Crete: Get startedHistoric towns, ruins, and amazing landscapes await! Don't miss a visit to Knossos Palace, the capital of Heraklion, the Venetian harbour of charming Rethymno, and the monasteries of Agia Triada, Toplou or Preveli. For the best beaches in Crete, try the sultry shores of Elafonisi, Phalasarna or Vai. Adventurers should also try a day trip to Spinalonga! Discover our Greek island hopping packages stopping in Crete.
CRETE TRAVEL GUIDE
What to eatDakos (like a bruschetta, but with fresh cheese and served on rusk instead of bread), a variety of Cretan cheeses (from soft goat cheeses like tyrozouli or harder ones like graviera), fried snails, lamb (usually cooked with local vegetables and herbs), Sfakian pies (stuffed with cheese), and all the Greek classics!
What to bring backA bottle of Cretan oil, a bottle of the popular local spirit Tsikoudia (a type of raki), mountain herbs, thyme honey, and handmade crafts like embroidered clothing or colourful ceramics.
Fun FactIf one were to believe in myths (why not!), the island of Crete played a role in the shaping of the entire European continent! They claim that this is where Zeus was born, either in the Diktaean or Idaean caves. Later, disguised as a white bull, he kidnapped a nymph named Europa (after whom the continent is named) and brought her to Crete where she later gave birth to Minos. He created the first important civilization in Europe: the Minoans.
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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