1. The gorge of Samaria
It is the longest canyon in the country and the second in Europe with a total length of 16 km. It is located in the southern part of the prefecture of Chania and divides part of the White Mountains range.
Samaria is one of the most important national parks of Greece, since it hosts several endemic species of birds and animals, including the famous kri-kri.
The gorge of Samaria is now one of the most important views of Crete and this is also revealed in its visitors, since in recent years it has reached a few hundred thousand per year.
It is located on the hill of Kefala in the Municipality of Heraklion. The area was inhabited for the first time in the Neolithic era (7000 – 3000 BC). The most important point is the Minoan palace, which according to mythology was the place of King Minos.
The palace of Knossos is the most visited archaeological site in Crete with more than 1 million visitors every year.
A destination symbol of dark tourism, where lepers were isolated from Crete and the rest of Greece until the middle of the 20th century.
It is a small island with an area of only 0.1 sq km, in the prefecture of Lasithi, very close to Elounda. The visitor today can take a guided tour of its ruined buildings.
The island of Spinalonga is considered one of the most visited and photographed attractions of Crete.
It is often said that nature “paints”. One such example is the area of Preveli in the prefecture of Rethymno with its unique palm forest and the captivating beach on the shores of the Libyan Sea.
The area is considered protected by the Natura 2000 Network. Throughout the year and especially in the summer months, thousands of visitors come to admire the palm forest and take a dip overlooking the Libyan Sea.
5. Holy Monastery of Arkadios
One of the most historic monasteries of Crete with significant cultural as well as religious importance is that of Arkadios Monastery. The temple was first built in the period 961 – 1014 AD.
It is located 23 kilometers southeast of Rethymno on a fertile plateau.
The temple houses important religious relics that were saved over the centuries from conquerors as well as natural disasters.
Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive at the Monastery, to experience the Divine Grace up close, but also to admire this historical monument.
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