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crete | March 2, 2017

Meet Crete in Spring

Leaving the cold winter months behind, we are welcoming spring with open arms. The time has come to follow the sweet scents of blooming flowers and the warm breeze of the sea all the way to the island Crete. Wondering what to see in Crete in spring? Let us guide you through the most amazing spring awaking moments to experience during your spring holidays in Crete.

Spring Events in Crete

If you are an art lover make sure to visit the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania where you may attend a series of educational programs, creative and cultural activities for both children and adults, marvel the permanent exhibitions and collection of works by Greek artists along with the present exhibition “An Instant Forever” featuring a great selection of Portraits and Landscapes. From March till May, attend the free sightseeing tour called “Get familiar with my city and respect it” and visit a number of archeological sites and monuments while taking a journey through history, through the unique memories and colors of Chania. At the end of May make sure to celebrate the Battle of Crete with the locals by participating in a great range of memorial and cultural happenings taking place in the city of Chania.

Best Spring Activities

Now that the weather is getting warmer and the temperatures are slowly rising we urge you to explore the miraculous nature of Crete in spring and try out some of the top outdoor activities that will boost your energy. Select one of the horseback riding programs from the Zoraida’s Horse Riding center in Georgoupolis according to your level of expertise and explore the natural wonders of Crete on a horse. Walk through the captivating mountains and gorges of Crete and breathe in the majesty of nature from Omalos to Melindaou summit at an altitude of 2153 meters and from there to Anopolis or Gingilos summit, walk your way to the summit of Pachnes in the heart of the White Mountains or from Kambi to Volakies and marvel Crete from above. Speaking of nature, what a better way to celebrate its gifts than with a glass of local wine at the distinguished winery of Dourakis where you can enjoy a tour to the herb garden, the cellar, the production facilities and the ancient wine press while savoring award-winning wines accompanied with scrumptious local delicacies and Cretan cheese.

Monuments to visit in spring

If you are a culture enthusiast and you are still wondering what to see in Crete in spring make sure to visit ancient Aptera, the most important city-state of Crete during the Minoan era and marvel the archeological findings of the Roman reservoirs, the public baths, the graves and fortification. Walk the streets of the Venetian port of Chania, mingle with the locals and visit the unique lighthouse of Chania. Don’t leave the city of Chania without visiting the cathedral of Panagia Trimartiri, protector of the city.

Cretan Food Specialties

The legendary Cretan diet is definitely worth savoring during your spring holidays in Crete. Amidst the eclectic range of Cretan food specialties and local products, herbs and fruits make sure to try the Stamnagathi Greens with extra virgin olive oil and the delicious graviera cheese.

Top Beaches for Spring

Crete in Spring is like a painting of Monet, filled with flirtatious brush strokes, green, brown, blue and gold just like its golden shores and sun-kissed beaches. Walk through the sea to the other side of the beach of Elafonissi, bask in the sun on the beautiful Kiani beach only 17 km away from Chania and take your family for a relaxing and enjoyable day on the beach at Kalyves right by the beach of Kiani Akti.

Best Natural Landscapes for Spring

Spring is the time to spend in nature. Walk the 20 hectares of fruit trees, herbs, ornamental plants and medicinal plants of the Botanical Gardens. Lose yourself amidst the colorful blooming landscape, get acquainted with more than 150 species of flora at the park and fully unwind in the lush natural surroundings. Move from the sun into the shade at the Cave of Melidoni, a cave of great archeological and mythological interest situated in Mylopotamos at an altitude of 1800 meters and marvel the stalagmites, stalactites and columns. If you wish to add a refreshing twist to your day head to Kournas Lake, 4 km from Georgioupolis. Unwind in the verdant valley amidst the hills and simply unwind while gazing at the majestic landscape.

Just like a live painting of scenes and sceneries, like a symphony of colors and scents, the island of Crete in spring is an experience worth living, capturing and sharing with your beloved family and friends. So, welcome spring in Crete and live a selection of life-defining moments.