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"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete,
a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side..."
--- The Odyssey 

From fertile coastal plains to rugged barren mountains, from mellow stone houses to stark concrete modernity, from bustling capital to sleepy hill villages, Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, is an island of contrasts. Home to around 650,000 people and several million olive trees, the island consists of four prefectures: Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Lasithi.

Crete is a different world compared to other parts of Greece. Crete is a place with its own tradition, its own character and its own dialect. Local people are very proud of their Cretan origin. Throughout the island the remnants of occupation by invaders from the Romans, through to the Turks, can still be seen, with aqueducts and architecture still plainly visible.

Popular tourist attractions include the archaeological sites of the Minoan civilisation, the Venetian old city and port of Chania, the Venetian castle at Rethymno, the gorge of Samaria, the islands of Chrysi, Elafonisi, Gramvousa, and Spinalonga and the Palm Beach of Vai, which is the largest natural palm forest in Europe.  In the south of the island, you will find hundreds of exotic beaches, some crowded and some isolated which can satisfy any taste. Crete is famous for its fruit and vegetable production. So by visiting Crete, you have the chance to taste the world-known Cretan diet based on vegetables and pure olive oil.



 HOTEL CHOICES - Heraklion



New Lato Boutique Hotel
First Class

Set near the scenic harbour of Heraklion with views of the Venetian castle, 200m from city centre, the New Lato is a popular boutique style hotel.
Facilities include: Reception, restaurant and bar, fitness centre, WiFi internet services.
Rooms feature: balcony, satellite TV, A/C, minibar, internet ports, safety deposit box and hair dryer. 



  Olive Green
First Class

The eco-friendly hotel Olive Green is ideally located in central town, within walking distance to shops, the Venetian Walls and Archaeological museum. All rooms feature individually controlled air-conditioning, modern shower and a balcony. The on-site bar and restaurant offer a selection of wines as well as sustainable local gastronomy.


  Astoria Capsis
First Class

Located in the heart of Heraklion, Astoria Capsis has a rooftop pool that overlooks Heraklion and the Old Venetian Port. Modern rooms have a/c and are decorated with black & white photographs depicting the history of Heraklion. Greek breakfast including homemade sweets & traditional products is served every morning; other dining options include Erofilli restaurant and Café Capsis as well as Taratsa Astoria Cocktail & Food Bar with its great port & city views.


  Galaxy Hotel
First Class

Across from Georgiadis Park, this sophisticated hotel is a 13-minute walk from Heraklion Archaeological Museum and 1.8 km from Koules Fortress.
Upscale rooms and suites feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minibar, as well as designer toiletries and balconies with pool or city views. Upgraded rooms add tea and coffeemaker, while suites add sitting areas and whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.

The Galaxy offers 2 restaurants, an outdoor pool, a spa & steam room, massage services and a fitness center


Atrion Hotel
Tourist Class

Located a short walk from the Historical museum, seafront promenade and Venetian port.
Hotel facilities include: restaurant, bar and 24hr reception.
Rooms feature: A/C, balcony, minibar, safe, high speed internet and TV.

     HOTEL CHOICES - Chania

Superior First Class

Serenissima is a luxurious boutique hotel located in the heart of the charming Old City of Chania, within a very short walk to cafes and shops. Situated in a 16th century Venetian manor, the hotel is designed in a minimalist style, elegantly combining the Cretan picturesque tradition with modern features.


  Kydon Hotel
Moderate First Class

Located in the centre of Chania, Kydon Hotel is opposite of the main market hall and just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. Kydon offers elegantly decorated rooms with views of the Old Town, the Venetian Harbour and the Cretan Sea. Hotel offers: Free Wi-Fi, traditional Greek breakfast daily. The hotel has an a la carte restaurant and bar (coffee, snacks and drinks throughout the day).


Casa Delfino
First Class

Superb location, 5 minutes' walk from the old Venetian Harbour in Chania town. Casa Delfino is a restored 17th century mansion.   Facilities include: breakfast room and bar.    Individually designed A/C suites feature: balcony, kitchenette, minibar and safe. 1 & 2 bedroom suites also available.


Porto Veneziano
Superior Tourist / Tourist Class

A charming hotel with excellent views overlooking the Venetian style harbour and close to the town centre. Facilities include: restaurant, coffee shop, room service and internet.   Rooms feature: private balcony, A/C, minibar and hair dryer.


  Elotis Suites - Chania region
Superior Tourist Class

Located only 50m away from the beautiful Agia Marina Beach and 8km from Chania Town.  The 20 studios and apartments are well equipped and offer a kitchenette, flat screen TV, hair dryer and safety deposit box.  Situated in lush gardens the hotel offers a large pool and pool bar.


Sitia Beach Resort
First Class

Sitia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel is situated on the sandy beach of Sitia Bay.  Only 5 min walk from the centre of the city, the marina, shops & tavernas.  The Hotel was completely renovated in 2007. 
Hotel facilities bar, fitness room, pool, restaurant, spa centre, tennis court.   Rooms feature: A/C, balcony, fridge, hairdryer & satellite TV.


Casa Leone
Special Category

Casa Leone is an authentically restored historic Venetian villa build in the 15th century situated at the romantic Venetian port of Chania. 
The hotel offers spacious rooms and  charming courtyard and views over the port. 
Rooms feature: A/C, safe boxes, fridge, satellite TV, balcony, Wi Fi internet and hairdryer.


  Chania region - Indigo Mare
Superior First Class

Located on the golden sandy beach of Platanias, 20 minutes from Chania, Indigo Mare offers a swimming pool and a restaurant/pool bar.   The self catering studios and apartments include a kitchenette with refrigerator, satellite TV and balcony with views of the sea and garden.



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