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Best Things To Do in Crete

You'll find plenty to keep you busy in Crete. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Palace of Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, while sun-seekers can soak up the rays along the island's sandy coasts. Outdoorsy types can hike their hearts out at Samaria Gorge in Chania to the west, explore the palm-tree forests in Lasithi in the east or hang in the traveler-recommended Balos Lagoon in Kissamos. And shopaholics will love the boutique-lined boulevards of Agios Nikolaos. 

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#1
Vai Beach (Palm Beach) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Also known as Palm Beach (not to be confused with the less remarkable Palm Beach in Preveli), Vai Beach is ... read more»

#2
The Palace of Knossos
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A labyrinth of massive columns and beautiful frescoes, the Palace of Knossos is a testament to the sophistication of the ... read more»

#3
Historical Museum of Crete
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Historical Museum of Crete, located in the capital city of Heraklion, chronicles Cretan life during the Middle Ages and ... read more»

#4
Heraklion Archaeological Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Many say the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is a must-see in Crete -- and all of Greece, even -- for its extensive collection ... read more»

#5
Cretaquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Located approximately nine miles east of Heraklion, the Cretaquarium is the largest of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean. If ... read more»

#6
Historical and Folk Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: The Historical and Folk Art Museum resides in an old Venetian mansion in the city of Rethymnon, about 50 miles ... read more»

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