The island of Crete is a paradise for nature lovers and is home to a diverse array of beautiful landscapes that will capture your imagination. Here’s our guide to some of the best natural attractions Crete has to offer so you can fall in love with the unspoilt beauty of this great island.

The Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge, located in the Samaria national park is one of Crete’s main attractions, and for good reason. A visit to this magnificent site will definitely stay with you given the dramatic and breathtaking scenery on offer. The area is also home to a diverse array of plant and animal life to keep an eye out for, including a number of rare species. If you fancy a bit of a challenge then there are a number of different hiking routes you can take around the area, however guided tours and walks are also available. Preveli Beach

No guide to the natural attractions of Crete can be complete without mentioning Crete’s many beautiful beaches. The island is home to an abundance of glorious sandy beaches; however a particular gem is Preveli Beach which is truly a paradise for beach lovers. Not only is the area a great place to relax and soak up some sun, the surroundings are truly spectacular. The beach is relatively isolated, being accessible solely by foot or by boat and lies on the shore of a small lagoon. The area is in many respects reminiscent of an island paradise and is even surrounded by palm trees as well as a variety of other vegetation.

The White Mountains

The White Mountains, are a major mountain range in the west of Crete dominating the local landscape, and are so called due to the fact that they are often covered by snow until the late spring. Whilst experienced hikers may wish to take on the challenge presented by a walk in these mountains, a drive though the regions is also a breathtaking experience and a great way to enjoy all the amazing sights on offer.

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