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The most famous landmark of Crete depicted on all the postcards and souvenirs, the place where according to legend was the Minotaur maze.
The first palace of Knossos was built over 5000 years ago, but was destroyed by natural disasters, and in its place was built a second palace, whose reconstruction you can see today.
Reconstruction of the palace engaged Arthur Evans, who tried to recreate all its beauty and grandeur, with his usual artist's fantasy. It is thanks to Arthur Evans, you can admire the frescoes, wonderful rooms and courtyards of the Minoan civilization, and immerse yourself in that era, forgetting that you are in the 21st century.
Most of the palace is a ruin, but there are several rooms, reconstructed with great accuracy. Walking through the palace, you will see a corridor with frescoes depicting young boys and girls, bearing gifts to the goddess, the priest dwelling, the throne room with a stone throne and shrine, magnificent grand staircase and many other rooms and courtyards.
In the palace are so many intricate corridors and secret rooms that many historians are inclined to think that it was served as the basis for the myth of the Minotaur's labyrinth.
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Treasure of Richtis Gorge, this waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful in Greece, but to reach it, you need to overcome a long way through the gorge.22
Beautiful and unguarded cave, where only rare travelers come and where stalactites and stalagmites form fanciful shapes.14
Built by the Venetians in the 14th century, this fortress was intended to protect the population from the pirates, and now you can watch the unusual phenomenon drosoulites here.3
The Leper Island Spinalonga
A former leper colony, this island has preserved only the ruins of a once-powerful fortress and abandoned houses of leprosy patients.29
Sandy and pebble beach is located on the southern coast of the island and has become legendary thanks to the hippies who lived in these caves.9
The small island separated from Crete for a hundred meters, and it is considered a haven away from the noise of city streets.14
Glyka Nera Beach
Hidden away from the prying eyes of rocks and cliffs, Glyka Nera beach is considered one of the most beautiful in the world due to its well-groomed and close freshwater supply.11
A small fishing village in recent years is gaining more and more popularity due to its clean beaches and the opportunity to observe the life of the Greek fishermen.3
The Gorge of Aradena
Near the abandoned village is the gorge, which stretches to the coast of the Libyan Sea, and many desperate travelers can walk through it.39
Saint Nikolas church
The snow-white church on a low cliff is seen from afar, it is a path from rough stones, and from it opens the magic views of the surroundings.22
The picturesque small village, that has preserved its authenticity despite the great popularity among tourists, and offers a relaxing stay on their sandy beaches.1
If you want to reach this picturesque gorge, you need to overcome a long way through another famous and marvelous Cretan gorge.15