8 days in Crete Itinerary

8 days in Crete Itinerary

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8 days in Crete Itinerary

Tel Aviv
Fly + bus:  6​h
Hersonissos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Matala
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Tel Aviv

5
days
Hersonissos

Hersonissos ©
Wholeheartedly dedicated to tourism, Hersonissos remains best known for its vibrant nightlife, its bars and clubs attracting partygoers from around the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Stalis Beach and Lake Voulismeni. Explore hidden gems such as Kristina Boutique and Marianna's Workshop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hersonissos: Sacred Monastery of Arkadi (in Rethymnon) and Fortress Spinalonga (in Elounda). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 30th (Wed) at Star Beach. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, stop by Hantra, find something for the whole family at Acqua Plus Water Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre.

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Tel Aviv, Israel to Hersonissos is an approximately 6-hour flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in August since evenings lows in Hersonissos dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matala.

Things to do in Hersonissos

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, Sacred Monastery of Arkadi, Fortress Spinalonga, Marianna's Workshop, The Palace of Knossos
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Acqua Plus Water Park ©
Acqua Plus Water Park
Fortress Spinalonga ©
Fortress Spinalonga
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach

2
days
Matala

Matala ©
A low-key tourist resort known for its ancient cliffside caves, Matala boasts a rich history that spans over 2,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos), kick back and relax at Matala beach, and then look for gifts at Goods of the Ground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Komos Beach.

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Drive from Hersonissos to Matala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Matala sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matala

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Komos Beach, Botano Cretan Mountain Herbs
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Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos) ©
Red Sand Beach (Kokkini Ammos)
Komos Beach ©
Komos Beach
Matala beach ©
Matala beach

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