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19 THINGS TO DO IN CRETE (SEPTEMBER 02 - SEPTEMBER 11)

Hiking in Samaria Gorge National Park

Hiking in Samaria Gorge National Park

May–October • activity

Samaria Gorge National Park is a place with incredibly stunning nature, waterfalls, lakes, ancient settlements, and unique flora and fauna

Lefka Ori Hike (The White Mountains)

Lefka Ori Hike (The White Mountains)

May–October • activity

These snowy mountains are waiting for you in sunny Crete

Pink Sand Beaches

Pink Sand Beaches

May–October • nature

Witness the amazing work of Mother Nature while visiting the Elafonissi and Balos pink beaches

Knossos Minoan Palace

Knossos Minoan Palace

April–May | September–mid-October • activity

Feel the real ancient atmosphere in the heart of Minoan civilization

Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles

late May–October • nature

Visit some of the wonderful Greek beaches, which are home to the adorable Caretta turtles

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

April–October • nature

Crete is home to all kinds of endemic wildlife

Fruit Season

Fruit Season

May–October • food

Hot greek summers would be incomplete without a juicy fruit plate

Crete Beach Season

Crete Beach Season

May–October • activity

Enjoy plenty of swimming and sunbathing spots on the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea

Fig Season

Fig Season

mid-August–November • food

Juicy, sweet, and fresh figs must be on your bucket list for Crete

Summer Coffee (Frappe)

Summer Coffee (Frappe)

May–September • food

Solving the biggest summer struggle of coffee lovers since 1957

Winemaking Season

Winemaking Season

late August–early October • activity

There is no meal without a glass of amazing Cretan wine. Tasting tours run all year round, whereas grape stomping experience is available just once in a while—don't miss it!

Wildflower Season

Wildflower Season

April–October (best in April–May) • nature

Discover species of flowers that grow exclusively in Crete

Birdwatching Season

Birdwatching Season

mid-March–mid-May | September–October • nature

Crete hosts more than 412 different bird species, ensuring a great birdwatching experience

Diving and Snorkelling

Diving and Snorkelling

April–October • activity

Crete offers an exciting underwater odyssey with lots of unique objects, flora, and fauna

Hiking

Hiking

May–June | September–October • activity

This is the best way to discover Crete and its amazing nature

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

mid-August–early October • food

Guess how many kinds of grapes exist in Crete? Almost 40! Don't miss your chance to try them all

Sailing

Sailing

April–November • activity

Spend a relaxing vacation exploring the beautiful Mediterranean by boat

Fishing

Fishing

all year round  • activity

If you are a sea and nature fan, don't miss this chance to enjoy fishing during your vacation in Crete

Windsurfing

Windsurfing

May–October • activity

Are you ready for breaking waves in Crete?

18 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Rethymno Carnival

Rethymno Carnival

March 10, 2019 • event

A glorious event where the whole town becomes one big family

Olive Harvest

Olive Harvest

mid-November–January • activity

When visiting Crete during winter, witness and partake in the olive picking holidays

Holy Week & Greek Easter

Holy Week & Greek Easter

April 25–28, 2019 • event

Feel the real spirit of Crete by visiting it during the biggest religious holiday

The Tour of Crete

The Tour of Crete

May 12–17, 2019 • event

A great chance to test yourself and partake in a challenging bicycle holiday among the beauty of Crete

Drosoulites of Frangokastello Castle

Drosoulites of Frangokastello Castle

late May–early June • activity

Have you ever seen a mirage? This one is so real that it has confused people for hundreds of years

Matala Beach Festival

Matala Beach Festival

mid-June • event

An awesome event where you can learn about alternative living and philosophy

Elos Chestnut Harvest and Festival

Elos Chestnut Harvest and Festival

late October–early November • activity

Sweet roasted chestnuts, a beautiful, elated atmosphere, and local spirits await you in Crete in the fall

Honey Season

Honey Season

June–August • food

Learn about honey making with locals and try delicious Cretan honey

Tsikoudia (Cretan Raki)

Tsikoudia (Cretan Raki)

October–mid-December • food

Autumn is the best time to discover Cretan spirits traditions—try local alcohol and learn to make it on your own

Lemon and Orange Season

Lemon and Orange Season

January–March • food

Do you know the real taste of Crete? Just try its citrus fruits

Rakomelo

Rakomelo

December–February • food

A strong local spirit that warms up the heart and body

Oxi Day

Oxi Day

October 28 • event

Visit the biggest national holiday in Greece with lots of parades and festive events

Kourampiedes (Kourabiethes)—Greek Christmas Butter Cookies

Kourampiedes (Kourabiethes)—Greek Christmas Butter Cookies

early December–early January • food

During Christmas vacation in Greece, try these delicious traditional butter cookies which look like small snowballs

Melomakarona—Greek Christmas Honey Cookies

Melomakarona—Greek Christmas Honey Cookies

early December–early January • food

Christmas in Greece won't be complete without these traditional festive sweets!

Roasted Lamb

Roasted Lamb

April 28, 2019 • food

This traditional Easter dish is popular all over Crete

Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata)

Greek Salad (Horiatiki Salata)

June–August • food

Greece is the homeland of the famous Greek salad—a traditional dish of Crete villages

Wild Greens (Horta)

Wild Greens (Horta)

February–April • food

Dreaming of long life and perfect skin? Try these delicious wild greens from Crete

Sardine Season

Sardine Season

July–August  • food

In fishermen's villages, people eat sardines every day, which is perhaps the secret to Greek longevity