Crete Honeymoon; The Ultimate Guide

Crete Honeymoon; The Ultimate Guide

Written by: melina on: January 28, 2022

Crete is the largest Greek island and one of the most historical places globally. Apart from that, however, it is also one of the top honeymoon destinations. Its rich culture, stunning beaches, and locals’ warmth make it irresistible for couples in love. Here is a Crete honeymoon guide to help you make the most out of your romantic vacation.

Why visit Crete for your honeymoon

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Loutro, Crete – credits: arturasker/Shutterstock.com

Aside from its staggering, undeniable beauty, Crete has plenty of more reasons for you to choose it for your honeymoon. To begin with, Crete is a destination that is suitable for all budgets.

You can lead a luxurious lifestyle and spend money as if you were on a cosmopolitan island like Mykonos. At the same time, you can also make your Crete honeymoon cost next to nothing. Especially in comparison to other places in the world.

Secondly, the beaches of Crete are some of the most alluring you will come across. What can one say about the much-photographed and incredibly famous beaches of Crete? Those that appear every day as you scroll the social? They are even more beautiful in person.

Vai, Balos, Elafonisi, Falasarna, Agiofarago, Chrysi are some of the ones you should visit. The striking landscapes will make you never want to leave.

The culture of Crete

Moreover, in Crete one thing is for sure: you will never get bored! Did you arrive in Chania and sit for a few days and explore it? There is no problem at all.

You can head to the other side of Crete and see Heraklion, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, the beautiful Sitia with its picturesque port, and many other places that will leave you stunned. You can also explore its archaeological sites and museums, such as the Knossos Palace and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Don’t forget that in Crete you will eat like a king. All the Cretan food is carefully and skillfully prepared. It uses raw materials from the island itself and Mediterranean flavors to excite your palate.

Along with the food, you should drink a glass of raki or rakomelo or a local wine variety. A Cretan drink is an absolute must; you will drink raki from morning till night at every opportunity.

The hospitality in Crete

We left the best for last. As wonderful as everything is in Crete, nothing will win you over like the hospitality of its locals. Every tavern owner will become your friend and won’t let you leave the table without being a hundred percent happy.

Moreover, the hotel staff will treat you like a personal guest. Not to add that every passer-by will advise you to make you fall in love with the island.

In general, Crete is an ideal place to have famous beaches on your feet. It is perfect if you want to dive in clear blue waters, eat the best food in the Mediterranean, to get to know the Cretans, their culture, and their hospitality. After all, they are famous for being able to make you feel at home.

When to visit Crete

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Falassarna beach – credits: lucianbolca/Depositphoto.com

Unlike the rest of the Greek islands, Crete is an all-year-round destination that is equally gorgeous during the summer and winter in different ways.

However, if you decide to have a winter Crete honeymoon, you need to be ready for cold weather and strong winds. The beaches will be out of the question unless you’re a winter swimmer. However, the beautiful villages will keep you occupied.

Of course, no one can deny that a Crete honeymoon during the warmer months is at its best. However, the high season months from late June to mid-August are the busiest for the island. Therefore, if you want to avoid the tourist masses and the overcrowded beaches, you should avoid visiting during those months. 

In our opinion, the best time to visit Greece on a honeymoon, and Crete in particular, that will allow you to appreciate its beauty to its full potential is during the spring or early autumn. Specifically during May, early June, and from late August to early October.

During that time, you will get to experience the incredible weather in Greece. This will happen without the intense heat the middle of the summer has. Additionally, you will enjoy the island more authentically without the flocks of visitors getting in your way. It will be a much more romantic experience and perfect for your honeymoon

Where to stay in Crete 

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The Venetian Harbor of Chania – credits: Neirfys/Depositphotos.com

Due to its vast size, there are many options to choose from regarding your stay on the island. The most popular are Heraklion, Rethymno, and Chania. Heraklion can serve as your base.

When you visit Crete, the most common thing to do is stay in Heraklion or somewhere nearby. Heraklion has luxury hotels, fine beaches, and it is close to the city center, which is the most cosmopolitan part of the island.

Moreover, it is the ideal starting point to tour the island. Agios Nikolaos is close, so are Rethymno and Chania, while Sitia is not much, but it is not too far away either.

Rethymno has it all. Many people consider it the most beautiful area of ​​Crete and among the top in Greece. It has the best qualities of an island, combined with the conveniences of a big city and the charm of a traditional island.

You fall in love with the area from the moment you enter the ring road that leads to ita and see the striking spectacle.

Chania

Of course, we cannot forget about Chania and its spectacular Old Town. It is the one you see in most photos when you google the word ‘Crete.’ The prefecture of Chania is the westernmost part of Crete and covers an area of ​​over 2,300 sq.m. Most of the region is mountainous, thus creating a magnificent setting of mountains and gorges.

