20 pictures of Crete in Greece


20 pictures of Crete in Greece – don’t you want to be here?


Crete feels so remote compared to the other Greek islands swirling around the Mediterranean, but it is a relatively short plane ride from the capital city of Athens. And it is definitely on of the most arid and stunning landscapes filled with amazing history, culture, food and monuments – what more could you want? Just to tempt you, here are 20 pictures of Crete in Greece to give you some inspiration to hopefully visit the island soon.



A small Greek harbor temple - 15 pictures of Crete, Greece

A small Greek harbor temple in Crete, Greece


Highlights visiting Crete in 20 pictures




Sunrise in the countryside of Crete in Greece

Sunrise in the countryside of Crete in Greece

Morning and sunrise in the countryside of Crete

Sunrises are always a welcomed time to slowly start a day on the island and marvel at all the small details that start to come alive with the morning light. Views are varied around the island depending on where you are at and where the sun rises, but walking up early to catch the first views of the day are always fantastic and a great way to celebrate the sunrise in Crete.




Chania harbor - 20 pictures of Crete, Greece

Chania harbor in Crete, Greece


Chania harbor in black and white

The harbor scene in Chania is busy and quite panoramic viewing or walking along the stunning harbor area filled with cafes and galleries catering mostly to a tourist crowd. It is a very colorful area to explore and photograph. A different approach would be to capture the harbor in black and white to show the texture and contrast to this vibrant and visually stunning port.


Chania waterfront Crete, Greece - Exploring Chania, Crete

Chania’s waterfront area in Crete, Greece

 Chania harbor in color



Carriage rides at Chania harbor - Exploring Chania, Crete

Carriage rides at Chania harbor – Crete

 Horse carriages for hire at Chania harbor

Slowing down to enjoy the town and harbor via horse drawn carriage is always welcome. You really get a different take on the many promenades and scenic spots your driver will take you to, many hidden from the typical tourist destinations around the old town.

The oldest historic lighthouse in Chania harbor


Chania harbor lighthouse - Exploring Chania, Crete

Chania harbor lighthouse – Crete, Greece


 Chania’s church of the Trimartyri in the old town


Greek Orthodox basilica at Chania, Exploring Chania, Crete

Greek Orthodox basilica at Chania, Crete


 Exploring the narrow cobbled streets of Chania’s old town

Go ahead and pick any street to get lost in and eventually you will find an interesting church, landmark or monument to visit along the way. The mixture of old, new and different cultures blend and make the alleyways so diverse and fun to explore.


Narrow alleyways of Chania - Exploring Chania, Crete

Narrow alleyways of Chania, Crete


 Chania’s Islamic temple converted to a Greek church

Once the main Islamic temple of Chania, the building was converted into a Greek orthodox church for daily services. It is fascinating to visit and see the combination of Islamic art mixed in with orthodox symbols and details combined.


An Islamic temple converted to a Catholic church in Chania, Greece

An Islamic temple converted to a Catholic church in Chania, Greece



 The agora or public market in Chania

The Agora just outside the old town of Chania is always busy with locals and tourists looking for daily provisions and what is freshly grown, caught or just made for a quick sale at the marketplace. It is a fun place to explore and take home something delicious or prepared for a meal or quick snack.


Inside the public market in Chania, Greece

Inside the public market in Chania, Greece


Rugged northern coastlines of Crete  

The coastlines are rugged with rocks peeking out through the rough ocean and surf making for dramatic vistas throughout the island. It’s fun to drive along the many roads that skirt around the island and just happen to stunning scenery like the image below.


Rocky coastline - 20 pictures of Crete in Greece

Rocky coastline of Crete in Greece


 Small harbor scenes of Crete

Little harbors can be found all around the island of Crete, many of them house the typical leisure craft and fishing vessels that ply the ocean to catch a multitude of local seafood ending up in the local markets around the island and the main seafood market at the Agora in Chania.


Fishing boats and harbor - 20 pictures of Crete in Greece

Fishing boats and harbor in Crete, Greece





Fishing boats and harbor in Crete, Greece

Fishing boats and harbor in Crete, Greece


 Exploring the Minoan palace at Knossos

Visiting the ancient ruins of the Minoan palace at Knossos is a must to understand the history and culture of this ancient civilization in Crete. The palace grounds are huge and worth spending half a day to explore the fascinating ruins and artwork around the grounds. You can check out a recent post with more images and details of Knossos palace here.


