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🗓️1-7 July, 19:15 | 📍Rethymno Municipal Garden
🎟️Ticket available at the entrance

Cretan Diet Festival is a unique culinary experience where you actively participate in Cretan culture through a week full of cultural activities, wine & cheese producers and local farmers demonstrating their products.

🗓️ July 5, 6, & 7| 📍Matala beach

Matala Beach Festival is not just about the music; it’s a celebration of unity, freedom, and the indomitable spirit of human connection. It’s a place where strangers become friends, where barriers are broken, and where love and acceptance reign supreme.

I know it is not a lot of time to visit a lot, might rent a car. But what are some must-visited places in the area? Thank you!

Hello, I am coming to Chania next week, do they show the UEFA there, where can I watch it?

Please be informed that strong winds continue today, causing dangerous swimming conditions. Many beaches have red flags in place. Do not ignore these warnings, and avoid entering the water if you are not a strong swimmer. Tragically, two people drowned yesterday, highlighting the seriousness of this issue. The strong winds in Crete cause high waves, making swimming in deep waters extremely hazardous. Stay safe and heed all safety advisories.

Next week, Crete is hosting some exciting events you won’t want to miss! Dive into local culture at the Cretan Diet Festival, experience the vibrant ‘Traditional Strata’ in Chania, and join the fun at the Matala Beach Festival “One World – One Love”. Mark your calendars and join us for a week full of festivities! 🎉🥳

After an overnight battle with a large wildfire on a craggy hillside in Rethymno, western Crete, firefighters were able to bring the blaze under relative control by Wednesday morning.

First light also allowed water-dumping aircraft to take to the skies and help ground crews deal with the remaining pockets of the blaze, which started at around 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday night on the outskirts of the Municipality of Agios Vasileios.

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Our family of four is planning a 7-night trip to Crete this August. We’ll have a rental car and are open to driving around.

We’re flying into Heraklion and out of Chania. After a few days in Heraklion, we’ll head to Elounda and Agios Nikolaos for 3 nights. Is this the right amount of time to spend there?

Should we head straight to Chania, or would it be better to spend a night or two in Bali or Rethymno along the way?

We’re also looking for recommendations on kid-friendly beaches. We’re not interested in the big tourist spots or Instagram-worthy locations; we just want a traditional family vacation and to experience local life.

We understand August is very busy, but it’s the only time we can visit due to school holidays.


If you are unsure whether you can drink tap water in Crete, the short answer is yes. The tap water in Crete is safe to drink as it is treated and regularly monitored by the country’s Ministry of Health. The water is potable and generally considered to be of good quality. However, due to the presence of natural minerals and chemicals, the taste may vary, which some might find less appealing.

For tourists visiting Crete, especially during the warm summer months, staying hydrated is crucial. You can safely refill your water bottles with tap water. This is important when enjoying the beaches, hiking, or traveling around the island. If the taste of the tap water doesn’t suit you, bottled water is also widely available, but the tap water itself is perfectly safe to drink.