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Photos of Crete

Updated on October 6, 2014

Pictures from a Crete Holiday

A few years ago, my parents went on vacation to the Greek island of Crete. It seems like a great place for a holiday with amazing beaches to relax at, dark caves and ancient ruins to explore, the tropical sea to go scuba diving in, and authentic Mediterranean food and wine to taste. They brought back lots of photos of Crete, some of which you will find below. Please enjoy these Crete pictures and share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Blue Sea & Blue Sky

Beautiful photo of Crete and the Mediterranean Sea.
Beautiful photo of Crete and the Mediterranean Sea.

Crashing Waves

Crashing waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
Crashing waves of the Mediterranean Sea.

Tiny Island in the Sea

A tiny island in the sea. Wouldn't want to live there!
A tiny island in the sea. Wouldn't want to live there!

The Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea as seen from the coast of Crete.
The Mediterranean Sea as seen from the coast of Crete.

Sea Urchin

The coastal wildlife of Crete.
The coastal wildlife of Crete.

I called it a sea urchin, but I have no idea what it really is. Maybe Flynn_the_Cat will come by some time and identify it for me :)

Rental Car

This is the tiny rental car my parents used to get around. They said some of the mountain roads are really narrow and windy, must be stressful for a driver not used to them.

Crete Plateau Landscape

Photo of Crete landscape with mountains in the background.
Photo of Crete landscape with mountains in the background.

Crete Mountain Valley

A small valley between the mountains in Crete.
A small valley between the mountains in Crete.

Crete Mountains in the Evening

Crete mountains during evening.
Crete mountains during evening.

God Rays Over a Mountain

Crepuscular rays behind a mountain.
Crepuscular rays behind a mountain.

Mountain Goats Climbing

Goats climbing a steep hill in Crete.
Goats climbing a steep hill in Crete.

Mountain Goat Herd

"Move over, I want some shade too".
"Move over, I want some shade too".

During a hot, sunny day in Crete, the mountain goats seek any shade they can get.

More Photos of Goats!

Two mountain goats with bells.
Two mountain goats with bells.

Don't tell me you're bored of the goats already? OK, this was the last picture.

Tiny Chapel

A small chapel near the road. Most people on the island follow the Greek Orthodox faith.
A small chapel near the road. Most people on the island follow the Greek Orthodox faith.

Old Cave

Time to go underground! This looks like an old mine, but it's unrelated to the next pictures.

Crete Caves

Crete has many spectacular caves full of stalagmites and stalactites that you can explore (in most cases you'll have to buy a ticket that costs a few euro). The one in this picture is the Dikteon Andron cave in Lasithi.

Stalactites & Stalagmites

Rock Formation

Interesting red rock face.
Interesting red rock face.

Crete Ruins

Ancient ruins in Crete.
Ancient ruins in Crete.

Crete is known for its ancient ruins which are the oldest in Europe. The legendary Minoan civilization flourished there between 2,700 and 1,500 BC. Some of their frescos and pottery survived to this day, and you can see those pieces of 4,000 year old history with your own eyes if you visit the island.

Ancient Ruins

Minoan ruins.
Minoan ruins.

Minoan Ruins

More ancient ruins.
More ancient ruins.

Palace of Minos at Knossos

Palace of Knossos (Cnossos?)
Palace of Knossos (Cnossos?)

The Palace of Minos is the most famous archaeological landmark in Crete. This mythical palace was at least 3 stories height and covered 6 acres of land, truly an impressive feat for a 3,500 year old civilization. These days you can explore some restored parts of the palace, as well as some parts which survived and were left mostly intact.

Palace of Knossos Multi-Storey Structure

Room in the Palace of Minos

Inside  a room in the Minos Palace.
Inside a room in the Minos Palace.

It's hard to believe, but some Minoan pottery is in a really good condition despite being 3,500 years old. They only lost their paint.

Inside the Palace of Minos

Throne room in Minoan palace of Knossos.
Throne room in Minoan palace of Knossos.

Art in the Palace of Knossos

Frescoes in the palace of Knossos.
Frescoes in the palace of Knossos.

Some of the ancient Minoan art in the Place of Knossos is restored.

Reproduction Fresco in Palace of Minos

A restored fresco.
A restored fresco.

A Sunset in Crete

Cute Cat on a Table

"I didn't order this!"
"I didn't order this!"

Everyone loves cats, and Greeks are no exception. In this taverna (restaurant) in Crete, there's lots of cats just walking around, and they let them sit on the tables.

Hungry Cat

"Is that for me?"
"Is that for me?"

Crete Holiday Poll

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    • terracroatia profile image

      terracroatia 4 years ago

      Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing! I'm going to Crete next month but won't have time to visit Knossos Palace this time. But thanks to your photos now I have seen a bit of it! :) Looks really beautiful!

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      TravelDiaries 5 years ago

      Great pictures for sure. What an amazing place. thanks for sharing.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Nice lens and great pictures! FYI - that black spiky thing is called a sea urchin. Best to avoid stepping on it...

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      Kritikos 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I live in Crete and I liked your photos a lot. Your lens has given me an idea for my first lens here.

      GIannis from Explore Crete

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Great pics - looks beautiful!

    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      I love these pics! Hope that I can visit someday!

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      Jack 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Excellent lens.

    • TeacherSerenia profile image

      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Those are gorgeous photos. I am the western european angel and I am giving you cupids kisses & blessings for Valentine's Day.

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! Giving this a thumbs up and an angel blessing!