From its rugged, sun-kissed southern shores to the Hollywood-like chic of Hania, its largest city, the Greek island of Crete continues to captivate visitors. Here, Greece's rich Homeric history is on full and proud display, while the island's network of hotels, bars, restaurants and nightclubs is the envy of every party-friendly destination in Europe. Its allure is every bit as legendary as its history.
Hotels in Hania make an ideal base for visiting Crete. The city is home to one of Greece's best-preserved Old Towns, where an intriguing mixture of classical Venetian and romantic Ottoman architecture meld together in an enchanting fusion. Also an excellent place to rub elbows with the rich and famous, Hania is world-famous for throwing a great party.
Act Early to Secure the Best Hotels in Crete
The palace at Knossos makes an excellent day trip, particularly for guests staying in hotels in the Iraklio area. Along with Phaestos, Knossos ranks among the most impressive of the restored old Minoan castles in the country. Of course, just as many vacationers choose to plant themselves on the warm platinum sands of Crete's beaches with sunscreen and a good book!
Crete, according to Greek myth, was the birthplace of Zeus. An appropriate home for the king of the gods, the island's hotels and vacation rentals usually book up well ahead of the peak summer month. Plan ahead, act early and enjoy your stay on the island of the gods. You'll make memories that will last forever.
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