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Destination Crete

Stroll through dreamy old towns on Crete and experience the magic of history first hand

Which cities in Crete have a beautiful old town? Find out here, as the old towns of Crete should not be missed during your holidays!

The island does not only impress with its white sandy beaches, the exciting nightlife and a unique landscape. Here you can dive into other epochs of European history like in hardly any other place. Embedded in historical city walls and modern buildings are old towns that have retained their old charm thanks to the careful care of their inhabitants. Go on a search for traces through the old towns of the cosmopolitan island, no matter whether you prefer to spend your holiday on the beach or whether the incomparable nature of the island has captivated you: The old towns of Crete should really not be missed during your holiday!


The Venice of Crete: the old town of Chania

In the west of Crete, only a few kilometres away from the White Mountains, the old town of Chania awaits you with its romantic Venetian harbour. This unique scenery consists of the old lighthouse, the Firkas fortress, the mosque with the large white dome and the pastel-coloured houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. There is a wide choice of restaurants, cafés and bars on the harbour promenade, where you can enjoy a unique view of the sea. Every evening the whole city meets here to stroll.

In addition to the still preserved ship halls of the old Venetians you will not only discover impressive buildings such as old city palaces, mosques and churches. With its colourful streets behind the promenade the charming place reminds of Venice itself. After a walk through the streets, past taverns and the shops and workshops of traditional craftsmen, you will enjoy a pulsating nightlife.

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A hidden treasure: the old town of Rethymno

Unforgettable sunsets can be experienced in contemplative Rethymno, where the old town nestles on the coast of a small peninsula. The extensive Fortezza Castle, which was built in the 16th century, towers above it. On the café terraces along the sandy beach and the harbour you can enjoy delicious coffee and local specialities before the alleys of the old town with their small flower-decorated houses entice you. The minarets of the former mosques and the wooden oriels give Rethymno a touch of oriental flair. In combination with the Venetian mansions of the 16th and 17th century, an almost fairytale atmosphere is created.

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The modern meets history: the old town of Heraklion

The old town of Heraklion is particularly lively. Here, modernity meets history: in the Minoan era, the port was located here, which was part of the famous palace complex of Knossos. Heraklion has retained this great significance to this day. The city is the start and finish of many cruises and the economic centre of Crete. The old fortress walls, which were once supposed to protect the Cretan capital from attacks, still house impressive buildings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

On three sides, surrounded by walls and one by the sea, the historic centre offers you everything you need for a successful holiday - free from car noise. Because the streets of the old town are part of an extensive pedestrian area that allows you to experience the unique magic of this place. Greek coffee specialities tempt you in the cafés along the old harbour basin. During the day, interesting exhibitions and markets await you along the alleys and squares lined with ancient buildings, where craftsmen and artists still maintain the old traditions of the island. In the evening you can end the day with a delicious meal in one of the restaurants typical for the region.

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