If you caught my Where to Stay guide to Crete, then you probably already know how desperately I’m in love with this island. It was undoubtedly my favourite island out of all that we visited and I literally could’ve happily spent weeks there. In my opinion, Crete has it all: stunning mountainous scenery, warm sandy beaches and incredible architecture (not to mention the most incredible food, history and people, more on that in a separate post!). But for now, I’m giving you all the must-see’s for when you book your ticket to Crete (and you must at least once in your life!). Read on to get my full Crete itinerary!
A 30 minute drive (which is stunning in its own right if you can tear your eyes away from the kind of interesting, rocky road) and a 30 minute trek (definitely wear sneakers) will bring you to the most shockingly beautiful lagoon ever. This protected space has incredible beaches bordering it on two sides, lovely beach chairs and a canteen to snack from, but best of all, it has the most incredible turquoise water all around it and the most amazing view on the hike down. It’s an absolute must.
The beautiful Venetian port city of Chania is honestly beyond picturesque. Really clear out time to get lost wandering around the maze of Venetian streets (you’ll want tons of time to snap pictures), to check out the Venetian lighthouse and to have a cappuccino freddo while sitting in the port. It’s definitely worth a full day and you’ll completely fall in love with the town.
Olive Tree of Vouves
Right near where we were staying at Villa Sofia was the oldest surviving olive tree in the world, which still actively produces olives. You can crawl right into the tree and look straight up, skipping over the olive pits littered all around it. I think as a Canadian (i.e. coming from a really new country with relatively little history), it really messed me up mentally (in a good way!) to think about all the history that’s happened around this tree that’s 4000 years old. The museum is an absolute must as well—you’ll learn so much. Take some time to walk around the village too as you’ll get the most beautiful view of the orange and olive trees that literally take up Crete. It’s so beautiful.
This one you’ve probably heard of! Crete’s famous pink sand beach, which is both beautiful and a great place to hang out and swim at. A bit busier than some of the other beaches but it’s definitely worth seeing and checking out the sand in person.
And finally, I saved the best for last! Matt and I loved it here so much we came twice. It’s really just such a calm, beautiful beach, much quieter than some of the others and we were really lucky to go there on a calm day, so we could really get a sense of just how crystal clear the waters were. While you really need to see all the beaches listed here, this one in particular was special for us, and we saw the most spectacular sunsets here.
Also, Falasarna is right near one of our favourite culinary experiences—stay tuned for all the deets in next week’s where to eat post! Happy Friday lovelies!