The Thalassocosmos-Aquarium of Crete has for many years been a great attraction in the tourist region east of the capital Heraklion
In the Thalassocosmos-Aquarium, you can see many sea animals from the Mediterranean Sea, also sharks and giant turtles.
At the aquarium has several dozen basins with fish and other marine animals.
The visitors stand amazed in front of the largest tank of the Crete aquarium. In the basin swim over 2 meters long sharks.
We estimate that there are more than 100 species.
In addition, there are other sea animals like starfish, lobsters, crabs, squids, jellyfish, sea urchins and some more.
Opening hours daily from 9:30 to 21:30
Entrance fee to the Thalassocosmos Aquarium
Adults 9 euros
Children 6 euros
Children up to 4 years are free.
The mountainous village of Zaros is known for its water springs. Here you’ll find Votomos Lake, one of the artificial lakes in Crete. Fine tavernas around, local trout is highly recommended, accommodation available if you wish to stay over. Around the lake, there is a recreational area with tables and benches, an information board and signs everywhere. You must not miss having a coffee or even a meal on the pier which the municipality has built on the shore of the lake under the deep shade of the plane trees. The local speciality is salmon and trout grilled over an open fire. Zaros is a small picturesque town of approximately 2000 inhabitants in the south slopes of Mount Psiloritis, about 46km southwest of Heraklion. It is a place endowed by nature with many springs with crystal clear water.
Matala beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Crete and certainly the most famous beach.
It is famous for the carved caves in the rocks and the hippies of the ‘70s.
Matala there is a beautiful sandy beach, 300m long, with fine gravel and crystal clear deep water. Moreover, the seabed is quite rocky in some places (especially in the central part of the bach) and waves are common, due to frequent west winds.
Furthermore, there is a huge cave in the north part of the beach, from the top of which some people dive.
The beach is very well organized with umbrellas, toilets, showers, lifeguard, first aids, beach volley courts, snack bars, water sports, excursion boats, a camping site, etc.
Around Matala, you will find many options for accommodation, entertainment and eating. Also, a large part of the beach is covered by tamarisk trees, where you can find shade.