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A Visit To The Cretaquarium, Crete
Cretaquarium, Crete

With over 50,000 animals from across the world, there can never be a shortage of incredible things to see in an Aquarium.

My husband and I, we are fans of aquariums of any kind and size. Indeed, this was the reason why we chose to visit Cretaquarium.

The Cretaquarium

This is a public aquarium located near the town of Gournes in Crete, Greece, 15 km east of the city of Heraklion.

CretAquarium, Crete
CretAquarium, Crete

It is rather small but again it emphasizes on Mediterranean sea life. A must see if you want to have an idea of the Mediterranean sea life.

What to Expect

CretAquarium, Crete
CretAquarium, Crete

Certainly, this aquarium is well maintained and well laid out. There is also sufficient information available in several languages.

CretAquarium, Crete

The tanks allow great visibility and you can take quite some time just watching the fish cruise around.

CretAquarium , Crete


Mind you, taking a closer look in an aquarium has its rewards. In sense that you might see something you’ve never noticed before or learn something new about one of your favorite marine animals, or discover an entirely new creature that you’ve never seen before.


The species of fish

Cretaquarium has many species of fish, sharks, octopus, mussels, turtles, just to mention but a few. Some species are indigenous to the Mediterranean sea and can be seen in the wild whilst out snorkeling, and others are from different seas giving a good variety.


My favorite part is the half circular tank which allow a variety of vantage points for viewing the sharks.


The beach 100m from the Cretaquarium

We then headed to the beach which is just some meters away. This took us through a derelict military base. It was an interesting and eerie walk for us. 

The beach, 100 m  from the Cretaquarium
The beach, 100 m from the Cretaquarium

The sandy beach which is about 100 meters away. has very clean and warm water. But I have to mention that there are no special facilities for instance the changing rooms and washrooms.

A Travel Quote

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.” ― Randy Pausch

Some Tips

  • It is easily accessible through the public transport, although you will need to make a 15 minute walk to get to the aquarium
  • There is a big parking lot and it’s free
  • There is sea food restaurant next to the Cretaquarium

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