Crete is not only the largest of all the Greek islands but it is also one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece and it is easy to see why. It is a magical combination of beautiful beaches, ancient treasures and true natural beauty complemented by charming towns and villages, where you can share this beautiful island’s local traditions, lifestyle and cuisine.
Crete is a beautiful island where you can trek through Europe’s longest gorge, hike to the cave where Zeus was born or simply relax on many of the island’s stunning beaches. The island has four prefectures, each with their own distinct appeal and charm so if you have time, it is highly recommended that you explore them all: Chania, Rethymno, Lasithi and the capital Heraklion. Enjoy a meal and a stroll along the beautiful Old Venetian Harbour in Chania, discover the countless churches and mosques in Rethymno’s Old Town, or marvel at the Venetian town walls in Lasithi.
As with many of the Greek islands, there is a wide assortment of places to stay with larger resorts packed full of family fun to quieter, tranquil villages where you can get a truly authentic taste of island life. The beautiful resort of Elounda where you can stroll along its beautiful harbours, eat in traditional Greek taverns and enjoy its emerald waters is just one option. Furthermore each year, big crowds of young travellers head to Malia due to its beautiful beaches, fantastic water sports and activities, wild nightlife and its easy going spirit.
If you are based in Heraklion, make sure to visit the Palace of Knossos as it’s one of the most amazing sightseeing experiences in the world and without a doubt, the most significant attraction in Crete. Bursting with modern bars, nightclubs as well as more traditional pubs and taverns, the city will keep you going both day and night. In other words, you will never be bored in Crete!