Crete | Island Paradise with Wonders to Discover
Throughout your luxurious villa stay, options abound for exploring the best of Crete’s historical and cultural treasures. Let A&K tailor your day-by-day experience, whether you prefer to view the dramatic mosaic floors of the Palace of Minos, travel by fishing boat to the rocky island of Spinalonga with its stoic Venetian fortress or witness the craftsmanship of local artisan weavers in the village of Kritsa. A&K can also arrange for dedicated concierge services, such as a chef to prepare gourmet meals on site at your villa and expert daycare or tutoring for your youngest travellers.
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Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Discover the Palace of King Minos
Set out for historic Heraklion, viewing Minoan artifacts at the Archaeological Museum and visiting the Palace of Knossos, one-time home of King Minos, who mythology has it built the labyrinth that held the Minotaur, to view its impressive mosaic floor and throne complex. Afterward, savor a tasting at a local winery.
Explore the Island of Spinalonga
Board a fishing boat to the island of Spinalonga to view the remains of the Venetian fortress that was built in 1579 to defend the city of Elounda, and was later used as a leper colony. Walk along the ruined streets, visiting the local burial ground and hospital, and listening to stories of the remarkable people who created a life here.
Visit a Village Renowned for Traditional Weaving
Discover the village of Kritsa, where artisans still practice the craft of traditional weaving and see the church of Panagia Kera, with its venerated Byzantine-era frescoes. Then, drive to the ancient Minoan settlement and archaeological site of Gournia to learn what it reveals of ancient everyday life.