Crete for Seniors: 10 + 1 Memorable Experiences and Things to Do in Crete for the Elderly

Crete for Seniors

Crete is a spectacular Greek destination for elders. Think of top-of-the-industry services, original cuisine, easy access via plane, rich history, and modern comforts.

Sounds like a dream, right? Still, you’ve not heard the best of it. Here are 11 unmissable things to do in Crete for seniors.

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Things to Do in Crete for Seniors

Crete for Seniors

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Boat cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa
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Best Things to Do in Crete for Senior Travelers

Are you still unsure whether Crete is the right island for you? Don’t worry! No matter your age, the island offers endless opportunities for an entertaining vacation filled with educational activities and life-enriching experiences. Take a look!

Taste Cretan Delicacies Like There’s No Tomorrow

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Let’s start with the number one activity you have in mind when visiting Crete: Food! Whichever corner you turn in Crete, you’ll never be far from a local Greek tavern.

If you make a wise choice, your meal will be as memorable as it can get. What does that mean? Do your research online, avoid excessively tourist spots, and ask locals for recommendations.

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If you want my advice, avoid all-inclusive packages, rent a car, and explore Crete freely. But if you book such a holiday package, still make some time to go out to a local tavern, at least a couple of times – you won’t regret it. 

When you have the choice, try special plates that catch your attention, such as wild-gathered snails or tsigariastó goat meat in the oven. Only then you’ll fully appreciate the beauty of Cretan cuisine

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Take Wine Tasting to the Next Level 

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Many elderly Cretan women and men jokingly attribute their longevity to a morning glass of wine or raki.

Whether that’s true or not, those grape-sourced drinks should be a constant companion to your dinners on the island. 

You might already be a fan of wine, but remember that raki is the national drink of Crete.

So, you’d be sinning against the Cretan gods of hospitality if you didn’t try this delicious drink at least once during your holidays. You’ll still have plenty of chances to join a wine-tasting tour everywhere in Crete.

>> Read more about the fantastic wines made in Heraklion here.

Take an Underwater Bus and Explore the Cretan Waters 

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(Courtesy: Get Your Guide).

An underwater window boat might be the best deal if you’re looking for a laid-back activity right after launch or breakfast.

Imagine a submarine-like structure with a bench in the middle where you sit and enjoy the scenery of underwater Crete. 

I’d call it a cheat snorkeling experience with live commentary in different languages. You can join this tour from the charming town of Agios Nikolaos.

Take a Boat Tour along the Cretan Coastline

Boat Trip Crete - Wooden Mole in Elafonisi.
Wooden mole in Elafonisi.

A boat trip will never disappoint you for a grander exploration of Cretan waters. There is simply nothing that compares to sailing the Aegean or Libyan Sea.

You can also visit the Cretan coastline, which has hidden caves and beaches. In short, a boat trip along the island’s coastline is a must-do experience for senior visitors to Crete.

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Whichever type of boat you have in mind, you’ll find it on the island.

Whether you fancy sailing in a yacht to Dia Island, a catamaran to view the northern coastline of Crete, or a sunset on a pirate boat for some fun on deck, your wish is Crete’s command.

Take a Boat from Chora Sfakion to the Charming Settlement of Loutro

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One sailing trip you should experience in Crete is the ferry from Chora Sfakion to the enchanting village of Loutro.

Many say the journey is more important than the destination, but I think this is an exception. Loutro is too stunning to compare with any other destination.

Loutro village, Loutro beach, Crete, South Crete, Sea, Mountains

Of course, the views of the southern rugged Cretan coastline will be unique, but wait until you spend a few hours or, even better, a night in the fairy-like village of Loutro.

We’re talking about a tranquil tiny paradise in a remote corner of Crete where cars are banned. Simply put, you’ll fall in love with the place.

Explore the Infamous Island of Spinalonga

Fortress sea view
Spinalonga Island.

Another boat trip you will surely cherish for decades is the excursion from Agios Nikolaos to Spinalonga.

You’ll be visiting a tiny island with an immense yet dark history, which has been an inspiration for a successful novel and TV series.

Spinalonga, the Leper colony and Fortified island, Crete

The Venetian fortress on the island has operated as a former leper station for which many tears have been shed.

There, locals were forced to dump their sick ones to live their shortened lives alone and with minimal support from the mainland. I’m sure a visit here will touch your soul like never before. 

Take a Glimpse of the Historic Glory of Crete

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Archaeological Site of Malia, Heraklion.

If you want to dig deeper into Crete’s history, prepare to be amazed by how much has happened in such a tiny corner of Greece.

