Ordinary opening hours of shops are Monday to Saturday 9am–2 pm. Most shops stay open until 6pm around 8pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as well. Tourist shops are usually open all day, every day. Supermarkets stay open from 8 am to 8 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Beware of what you bring home, especially souvenirs made of plants or animals and pirate copies. Learn more here.
Things worth buying on Crete
Shoes, leather articles and jewellery are examples of things worth bringing home from Crete. The price of gold is often lower than in the UK. In Rethymnon there are many jewellers, but prices and quality vary greatly. If you want to buy a piece of jewellery for someone you like, or perhaps have a personalized ring made, we recommend Aperitton, a store run by Anne Marie from Sweden and her Greek husband. They guarantee good quality at a reasonable price. You will find Aperitton in the center, close to the Town hall.
Why not visit one of the traditional markets? Everything from live chickens to shoes is for sale. And even if you are not in a shopping mood, it is worth a visit for the spectacle.
Tuesday 8.30 am to 1 pm.
Saturday 8.30 am to 1 pm.
Wednesday 8.30 am to 1 pm.
Thursday & Saturday 8.30 to 1 pm. The market is down in the harbour, several kilometres long. Walk or take a taxi from the bus station. The easiest way of getting to Heraklion is by car or local bus.
Shopping in Makrigialos
In Makrigialos, there are lots of tourist shops where you can buy anything from clothes, shoes and accessories, to leather, silver- and gold jewellery, books and souvenirs. All shops stay open from around 10 am to 11 pm. In the two closest towns; Ierapetra and Sitia, there are even more shops, which however, stay closed on Sundays. Several days every week you can also go bargain hunting in the markets! In Makrigialos there is one on Friday mornings, in Ierapetra on Saturday mornings and in Sitia on Tuesday mornings.