Crete is the largest of all the Greek isalnds and enjoys a history dating right back to the Minoan Period of 2600 BC. Stunning landscapes, traditional villages and intriguing ancient sites combined with excellent beaches and some fine accommodation with plenty of activities, to make Crete a memorable holiday destination for all the family. Western Crete is dominated by the stunning White Mountains, home of the famous Samaria Gorge, and the Omolos Plateau. On the north-west coast lays the very pretty, unspoilt town of Chania. Chania is the greenest of the four prefectures and has a number of excellent beaches. Heraklion, the island’s capital lies almost at the centre of the north coast. This has all the lively entertainment, shops and nightlife one would expect of a large city as well as Greece’s most-visited historic sites (Knossos). To the east of Heraklion is the town of Hersonissos, offering some of the best beaches in Crete. Not far from Hersonissos is Sissi, a small, quiet resort with an attractive harbour, and further east respectively, lies the picturesque fishing villages of Elounda, and Ayios Nikolaos. Elounda, the smaller of the two, retains plenty of character and charm and boasts some excellent fish tavernas. A worthwhile boat trip from here is to Spinalonga Island, once a leper colony. Its neighbour, Ayios Nikolaos is rather livelier in the high season.