Prehistoric caves, Minoan palaces and archaeological sites, mythological tales, glorious monasteries, Venetian fortresses, and WWII sites are spread throughout the island.

And that’s only a speck of the known history of Crete.

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Fortezza, Rethymnon.

Although you’ll need months to visit every archaeological venue or site of historic significance, I’d still recommend checking out a few places.

Unravel the Significance of Monasteries in Crete

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Arkadi Monastery, Rethymnon.

Monasteries are another big part of Cretan history, and visiting them can offer a unique insight into Cretan culture.

After all, monasteries such as Toplou, Preveli, or Arkadi were the main centers of spiritual and intellectual flourishing, not to mention their priceless support in the wars against Turks and Germans.

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Toplou Monastery, Lasithi.

On top of it all, today, many monks produce their own wine and local delicacies, such as olives, which you can purchase on-site.

Finally, check if you can join a tour to familiarize yourself with their habits. If that happens, you’ll be in for a treat.

Play Golf Like a Pro in Crete

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With all this exploring, you may fancy a good game of golf during your holiday. And thankfully, Crete has you covered as usual.

The island offers several golf courses, which, although often small compared to European standards, are well-maintained and easy to access.

If you’re looking for something grand, Hersonissos has an 18-hole course recently renovated to the highest standards in Europe, and that will not disappoint you!

Stay Late at Night on a Greek Festival

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If you’re lucky on your holiday dates and possibly willing to commute a bit, attending a Cretan festival can be the highlight of your vacation!

So, ask your host or hotel reception for local Greek festivals in the next few days.  

You’ll love sharing a table with other travelers or locals, tasting regional food and wine, and listening to live Cretan music. The picture of proud Cretans dancing before you will stay in your memories forever. 

>> Click here for an exciting Cretan folklore night with a buffet near Heraklion.

Spend a Day in the Mountains

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Spending a day in Crete’s White Mountains can offer a fulfilling and enriching experience that combines mild physical activity, natural beauty, cultural exploration, and relaxation. You will also immerse in local traditions, taste delicious food, visit historical sites, and learn about indigenous flora and fauna.

At the same time, this break from the hustle and bustle of the city center can be particularly relaxing at the peak of the season for you to recharge, de-stress, and avoid high temperatures!

Moreover, you probably already know that hiking and gentle mountain walks provide low-impact exercise opportunities that promote overall well-being!

>> Are you interested in visiting the White Mountains? I can take you there!
Check out my mountain tours and day trips here.

As you can see, if you’re interested in Greek holidays for individuals over 60, look no further than Crete.

The island’s beauty will captivate you from the first moment, and you’ll never run out of things to do. It’s a guarantee. Holidays in Crete for seniors will be a blast! 

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Are you dreaming of a getaway to Crete but feeling overwhelmed with planning?

  • You can join my Facebook Group, Things to Do in Crete, a friendly gathering of Crete enthusiasts.
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Don’t forget travel insurance!

Although Crete is a safe destination, getting travel insurance is like having a safety net for your adventures. Consider purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself and your loved ones from unexpected situations.

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More resources to enhance your Crete adventure

Start by checking out my ultimate guide to planning your trip to Crete, packed with helpful essential information. Explore the articles on prices in Crete, common mistakes to avoid, and insider secrets for an unforgettable experience.

When it’s time to plan, explore the best places to visit on Crete Island, discover my tours and activities, and be amazed at Crete’s incredible beaches. If you are exploring specific areas like Heraklion, Rethymnon, Lasithi, and Chania, I’ve got detailed guides to help you make the most of your time.

Suggested accommodation in Crete

No time to read all my accommodation guides? Check out these places to stay:

More useful travel resources

  • Check out all the digital travel guides I’ve specifically written about Crete. They are affordable and practical to check from your mobile.
  • Find convenient ferry tickets with Ferryhopper.
  • Welcome Pickups offers a convenient pre-paid airport transfer service, while Discover Cars is my favorite engine for finding a rental car on the island.
  • To book adventures, tours, and cultural experiences, I recommend Get Your Guide for its flexible cancellation policy.
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Written by Dimitrios Tsevremes
Passionate about travel, spirituality, and sports, Dimi divides his time between Chania (Crete) and other countries. Writing is a way for him to express himself and his creativity. You can find out more about him and his work here.

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Gabi Ancarola

I have lived in Chania, Crete, since 2016. As a local, I have an intimate knowledge of the Crete. I host culinary and concierge tours and experiences in Crete and write about the island for several travel media. During the last five years, I have helped many travelers plan the perfect holiday in Crete. I co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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