14 days in Crete Itinerary

14 days in Crete Itinerary

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Chania Town
— 4 nights
— 5 nights
— 1 night
— 3 nights


Chania Town — 4 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Visit Seitan Limania Beach and Agia Marina Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanical Park & Gardens Of Crete and Lighthouse of Chania. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Iguana Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Chania, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Agii Apostoli Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Chania Town trip maker tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Chania Town is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zurich to Chania Town, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in August, with highs in Chania Town at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Plakias.
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Plakias — 5 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Preveli Beach and Plakias Beach. Visit Frangokastello Beach and Ilingas for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Rethymnon (Monastery of Arkadi, Old Venetian Harbour of Rethymno, &more), Lake Kournas (in Kournas) and Glika Nera Beach (in Sfakia).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Plakias online day trip planner.

You can drive from Chania Town to Plakias in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. September in Plakias sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matala.
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Matala — 1 night

A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), then take in the exciting artwork at Moozart Wood Art Shop, and then kick back and relax at Matala Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Komos Beach and then explore the ancient world of Palace of Faistos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Matala online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Plakias to Matala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. September in Matala sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hersonissos.
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Hersonissos — 3 nights

Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
We've included these beaches for you: Voulisma Beach and Stalis Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and Eklektos Bookshop. Go for a jaunt from Hersonissos to Agios Nikolaos to see Lake Voulismeni about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: make a splash at Star Beach and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at CRETAquarium.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hersonissos online visit planner.

You can drive from Matala to Hersonissos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Matala in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Hersonissos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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Crete travel guide

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Great Island
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete offers travelers more than just sun, sea, and sand. Famed for its warm hospitality, outstanding infrastructure, and contrasting landscapes, the island represents one of the world's richest areas in terms of history and culture. Crete burst onto the world scene over 4,000 years ago, when it served as the center of the Minoan civilization, one of Europe's earliest organized societies. Despite the island's wealth of developed beaches, the traces of the mysterious and enchanting Minoan empire remain Crete's top attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world. The island capital Heraklion provides an ideal base for exploring a renowned Minoan palace complex, the site of Europe's oldest city.