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Best Things To Do In Crete (2021 GUIDE)

Crete is the largest greek island and it has by far the most available attractions, activities, tours, excursions and the most diverse things to do. Here is the ultimate list of what to do in Crete to make this an unforgettable trip. 

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I have handpicked the ultimate list of the Best Things To Do in Crete on the list below but what you choose to do on this large greek island, really depends on your situation (a family with kids, a couple, a lone traveller or a senior).

Crete is an extremely diverse place and you can easily find yourself laying on an exotic beach overlooking a snowy mountain which might be a few miles away…

It’s important to undestand that because Crete is a massive island, the things you choose to do really depend on where you are staying in Crete (western crete, Heraklion area or Agios Nikolaos). Make you sure you also read my detailed guide on where to stay in Crete.

  • Best Website To Book Best Tours in Crete: GetYourGuide 
  • You won’t be able to do lots of things if you don’t rent a car or your own means of transportation in Crete because you will have to cover many miles
  • It is better if you focus in the perfecture you will be staying and cover most things on that part of the island: e.g. if you are staying in Chania then try to cover things to do in Chania and Rethymno perfectures rather than going to Agios Nikolaos and spend many hours on driving 
  • If you are visiting Crete in the winter there is no point of visiting the beaches as they will be deserted and pretty cold and windy
  • If you are looking to go from Crete to Santorini you should better do it through an organised tour (this one is one of the best)

In a nutshell, the absolute best things to do in Crete are:

  • Explore the incredible famous beaches in Crete (like Balos, Elafonissi, Falassarna, Hersonissos, Malia and many more) – if you rent a car, things will be easier…
  • Wander the picturesque old towns of Chania and Rethymno where you will find hundreds of shops, cute restaurants and cafes.
Best Things To Do In Crete (2021 GUIDE)
  • Go for shopping in the Chania Old Local Market (on Google Maps)
Best Things To Do In Crete (2021 GUIDE)
  • Try by any means the local cretan cuisine (yes, snails a.k.a. “chochlioi” included…)
Best Things To Do In Crete (2021 GUIDE)
  • Try the local vodka-like spirit called “Tsikoudia”, usually offered for free as apperitif at the end of a meal


The list of awesome things to do in Crete is literally endless as the island is quite big.

Unfortunately you won’t have the time to do all of them at once, because Crete is a massive island and moving around around takes time and money.



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Best Hotel in Perissa: Anastasia Princess
Best Hotel in Kamari: Sunrise Studios

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Best Villa in Kamari: Eolia Villa

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Best Villa in Akrotiri: Cavo Ventus

Best Villa in Firostefani: Villa Aura

Best Villa in Imerovigli: Grace Villa

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