relaxing holiday and untouched nature. In the region of Chania, there are two of the most beautiful beaches of Crete: Balos and Elafonisi, the Samaria National Park with the gorges of Samaria and Imbros.
Chania is not exactly a resort, but it can rightfully be called the pearl of Crete. By all accounts, it is the most beautiful city on the island. The best resorts in the Chania region are Platanias and Georgioupolis.
Rethymnon is the third largest city in Crete and one of the first in terms of tourist attendance. Built by skillful Venetians, it immediately pleases the eye with its sophistication, grace, and charms from the first minute of being in it. Narrow streets carefully decorated with greenery and flower canopies, the Venetian-Ottoman quarter with a mysterious labyrinth of lanes, houses of the Turkish period with wooden balconies, monuments, and minarets, caves with stalactites and stalagmites, pristine beaches - all this creates a wonderful and vivid portrait of Rethymnon. Here everyone will find the perfect leisure for themselves - dancing in trendy clubs all night long, studying ancient history, and exploring the magnificent collections of local museums ...The best resorts in the Rethymno region are Adele and Bali.
Bali. Bali is a popular resort among lovers of a relaxing holiday in the company of the sea, morning dawns, and a romantic setting. The village of Bali is located approximately in the middle between Heraklion and Rethymno, a little away from the National Road on the banks of several picturesque bays.
Adele,or Adelianos Kampos is a lively tourist village located six kilometers east of Rethymnon; in fact, it is a large tourist suburb of Rethymnon. The name of this area means "Adele Plain" - by the surrounding area: the coastline in this place is a wide sandy and sandy-pebble strip several kilometers long. Add to this a gentle entry into the sea, and the relative proximity of a large and famous ancient city - and you get a very popular beach!
Lassithi is the easternmost regional unit on the island of Crete, east of Heraklion. Its capital is Agios Nikolaos, and other major cities are Ierapetra, Sitia, and Neapoli. To the east of the village of Elounda is the island of Spinalonga, formerly a Venetian fortress and leper colony. At the foot of Mount Dikti is the Lassithi Plateau, famous for its windmills. Vai is well known for its forest of palms.
Thanks to its beaches and mild climate, Lasithi attracts many tourists throughout the year. Mass tourism is served by places such as Vai, Agios Nikolaos, and Chrissi Island. More relaxed tourism can be found in the villages on the south coast such as Myrtos, Makris Gialos or Makrigialos, Xerokambos, and Koutsouras.