These are just a very few sites from the multitude of historical sites and museums on Crete. Ask Lena to recommend trips to visit those that particularly interest you.
The Cave of Zeus
The Dictaean Cave, as it is otherwise known, overlooks the Lassithi Plateau and is the place where, according to Greek mythology, Rhea took baby Zeus to hide him from the ill-intentioned Cronos. Regardless of whether you believe the legend, there is solid evidence in the various icons and symbols to prove that the cave was once an important place of worship back in Minoan times. If you have an interest in myths and in the island’s history then this cave will certainly be worth a visit.
The Palace of Knossos
Covering a total area of 20,000 square metres, the Minoan palace at Knossos, while not quite one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is still considered one of the world’s most amazing sightseeing experiences. Consisting of four wings constructed around a rectangular central court, the palace was first unearthed by a Cretan merchant back in 1878, but its real excavation did not begin until 1900.
While much of the palace’s original detail has been lost, including the splendid frescoes that adorned the walls, other parts of it have been well-preserved and others still have been rebuilt by British archaeologist, Arthur Evans. The palace lies just five kilometres south of Heraklion and is perhaps the island’s most significant historical attraction.
Crete has an impressive selection of museums, complementing its extensive number of historical sites by offering visitors a deeper insight into the background and other fascinating aspects of the island’s history.
Chania’s archaeological museum is in Chalidon, just up from the fountain in the Old Harbour, and is a must for a visit.
Just down the road from Pension Lena is a beautiful and cosy Byzantine Museum, with wonderful frescoes and appealing pictures and icons.
The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion is a must, with its impressive collection of artefacts hailing from the Minoan period including bull-headed drinking vessels and the curious Phaistos disc.
Other museums worthy of mention, include the Lychnostatis Museum at Limenas Hersonissou, the Sitia Museum at Lassithi and the Historical and Folklore Museum at Rethymno.