Best affordable European Wedding and Honeymoon Destination
Why go to Crete
Sandy beaches hide among soaring mountains, palm tree forests grow in the middle of sprawling plains, bustling modern cities share coastlines with centuries-old structures. And speaking of cities in Crete, they reflect the people that came before.
The streets are lined with architecture mirroring the styles of the Minoans, the Venetians and the Ottomans, as well as contemporary Greeks. Despite the visible contradictions, this island maintains a sense of unity, felt whenever you step onto the street, dine at a local tavern, or enjoy a glass of raki at a sidewalk café.
Crete's experiences are as assorted as its history, so take some time to decide what type of vacation you're looking for before you set anything in stone. For an urban setting with a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, consider staying along the northern coast in Chania or Heraklion. Those who prefer the great outdoors should head to Rethymnon or Agios Nikolaos for the many beautiful beaches.
Now that you’ve tied the knot, celebrate your newlywed status with an unforgettable trip to Crete. For an oh-so-romantic retreat that’s not attached to a steep price tag. U.S.News ranked the Best Affordable European Wedding and Honeymoon Destinations based on the opinions of industry experts, editors and everyday travelers.
“If there was one word to describe the Greek island of Crete, it would be diverse”