Aquaworld was founded in 1995. It is home to both local and foreign marine and reptile life, including the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas), the Loggerhead Turtle (Careta caretta) and the Balkan Green Lizard (Lacerta tilineata). A visit to Aquaworld is entertaining and educational. If you visit at the right time you can interact with the animals and some visitors even get the chance to feed the animals. Aquaworld prides itself on housing creatures which have already been captured or are ill, unwanted or uncared for creatures.
Address: Filikis Etirias 7, Limani Hersonissos, Crete, Greece Phone Number:+30 28970 29125 Opening Hours: April 1st to October 31st, everyday 10am-6pm (last entry 5:15) Entrance prices: Adults 6€, children 4€
Sasteria Public Observatory, Planetarium and Art Workshop
A truly unique and magical concept; Sasteria offers a variety of experiences including art workshops, observatory and planetarium, organised walks and accommodation if required. Run by two extremely hospitable hosts Sasteria has become a popular destination when visiting Crete. It is important to book prior to visiting Sasteria.
Address: Agios-Stefanos, 72055, Crete, Greece Phone Number: (mobile) +306945143787; (home) +30 2843052053 Opening Hours: Sasteria is open every day, however, bookings are required Entrance Prices: costs vary depending upon the combination of activities that you would like to be part of. Prices start at 11€
Finikia Horse Riding Tour
This is a wonderful day or evening trip whilst in Crete. Included in the Horse riding tour is expert instruction and training on how to ride a horse, ride horseback through the mountains on a guided tour exploring some of the local villages. Packages can include lunch or dinner and transportation to and from your accommodation. During the winter months a variety of unique tours are available, some including staying overnight in various villages. A fun and unique adventure awaits you at Finikia stables. There are different levels of tours from beginners, intermediate, and advanced.
Address: 1st Equestrian Center Finikia, Heraklion, Crete Phone Number: +30 2810317497 or email email@example.com Opening Hours: Excursions and horse riding tours are available throughout the year. Enquire about the different excursion options when booking your pass. Some are held during the day, others in the evening and some packages are overnight Cost: costs vary depending upon the package you select.
Idyllic, tranquil, picture perfect are all words that could be used to describe Balos Lagoon. With its white soft sand, and shallow, crystal clear waters Balos is suitable for all ages. Balos is situated in northwestern Crete close to Kissamos in Chania prefecture. You can access Balos Lagoon either via boat from Kissamos or via car. It is important to note that the majority of the road to Balos is dirt track making the drive quite challenging at times. Once you get to Balos you will see that it is quite easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete.
Address: North-West of Chania region, near Gramvousa island Opening Hours: Boats leave daily from Kissamos Cost: If driving 1€ road access, with Gramvousa Balos Cruises you can purchase boat tickets from Kissamos for 22€ for adults.
Elafonissi (Elafonissos) Beach
Absolutely spectacular! Situated on the West-coast of Crete, approximately 76 km from Chania. Elafonissi boasts knee high crystal clear water that stretches as far as the eye can see. When you dream of paradise Elafonissi beach is what you are imagining! Deckchairs and umbrellas are available and are great to escape the heat of the midday sun, but there is nothing more relaxing then lying on the soft white sand in the middle of the still warm sea. Accessible via boat, bus, or car. Many services offer guided tours to Elafonissi. There are kiosks serving food and drinks at the beach.
Address: Elafonissi, Innachori, 73012, Crete Greece Cost: Access to the beach is free however there is a charge to use deckchairs and umbrellas.
Sacred Monastery of Arkadi
The sacred Monastery of Arkadi has had a long and at times tumultuous history. This monastery became a symbol of resistance and freedom for Crete; after conflict arose during the Ottoman rule the Cretans that were seeking refuge in the monastery chose to sacrifice themselves by blowing up barrels of gun powder instead of surrendering. This sacred site has become a focal point for many pilgrims and tourists alike. Not only is the history of the Monastery amazing but so is its architectural design, dating back to the renaissance period. A trip to the sacred Monastery of Arkadi, amongst other things offers its visitors both visual beauty and a humbling account of its long and eventful history.
Address: North-western foothills of Mount Psiloritis Rethymnon, Crete, Greece Contact: +30 28310 83135; firstname.lastname@example.org Opening Hours: Open throughout the year, main hours are April-May 9am-7pm; June-Sept 9am-8pm; October 9am-7pm; November 9am- 5pm; Dec-March 9am-4pm Cost:approximately 2.50€
Samaria Gorge and National Park
Samaria National Park was founded in 1962 and is where Samaria gorge is located. Local and unique species of flora and fauna, which you will see during your visit to the gorge, are protected by international law. Near the halfway point on the hike is Samaria village where you can see the architecture of the old houses that were vacated when Samaria was claimed a National park. The hike can take between 3-8hours. Take a drink bottle which you can refill at the fresh springs, food, a hat and sunscreen on this trip. The best time to visit the gorge is early morning before the heat of the day sets in and before the influx of tourist busses that visit the gorge on a daily basis.
Address: Located in Samaria National Park, White Mountains of West Crete Opening Hours: May-October, opening hours vary usually open from 7am-3pm, everyone must leave the park before sunset Cost: 5€ per person, with concessions available.
Since the 70s Spinalonga has become a protected archeological site. Spinalonga has a long, complex and at times contentious history. Conquered throughout history by the Venetians and then by the Ottoman Turks, the island of Spinalonga is home to many historical and architectural relics and structures including a Venetian fortress. One of the most well-known aspects of Spinalonga is its history of being the island where people with leprosy were banished. This ceased in 1957. Spinalonga has become an extremely popular tourist attraction both for its interesting historical relics, its architecture and the beautiful views surrounding the island.
Address: Spinalonga is in the Lasithi prefecture, close to Elounda Opening Hours: During summer months, visit by boat from Elounda, Plaka or Agios Nikolaos Cost: 3€ once on the Island. The cost of transport varies from each port.
The Cave of Agia Sofia
The cave of Agia Sofia is located in Western Crete. After climbing the hundred or so stairs leading up to the caves entrance you will soon see that this is not just a cave it is also home to a beautiful and very interesting church. At the entry to the cave you can light some candles for a small donation. Historical relics dating back to the Neolithic period have been discovered in this cave. Once your eyes have adjusted to the darkness you can explore the inside of the cave. Inside the cave you can see the amazing natural formations of the stalagmites and stalactites and you will also see the religious aspects of the church throughout the caves walls. This is a great attraction to visit on the way to Elafonissi. There is a small kiosk serving food, drinks and coffee at this site.
Address: Topolia, Chrissoskalitissa, 73010, Crete, Greece Opening Hours: No restrictions Cost: Free
Lychnostatis Open Air Museum
Lychnostatis is a Museum designed to promote an understanding of the unique Cretan culture and lifestyle. This museum has a range of rare displays, buildings and historical artefacts which combined give the visitors a well-rounded view of what Cretan culture is about. Displays at the museum include a beautiful garden filled with Cretan herbs, fruit trees and local flora, a ceramic workshop and a wine-press to name a few. There is also a beautiful open air cafe at the museum.
Address: Heronissos, Crete Contact: +30 28970 23660 Opening Hours: (closed Saturdays) 9am-2pm Cost: Adults 5€, Students 3€, Children (under 12yo) 2€