What to see in Crete?
Since the Iron Curtain collapsed, a largethe number of our fellow citizens was able to rest on foreign resorts. Greece, Cyprus, Tunisia, Egypt and Thailand became the most attractive countries for rest in recent years.
Traveling around Crete
Resting in Greece, many of our fellow citizenstravel on the island of Crete, the second largest island of the eastern Mediterranean after Cyprus. Those who first appeared on the island, for sure it will be interesting to know what you can see in Crete. Experienced tourists set themselves a slightly different task, and it sounds, roughly, like this: "They decided to go around Crete by car, what to see?" Let's try to answer these questions.
The main attraction of the island isKnossos Palace is a political and cultural monument of the Minoan civilization, which existed a half or two thousand years before our era. It strikes with its engineering solutions. Already at that time in the palace there was artificial lighting, heating and ventilation, there were running water and sewerage.
An important island archaeological center is thethe city of Festus and its palace inhabited in the Neolithic Age. Until today, excavations continue in the resort town of Malia - the center of navigation of the Minoan period. Interest for tourists is Gortina, the oldest city in Crete, the former capital of the island in the Roman and early Byzantine periods. Here, vacationers can explore the sanctuaries of Egyptian deities, the aqueduct, the amphitheater and the ruins of the Roman praetorium.
Tourists who are interested in what to look atCrete, it's worth visiting the Arcadian Monastery, which is a symbol of the struggle of the Greeks for independence. In the monastery a museum is opened, in the exposition of which rare icons and various objects are depicted, which tell of the uneasy history of the monastery.
It's worth seeing
From other attractions of the island is worth seeing:
- The Venetian Fortress of Frangokastello;
- Antique city-port of Falasarna;
- Ruins of the villa of King Agia Triad;
- The Minoan port of Amnis;
- The Roman city of Eleftherna;
- Archaeological zone of Arkhanes;
- The ancient city of Riesenia;
- Monastery Toplou;
- Kato-Zakros Palace;
- Sunken ancient city of Opus;
- Pirate Island with a Venetian fortress;
- The Minoan-Dorian town harbor of Itanos.