Crete - The top tourist destination for all types of holidays
Greece is famously known as one of the most visited countries worldwide, attracting millions of visitors annually, but amongst all places to visit, Crete is bound to steal your heart.
It’s a charming and mysterious island that connects all types of tourism and offers endless places to visit, cultural experiences, and a bountiful cuisine. It is home to the Medieval Town of Heraklion and The Minoan Palace of Knossos, which is one of the most visited cultural landmarks in the world.
Crete offers the perfect combination of tourism and agriculture, where travelers have the opportunity to engage in numerous activities, get in touch with nature, and connect with local inhabitants in a way that respects the environment and local traditions. Nature lovers can enjoy the countryside by participating in seminars organized by specialized tourist agencies that involve gathering herbs, snails, mushrooms, and truffles. They can also become familiar with traditional rural occupations, such as the cultivation of olive, wine and honey production.
Visitors can immerse in a natural wonderland and explore Crete’s outstanding natural beauty by walking, hiking and biking through countless trails around the island, diving or exploring by boat. Various water sports are also available all over the coast. They can hike the Global and European Geopark of Psiloritis, which is the highest mountain of the island and preserves the secrets of nature and life for centuries. The Cretaquaium has also been a great attraction, east of Heraklion city, presenting fascinating species.
Travelers seeking eco-friendly holidays can find several low-impact travel options throughout the island, such as eco-tours, eco-hotels, and eco-resorts. Crete is an island offering a plethora of opportunities to acquaint, explore, live, and enjoy the uniqueness of nature.
Crete is the home of remarkable archaeological sites, breathtaking natural wonders, enduring myths, and a distinct culture that attracts millions of tourists each year. It is a top tourist destination worldwide and the perfect setting for Educational and Religious tourism, especially for visitors thirsty to learn about unique history and culture. Resorts such as Rainbow Apartments host education programs that enhance the experience of the destination by adding an educational component to the trip. We strongly believe in the benefits of educational tourism as a way to gain a new perspective and experiences through hands-on learning.
Are you seeking to learn new religious traditions on your next vacation? The island of Crete is the ideal religious destination. It is home to thousands of historic and picturesque places of worship and dozens of beautiful monasteries, chapels, and churches, such as The Monastery of Panagia Chrysoskalitissa, The Monastery of Preveli, and The Cathedral of Chania, to name a few. The enduring history of these monuments and rich cultural traditions offers a form of tourism that allows travelers to gain new knowledge on the cultural significance, architectural importance, aesthetic beauty, and historic value of these sites. Crete is also the perfect holiday destination to experience Greek Orthodox Celebrations and Festivities, such as Greek Orthodox Easter and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, which takes place at the height of the summer. If you find yourself in Crete on this special day, make sure to attend the celebration or “panigyri” as it provides a taste of authentic life in Greece.
Gastronomical Tourism - Food & Drink
Crete is an island of unique gastronomic experiences and cultural wealth: a real escape. If you’re looking for a gastronomic awakening, then you’ve come to the right place. Cretan gastronomy is rich in traditional flavors that will awaken your senses. The perfect way to end a day full of fun and adventures in Crete is at Rainbow Apartments, where you can enjoy a breezy cocktail while watching the sunset and then continue your evening by discovering one of Crete’s greatest treasures – its cuisine. The island has quite a few hidden gastronomic gems. It is abundant in folk taverns and modern and traditional restaurants that visitors can pick from to enjoy local flavors served with wine or raki. Crete has a flourishing culinary scene that satisfies every flavor pallet, has some of the best restaurants in Greece, and sets the perfect model of a balanced Mediterranean diet.
The fun doesn’t end there! Malia, Stalis & Chersonissos offers a wide plethora of entertainment options for all tastes and ages. It has a vibrant and varied nightlife scene where you can find plenty of bars and clubs, some even hidden in the picturesque alleys of the old city and others overlooking the harbor.
Crete simply has it all! It is the biggest island in Greece, offering amazing variety and a heap of amazing things to do for all types of visitors.