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The largest island in Greece, cosmopolitan & with a tremendous amount to offer.
More than an island, Crete is almost a country in its own right. It is the largest island in Greece and offers a varied landscape and atmosphere. This is a cosmopolitan island and the Cretans are a friendly and welcoming people. Being so large, it has a tremendous amount to offer, gorgeous beaches, stunning mountain scenery, historical sites and interesting cities.
As Crete is so far south, it has the benefit of having a long summer. The season lasts from April until the end of October.
There are some small beaches around Elounda and some wonderful snorkelling opportunities nearby. The water is crystal clear and there are sunken ruins.
There are pebbly beaches further north of Elounda towards Plakka and there is the Elounda Palace beach mentioned above. A drive down to the south of the island to the Libyan Sea is worth it for the lovely sandy beaches such as at Makryialos and others towards Ierapetra.
A longer trip is east of Elounda to Sitia and then on to the famous Vai beach with its palm grove and fine sands.
As Crete is such large island and our properties are in the East of the island, we will concentrate on this area. A trip to the famous site of Knossos, just outside Iraklion is highly recommended. These are the ruins of the court of the legendary King Minos.
Our villas on Crete are located in the East of the island near the village of Plakka which is very unspoilt and from here you can take a boat over to the mysterious islet of Spinalonga.
The nerby resort of Aghios Nikolaos is a major tourist destination. However, it has a lively centre and some nice restaurants and boutiques. There is a 'bottomless lake' around which are clustered many cafes and is very picturesque.
It is well worth taking a drive into the mountains, especially to the Lasithi Peninsula, which is very dramatic on a clear day. There are many unspoilt villages and opportunities to explore caves.