​A Guide to the Regions of Crete


​​​​5th November 2014

The island of Crete is the largest of Greece’s islands and is divided into 4 main regions. Here we give a quick guide to the regions of Crete and the many amazing sights they have to offer.


The Chania region of Crete is located on the west side of the island. This region is dominated by the glorious White Mountains and it also famous for its numerous beaches, including the fantastic Balos beach, making the Chania region a perfect holiday destination. The capital of this region is the town of Chania which is also well worth a visit; indeed this ancient town is home to a variety of stunning buildings and fine examples of medieval architecture, making a wander round its streets a truly fascinating experience.


Rethymno is the smallest region of the island of Crete and is famous for its stunning mountain landscapes, spectacular beaches, and historic monuments. As well as these beautiful natural landscapes the region is also renowned for its charming historic villages and bustling towns. Its capital, also called Rethymno, is undoubtedly one of Crete’s most delightful towns and is full of character, from its amazing architecture, to its rich culture.


Located on Crete’s stunning north coast, Heraklion is the largest of Crete’s regions and is one of the most popular destinations on the island. The region is home to a number of great archaeological treasures including the Minoan palace of Knossos. The city of Heraklion is also the largest on the island of Crete and is one of Greece’s major urban centres. This historic city has a number of sights worth exploring, including its many wonderful museums.


Lasithi (Agios Nikolaos) is Crete’s easternmost region and is also one of its most unique, and thanks to its many stunning beaches the region attracts many tourists. This area of Crete is also famed for its many intriguing historical monuments, archaeological sites, and natural beauty. The region is also home to many traditional villages, which still retain their rich cultural traditions.

Hopefully this has inspired you to discover the beautiful regions of Crete for yourself. Here at Pure Crete we have a great selection of villas in Crete for you to choose from, for the ideal place to stay during your dream Crete holiday. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us a call on 01444 880 404 or emailing us at info@purecrete.com and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.