A visit to Knossos in Crete and the MInoan palace

A visit to Knossos in Crete


Beautiful murals of ancient Knossos in Crete

A visit to Knossos in Crete and a dolphin mural

A visit to Knossos in Crete and a dolphin mural


Wildflowers and coastline views in Crete

There are so many scenic spots driving along the coastline that make it easy to stop and enjoy some of the natural beauty and fauna of the island including the wildflowers below. It’s easy to stop when you discover these breathtaking views, if only just for a quick stop to soak in those views and then photograph them as a reminder of this road trip.


Flora and views in Crete 20 pictures of Crete in Greece

Flora and views along the coastline in Crete


One of the many small harbors in Crete


A small harbor in Crete - 20 pictures of Crete in Greece

A typical small harbor in Crete, Greece


The bustling port city of Heraklion


Heraklion city and port - 20 pictures of Crete in Greece

Heraklion city and port in Crete, Greece




Enjoying the views above Heraklion city and port in Crete, Greece

Enjoying the views above Heraklion city and port in Crete, Greece


More scenic cliff views to a secluded bay in Crete


Cliff views to a secluded bay in Crete, Greece

Cliff views to a secluded bay in Crete, Greece


Where to stay in Crete

There are many coastal communities to stay around the island, but you’ll find the majority of inns and hotels around the two larger cities of Chania and Heraklion. You can also check into Air Bnb accommodations all around the island with both cities central to visiting all the different areas around the island. For reviews and current prices in Chania, Check out these Trip Advisor reviews here for an updated calendar and availability. For Heraklion, check out these reviews here for current availability and prices.


Want to see more of Crete, check out these additional posts below

A visit to Knossos in Crete

Exploring Chania in Crete


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58 Responses to 20 pictures of Crete in Greece

  1. Gildo January 30, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    How beautiful. just heavenly places

  2. Estudos biblicos December 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm #


  3. Marcelo October 4, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    I love is pictures, the best

  4. mupix coelho neto August 2, 2017 at 11:29 am #

    Beautiful photos as usual. I love the atmosphere of the black and white ones.

  5. Teologia a distância June 17, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Lugar magico sem duvidas

  6. Arthur Medeiros June 9, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Amazing pictures, Greece is undoubtedly a beautiful place. I hope someday I can go there.

  7. Jacinta April 3, 2017 at 2:27 am #

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  8. Rodrigo February 7, 2017 at 4:34 am #

    What beautiful pictures with incredible colors. I think Greece is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Congratulations on the beautiful work!

  9. Aline Martins December 14, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Lugares magnificos, que beleza….

  10. Madison December 7, 2016 at 8:25 am #

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  11. Fernando November 30, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Great photos, I love Greece there are wonderful places like these, and the photos are very beautiful and professional

  12. Eclésio November 30, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Beautiful pictures, I love Greece makes me happy to know that there are wonderful places like these, and the photos are very good and real

  13. Vera Flavia November 27, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    Congratulations, very beautiful pictures.

    • Noel November 27, 2016 at 6:56 am #

      THanks so much and for commenting Vera

  14. Marcelo November 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    incredible pictures

  15. Venessa m.a. November 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Incredible lifts one more beautiful than the other and the photos are perfect

  16. Daniela Conde November 8, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    Greece always lovely

  17. Cardoso October 31, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

    The pictures are all beautiful and the landscape has no explanation for something so wonderful and this really stunning ..

  18. Ivo October 24, 2016 at 4:56 am #

    Excellent photo, Crete is really beautiful if you were to travel today would be my first choice

  19. Carolina Sales October 14, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    wonderful photos Sets

    • Noel October 14, 2016 at 8:03 am #

      Thanks for visiting and sharing a comment, I really appreciate it Carolina

  20. ElzaElza October 11, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    The Greece is very beautiful just the image already shows the beauty I’d love to meet her but I have not had this privilege.

  21. Maicon Santos October 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    Nice site.

  22. Fabrine September 3, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

    Mui lida as fotos imagina o pais a beleza que é…

  23. Rodrigo Araújo August 14, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    Amazing pictures, Greece is a very beautiful place!

  24. Fabrine August 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm #

    I do not know Greece but only for pisagem should be widely read one day I can have this privilege of knowing ..

  25. Edson aguiar August 6, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    very cool this place

  26. reinaldmascarenhas July 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    i did not know greece was so beautiful,i´ll travel there to comtemplate these beauty.

