Sunset in Crete

Cretan Sunsets

We traveled to Crete this summer. The island is like a paradise, it has everything tourists like us want: great beaches, nice mountains, great towns. We were really impressed by the island, but one thing is for sure:

In Crete we've seen the best sunsets of our lives!
Let's try to recreate our trip and remember all of our favorite places here.

Chania

Chania is a must visit place. It's the second largest city in Crete, it has a nice shopping area in the Old Town and a harbor with a Lighthouse. From the pier we were able to watch an amazing sunset.

Sunset, Lighthouse in Chania
Chania Port
Buildings in Chania
Chania Pier and Lighthouse
Chania Horse Carrige
Old Man in Crete
Cretan Painter
Cretan Painter
Watching the Chania sunset

Heraklion

Heraklion is the largest city in Crete and the administrative capital of the island. The first thing we visited here was the Knossos Palace. Then we headed to the center of the city and had lunch at a nice restaurant near the Koules Fortress, near the seaside. We also liked the Saint Minas Cathedral and the Church of Saint Titus.

Knossos Palace
Knossos Palace
Knossos Palace
Koules Fortress
Saint Minas Cathedral, Heraklion
Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion

Rethimno

Rethimno is one of the smaller but really animated cities. There are lots of really nice sea food restaurants here. In the center there is a fortress. We witnessed an amazing sunset from the fortress.

Rethimno Lighthouse, Crete

Agia Galini

Agia Galini is another nice town. It has a nice harbor with lots of ships and a pier. It's been built on hill which gives an interesting view when photographed from the pier.

Agia Galini, Crete

Seitan Limania Beach

It was really challenging to reach to the Seitan Limania Beach. You have to get down on a rocky way which looks really dangerous. We put some effort into getting there. But it's totally worth it. The water and sand are amazing and you can see goats doing jumps on the rocks around.

Mountains in Crete
The Road to Seitan Limania Beach
Seitan Limania Beach, Crete
Seitan Limania Beach, Crete
Cretan Goat

Matala Beach

The Matala Beach is really accessible, there is a big parking lot right next to it. I did some snorkeling here and I've seen lots of colorful fishes. The view with the yellow rocks is amazing.

Matala Beach, Crete

Praveli Beach

Praveli Beach is special because it has lots of palm trees, directly on the beach. So you can enjoy the shade during the really hot summer days.

Preveli Beach, Crete

Balos Beach

The Balos beach is one of the most amazing places I've seen! The lagoon has white sand and turquoise water. The contrast is amazing!

Getting to the beach was not easy, we had to go on a rocky way. Another way of getting there is by boat. I still recommend the rocky path, as from the hills there, you get the best view of the lagoon.

Rocky Landscape, Crete
Balos Beach, Crete
Balos Beach, Crete

Other Beaches

Crete has lots of other beaches: small ones, cute one, rocky ones, also private ones.

Cretan Beach
Royal Blue Resort Beach, Crete
Cretan Beach
Rocky Cretan Beach
Cretan Beach and Mountains

The Mountains

Crete is not only about beaches, and urban landscapes: it has amazing hills and mountains as well. The combination and richness of colors is just breathtaking.

Seeing both mountains and sea in the same place makes me think about how paradise can look like!

Crete Sea and Mountains
Mountains in Crete
Cretan Mountains
Sunset in Cretan Mountains

The Sunsets

I kept the best for the end. The sunsets! Every evening we watched one and every time it got better! Enjoy!

Sunset, Crete
Cretan sunset
Fortezza Castle, Rethimno
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan
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