The city of Chania consists of two parts – the Old and the New City. Although the two areas are different, they combine tradition with modern style perfectly. Chania is beautiful with old Venetian houses and traditional buildings rising in the Old Town’s narrow alleys, which is surrounded by the Venetian Castle, an impressive building built in the 15th century AD.

The whole city of Chania, with its picturesque port, the arrogant lighthouse, and its narrow streets, offers a unique setting as if it had come out of a colorful postcard.

Walking through the city’s streets and gazing at the old Venetian mansions will transport you to another era. Everywhere there are picturesque taverns, cafes, and bars to relax and enjoy your drink or try a delicious meal.

The best honeymoon hotels in Crete 

Blue Palace Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

An island so large cannot but have some excellent accommodation options. Crete will genuinely offer you luxury and comfort every step of the way during your honeymoon.

 Our top recommendations include Serenissima Hotel in Chania, Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort right outside Heraklion, Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor in Chania, GDM Megaron in Heraklion, Domes Noruz Chania, Blue Palace Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Elounda, and Paradise Island Villas in Hersonissos. All of the above offer opulent facilities and services, as well as fun activities that will enrich your Crete honeymoon experience.

Tours & activities for your Greek honeymoon in Crete

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Cretan food tour – credits: Greeking.me

It would be a shame to visit Crete for your honeymoon and not take advantage of its fun tours and activities. They will upgrade your time on the island and will gift you with once-in-the-lifetime experiences.

For foodies

If you and your better half are self-proclaimed foodies, then a food or wine tour in one more of Crete’s regions should top your bucket list.

Since Crete is known for its rich and aromatic olive oil, an olive oil tour would also be a great idea as it would give you insight into the fascinating process that brings this world-acclaimed local product to our dinner tables.

You can even join a traditional cooking class and learn for yourself how to prepare and cook some of Crete’s most well-loved dishes.

For adventure seekers

If you are adrenaline seekers and lovers of adventure, embark on a diving adventure into the deep blue Cretan sea. You will be taken aback by the richness of its bottom, as a whole new underwater world will open up for you.

Alternatively, you can attempt a hike across the famous gorge of Samaria or the impressive Dikteo Cave. The famous cave is located on the Lassithi plateau, near the village of Psychro. According to Greek Mythology, in there, Rhea gave birth to Zeus.

A bit further west, there is the Ideon Cave in Psiloritis, where the father of the Gods was raised. The cave is at 1020 meters, so it is not for the faint-hearted.

For history buffs

Of course, the couples that consider themselves history buffs will be delighted in Crete. The island has a world of history and ancient remnants that prove it.

The most popular and striking are Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum, which can be found in Heraklion. Take a guided tour across Knossos and learn about the Minoan civilization, the oldest civilization in the world.

For the relaxed couple

All of the above may sound a bit much, especially if you’ve imagined your honeymoon to be full of day-long excursions to the beach. And that’s completely fine.

In that case, you can choose to tour as many of the island’s spectacular beaches as possible. You can also hop on a tour across its traditional villages to experience the authentic side of Crete and get to know its congenial locals. 

The best beaches in Crete

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Elafonisi beach – credits: Alexandros Kant/Shutterstock.com

Crete boasts a large number of beaches with landscapes that bewitch their visitors. It has arguably some of the best Greek island beaches for couples, too. Some with dunes, others with pink sand, with a background of castles, with a cedar forest reaching to the water. All of them with crystal clear waters, in all shades of blue. They are too many to count, but we will mention our favorite ones here.

The southwest coast

On the southwest coast of Crete, the highly tropical beach Kedrodassos is full of juniper trees. They look like cedars and dunes. The trees make the landscape fairytale-like. The white sand and tropical waters transport you to a completely different world.

A few meters beyond the usually quiet Kedrodassos is the popular Elafonisi. The turquoise waters, the pink sand, and the incredible landscape are responsible for the popularity of this beach, which is unparalleled in Greece. And if you are in Crete, you have to go no matter how many people there are. The landscape is truly unique, reminiscent only of a Pacific beach.

Next to Balos is the most photographed and most recently the busiest beach in Crete. Gramvousa is a peninsula to the west of which stretches the enchanting beach of Balos.

Balos is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. It has been awarded as one of the best in the world by TripAdvisor. Very fine white and red sand, shallow waters, and at some point a lagoon with clear turquoise waters.

The northwest coast

17 km from Kissamos, in the northwest of Crete, is the beautiful beach of Falassarna. Crystal water and an endless sandy beach. The white and red color of the sand and the view of the imposing mountains that surround it make the landscape unique.

Souda is located 41 km southwest of Rethymnon. It lies on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Sellia, just 3 km east of Plakias. It is found at the exit of a narrow green valley that flows through the river Finikas, along which there are Cretan palm trees. And at the end of this “passage” unfolds the beach of Souda with the thick sand. Only minus the air that often catches the beach, so you can not stand.

East of Sitia, about 25 km from the city and 6 km from Palekastro, on Cape Sideros, is the most famous beach of eastern Crete with the only palm forest in Europe, Vai. The setting is reminiscent of the tropical coast.