  27. Taina July 13, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

    My dream is to know Greece is a very read parents is a very great privilege for those who live there and will be a privilege for me to meet

  28. Adriano Jonas Neves July 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    This site is wonderful, beautiful images . Greece is really a fabulous country. I loved the article.

  29. josé July 1, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Very beautiful these lugare and landscapes as I would like to have the privilege of knowing ..

  30. Adriana June 15, 2016 at 12:34 am #

    Greece is a paradise to let anyone dreaming to know and who knows is a provilégiado.

  31. Maria Tereza June 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Good Evening.
    I love nature and enjoy the many beautiful places that God made in his infinite perfection!
    Beautifull pictures .

  32. Félix May 30, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

    The Greece is a very beautiful paradise scenery is breathtaking

  33. fabio May 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    beautiful parabens these places and the pictures are the maximum

  34. Ricardo May 19, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    The Greece is beautiful, sensational photos congratulations!

  35. Rogério May 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

    Beautiful photos! Dream to meet beautiful places like this!

  36. Luiz April 29, 2016 at 4:49 am #

    A lot of beautiful photos is a scenario to let anyone of water in the mouth

  37. Oliveira April 28, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    I Love pictures!

  38. Alex April 21, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    The Greece is a very beautiful paradise scenery is breathtaking

  39. Everton February 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    Beautiful shots of the place.

  40. Bruno December 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Amazing pictures, Greece is a very beautiful place!

  41. Suze The Luxury Columnist November 12, 2015 at 1:00 am #

    Chania looks beautiful – the lighthouse, the cobbled streets, the basilica – you’ve certainly made me want to visit, Noel

  42. Luisa October 2, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    I love the pictures, I love the colours, I love the atmosphere… I love travelling through your blog posts.
    Thanks, I am loving it 🙂

  43. Rajesh September 23, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    Beautiful shots of the place.

  44. alison abbott September 14, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    I spent time in Crete when I was in college and your photos brought back great memories, especially all the fishing boasts and the frescoes at Knossos.

  45. Agness September 11, 2015 at 12:12 am #

    These pictures are truly amazing. I’m in love with Crete’s blue and white color and I simply cannot wait to re-visit it soon!! 🙂

  46. jane canapini September 9, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    On my only visit to Crete, I came back to Toronto to discover that my camera hadn’t been picking up the film (yes, those were the days of film). Meaning every photo of Crete was gone, Knossos, Palaiochora, Chania, everything. It’s nice to revisit some of those places through your photos, so thank you!

  47. Judy Freedman September 8, 2015 at 10:57 am #

    What absolutely stunning photos. I’m adding Greece to my “life after 50” bucket list. It was always on the list but I’m going to raise it to the top!!

  48. Kay Dougherty September 8, 2015 at 5:15 am #

    I’ve had Crete on my “to do” list for years but haven’t made it there yet. These pictures reinforce my desire to go there and see the same view that kitty saw!

  49. Carole Terwilliger Meyers September 7, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Love your shots of Crete, especially that first little temple and the high-ceilinged market. I do hope you will submit your kitty shot to my photo gallery, http://berkeleyandbeyond.com/Way-Beyond/Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-Cats/photos-of-cats.html

  50. Tom Fakler September 7, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    Hello Noel,

    As always great photos.

    You are lucky to go to the islands. I was in Greece for the long time ago now millennium but did not get to the islands. Crete does look like a great stop on any tour of Greece.

  51. jenny@atasteoftravel September 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Well that’s sealed it…Crete here we come! It really does look like a fabulous island. History, architecture, food and fabulous landscapes…what more do you need!

  52. Lyn (aka) The Travelling Lindfields September 6, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Beautiful photos as usual. I love the atmosphere of the black and white ones.

  53. Jo September 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    20 Pictures of Crete in Greece offers a fabulous temptation of somewhere I’d love to visit. Having never been to Greece, your photos have made me want to get to Crete – the narrow cobbled streets of Chania’s old town and the carriage rides (love the black and white pic) would definitely capture my imagination.

  54. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru September 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    I am love with and want to live in the house with the blue door! These photos look so much like Istria and the Dalmatian Islands. Same part of the world and one that we’ve grown to love very much. We really need to brush up on our history: the Minoans, the Phoenicians, and everybody else had such fascinating cultures and products. Your photos remind me we have lots to learn!

  55. Prachi September 6, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Gorgeous pics!


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