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The hotspots of Crete

Last update: 14 December, 2023  ◦  26 October, 2023 by Photo from Emily Emily  ◦  3 minutes reading time
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From hiking through a breathtaking national park to fully immersing yourself in the laid-back hippie lifestyle of a charming coastal village - prepare to uncover the enchanting hotspots that Crete has to offer!

Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality, Crete is a treasure trove of hidden gems and vibrant hotspots waiting to be explored. Join us on a journey through the captivating beauty and rich culture of Greece’s largest island. 🇬🇷🏝️

🏛️ Knossos Palace 

Knossos Palace is a true classic and a must-see when visiting Crete. The ruins offer a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in ancient Greece and learn about its history. It is believed to be the legendary palace of King Minos and the mythical labyrinth that housed the fearsome Minotaur. 👑🐂 The palace ruins provide a fascinating glimpse into the Minoan civilization that flourished thousands of years ago. Knossos is conveniently located just a 30-minute bus ride away from Heraklion, the capital of Crete, making it an ideal excursion when visiting the city. Although it can get crowded with visitors, the experience of exploring the old ruins and diving into Greek history is truly rewarding. 📜

⛵ Chania

Known for its Venetian harbor, the charm of Chania captivates your attention, making it impossible not to fall in love with this beautiful city. Chania is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in all of Europe, which is evident through its rich multicultural influences that fill the city with diversity and vibrant colors at every turn. The streets of Chania are a delight to explore, with vibrant buildings and flowers adorning every corner. 🌼 Particularly, the labyrinthine alleys of the old town are a must-visit! Walking through Sifaka Lane is a culinary experience like no other, as it is filled with amazing bars and unique restaurants catering to every taste. 😋

🏞️ Samaria Gorge

Get ready for an adventurous and sporty experience as you explore the breathtaking nature of the Samaria Gorge. Located in the heart of the White Mountains, the trekking path stretches over 18 kilometers in length. Each year, numerous visitors come to Crete specifically to be amazed by the natural beauty of this trail. The national park offers a unique experience suitable for both experienced hikers and beginners. 🥾 The diversity of the wildlife and nature, along with the ancient ruins of the villages within the gorge, is truly something that must be witnessed. And for those seeking a more leisurely experience, the Samaria Gorge is also accessible by car, providing breathtaking views along the way. 🌿⛰️

🏖️ Elafonissi Beach

Imagine crystal-clear blue waters and wide beaches with pink sand - yes, you heard it right, pink! 🩷 Elafonissi Beach is renowned for its Caribbean flair and the unique color of its sand. Located within a natural park, it offers a truly exceptional experience with a diverse range of flora and fauna. Elafonissi itself is a small island connected to the southwest coast of Crete by a sandbank, allowing you to walk across the pink sand and immerse yourself in the bluest waters when visiting the beach. It's no surprise that Elafonissi Beach has been voted the most beautiful beach worldwide multiple times! 🐚🏖️

 

Our secret tip 🤫: Plan a visit during sunrise or sunset to witness a mesmerizing display of colors! 🌅

✌️ Matala

Matala is a truly magical place, steeped in both ancient mythology and the vibrant spirit of the hippie movement. This small village in the south of Crete became particularly popular in the 1960s as a refuge for many hippies and those seeking an alternative lifestyle. They moved into the caves in the cliffs of Matala, seeking the simple pleasures of life. The caves that once housed artists like Cat Stevens may be empty now, but the hippie vibe still pulses through Matala's veins. ☮️ Immerse yourself in a world of colorful murals and boho-style shops that line every corner. Whether you're a flower child at heart or simply seeking relaxation, Matala has it all. Even if you are not interested in the hippie life, you can relax on the beautiful beach or dine like a local in typical Greek taverns. Don't miss the opportunity to dive into a unique chapter of Greek history and experience the enchantment of Matala for yourself. 🌈🤩

Crete is an absolute gem, packed with incredible experiences. Picture yourself living and working in Greece, soaking up the sun while exploring the stunning Greek islands, and fully immersing yourself in the vibrant Greek culture. 😎☀️ Take a peek at our vacancies in Greece and get ready to kickstart your adventure abroad. 


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