Where and what to eat

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Greek gfood – credits: Veniamakis Stefanos/Shutterstock.com

It is generally accepted that the Cretan diet is a model of the Mediterranean diet. It meets all its standards without exception. Its main difference from the rest is that it is based on the raw produce given by mother nature, without processing. The foods are used whole with all their aroma and natural taste.

Cretan cuisine combines the sour with the sweet, the salty with the bitter, and its results are unique and delicious. The herbs that make the difference: Arismari, the well-known rosemary, dittany, which is used to prepare beverages, and we enjoy it mainly as a drink, the sage that uniquely flavors the meat.

The local products

The star of Cretan cuisine is the famous Cretan olive oil, which is the key to the Cretan diet and replaces butter and other fats. Its nutritional and antioxidant value is unique. It is essential that it protects the body from serious diseases and helps slow down aging.

Cheese, in Cretan cuisine, is treated as an appetizer, as the main course, and as a dessert. Gruyere, kefalotyri, mizithra in salads, pies, cooked, and side dishes create explosions of flavors. Try fruit combinations with cheese, such as watermelon or melon with gruyere.

The local dishes

The most famous and well-known dishes of the island are the Dakos, the snails, the ‘apaki,’ the stuffed potatoes, the ‘gamopilafo,’ the smoked greens, the socks with cheese or greens, the goat the opposite, the smoked, the lamps, the ‘kserotigana.’

Do not forget the raki, rakomelo, and Cretan wine that will uniquely accompany your dishes and will raise the mood!

Recommendations for food

In the center of Chania, we would highly suggest you try ‘Tamam.’ It’s a lovely establishment with mouthwatering local dishes. ‘Chrysostomos’ is also good and extremely popular. For a tavern in the city, our top pick in Daliani would be ‘Ladokolla.’

Also, another affordable tavern, which attracts younger crowds but lacks variety in its menu, is ‘Steno.’ After a wild night out, walk to the ‘Agapini’ cookhouse in the Municipal Market. It offers various stews. Its tripe is famous amongst the locals, and it is also very affordable.

Near Kastelli Kissamos, specifically in Kaliviani, is the traditional tavern ‘Gramvousa.’ It offers excellent dishes made from almost exclusively local products. It is not cheap, but it is worth it. A little further out, in Vatolakko is the lovely and budget-friendly ‘Kapilio.’

Nearby, in Alikianos, is the tavern – pizzeria ‘La Bomba.’ It has excellent food, large portions, and good value for money. We also recommend ‘Emilia’ in Zourva. It has delectable dishes and offers its guests amazing views.

More recommendations

In Drakona is ‘Dounias’. It has excellent food. However, keep in mind that it is not easily accessible. If you happen to go to Omalos, stop at the hotel – tavern ‘Omalos.’ You will be impressed by the taste of the meat. You may pay a bit extra money, but it is worth it.

At the direction of Elafonisi, in the village of Elos, is ‘Filoxenia.’ It won’t break the bank, and it offers high-quality food. Finally, near the springs of Argyroupolis, between Rethymno and Chania, is ‘Sarakas.’ It’s a traditional tavern that produces cheese and greens.

Its owner is exceptionally courteous and may even recite to you a couple of ‘mantinades,’ the traditional 15-syllable rhyming couplets in the Cretan dialect that are an integral part of the local culture.

At Piges in Argyroupolis, my favorite is the ‘Palios Milos’. In Rethymno, ‘Zisis’ is our top pick. Then, in one of the most beautiful villages of Rethymno, in Maroula, you will find a nice tavern with a beautiful view of the village. It’s called ‘Fantastiko.’ It may not be the most affordable choice, but it is the best one.

Finally, In Kyrianna is the ‘Faraggi.’ It is a nice tavern, with tasteful minimalist decoration, reasonable prices, and tasty dishes.

What is the most excellent part of Crete?

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Samaria Gorge – credits: Kasper Ketelsen/Shutterstock.com

The beauties of Crete are many, and so it is hard to choose just one part of the island and declare it the “nicest.” However, it is a part of Crete that never fails to amaze us, and it is the gorge of Samaria.

A green gorge that stretches over 13 kilometers is inhabited by kri-kri, crossed – and photographed – by 500 people a day, and “closes” with spectacular rocks, the distance between which does not exceed three meters.

It is a hiker’s paradise. It is a stunning route that ends at the beach, where you can take a refreshing and highly rewarding dive. You cross it only on foot, and it takes an estimate of six hours.

Spend the best days of your life in the most magical destination you can; a honeymoon in Greece is what you deserve. A Crete honeymoon will be the best kick start to your new life and one of the sweetest memory you will have with your significant other.

Let the heartwarming hospitality of Crete’s locals make you feel welcome and valued. In Crete, you will have fun, you will rest, you will eat well, you will take excellent selfies, and you will return at the first opportunity.

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