Paximadia islands

Paximadia islands

Paximadia Islands are two small uninhabited islets off the Gulf of Messara, 12km (7.5 miles) west of Matala. By far they seem like a single island because they are very close, but they are two s...

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Zaros Lake

Zaros Lake

The artificial lake of Zaros or Votomos located on the southern slopes of Psiloritis, just 1km north of Zaros and 45km southwest of Iraklion. The area was a small wetland before 1987, which was ...

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Rouva forest

Rouva forest

The holly grove of Rouvas is located 55km south of Heraklion and 16km north of Gergeri village, in one of the most rugged and secluded parts of Crete. This isolation is the main reason for its e...

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The gorge of Samaria

The gorge of Samaria

The gorge of Samaria is the second most visited tourist attraction on Crete (following the Minoan palace of Knossos) and by far the most popular walk. More than a quarter million people walk thr...

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Agiofarago

Agiofarago

Agiofarago is a picturesque canyon south of Matala. Its name is a testament to the traveller's goal centuries ago. Legend has it that, centuries ago, the caves were inhabited by hermits who live...

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