Explore Crete | Mikri Poli Crete

Crete is one of the thirteen peripheries of Greece. It is also the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.

Crete offers impressive mountain ranges, romantic gorges, open planes and fertile valleys where wine, olives and lemon trees grow.

Walk the stunning Samaria Gorge, delve into the depths of the Cave of Zeus or discover the soul of Crete by exploring its charming villages on foot.

Things to See

Discover ancient cities!

Dikteon Andron
Dikteon Andron or Psichros’ Cavern, also known as Cave of Zeus as the locals call it, is one of the most important and impressive caverns of Crete, rich in stalactites and stalagmites. It’s specially organized and receives thousands of tourists every year. In this cavern, located at the Lasithi Plateau, near the village Psichro, according to mythology, Rea, Cronos’ wife, gave birth to Zeus.

Spinalonga
Spinalonga is a small island across from Elounda in Agios Nikolaos. It’s known to many as The island of the lepers. Spinalonga however, has a long and eventful history, despite its small size. Its strategic position was utilized by the locals of antiquity. They fortified the island and from there, protected and controlled the cove of Elounda, where the ancient city of Olous was located.

Things to Do

Explore the islands beaches!

Makrygialos
25 km eastern of Ierapetra the name reveals everything: long seashore, with light blue waters, sandy extents and quietness. Beautiful coastal settlement with clean sandy beach, one of the longest on Crete. It allocates modern tourist facilities, a lot of taverns, restaurants, bars etc

Vai
The coast near Vai (Greek: Βάι) is one of the largest attractions of the Mediterranean island of Crete. It features the largest natural palm forest in Europe, made up of Cretan Date Palm (Phoenix theophrasti). For tourism Vai was discovered at the end of the 1970s by the last Hippies who fled the hot-spots Matala and Preveli. At the beginning of the 1980s Vai was full of backpacker tourists from the whole world, leading to a mixture of chaotic campground and garbage dump. Vai was enclosed and declared as a protected area. The unique forest was recovered and the beach cleaned up.

Agia Fotia
About 4km easternly of Sitia. A small coastal settlement with a clean beach and crystal waters, in the coastal street from Sitia to Vai. Here you will find simple hotels, certain umbrellas and deck chairs and a couple of good taverns, for a quiet and pleasant stay.