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Elafonisi Island and the bay are located on the southeast tip of Crete, the distance from Chania is roughly 73 km and just 43 km from Kastelli. You can get to Elafonisi via local bus services which do regular trips to and from the island for a small fee. Many visitors of Crete island... Read more


Falassarna is a small resort boasting one of the best-known beaches in Chania Prefecture and indeed the whole of Crete, which attracts large numbers of tourists every summer. Nowadays Falassarna is a famous Cretan destination, thanks to its beaches and also its... Read more

Lasithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau in Crete is a wonderfully cool and fertile area where you will find orange groves, vineyards, small towns pressed against the mountain and a very warm welcome. Two of the most well-known towns within Lassithi Plateau are Krassi and Mohos. There is a lot… Read more


Located on the south east part of Crete, Matala is famed for its beaches in Crete. Matala is located in the prefecture of Heraklion but offers something different away from the big tourist packed resorts on the east coast of Crete. Many tourist but locals also believe that… Read more

Spinalonga Island

Spinalonga is a small island near Elounda in East Crete. Spinalonga is also known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957. Today thousands of tourists visit Spinalonga each summer by boat from Agios Nikolaos… Read more

Balos Lagoon / Beach of Gramvousa

Balos beach is at the northwestern most point of Crete, on Cape Gramvoussa, near the town of Kissamos or Kastelli in Chania Prefecture. You can get to Balos beach either by boat from Kissamos or by car, but the only road is a rough dirt track. Balos lagoon, Gramvousa… Read more

Lake of Kournas

Kournas Lake is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Lake Kournas was known as Lake Koressia in antiquity but later took its current name from the Arabic word for lake. The lake is in a beautiful landscape, lying in a valley among the hills, about 4 km from Georgioupolis in… Read more

Chrissi Island

Chrissi (Golden) or (Donkey Island) is an uninhabited island about 12 km off the coast of the town of Ierapetra. It is five km long and on average one km wide. The island is renowned for its white beaches, sand dunes and forest of pines and junipers and is popular with tourists… Read more