"A beautiful island, which combines a rich history, delicious food, a thriving nightlife and spectacular natural scenery to create the perfect holiday."
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete combines spectacular natural scenery, with a fascinating history, incredible folklore and stunning culinary tradition, to create a holiday experience to excite and delight in equal measure. Its golden beaches and azure waters are an obvious draw and it is ideal for people who want to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday. However, Crete, is so much more than just a beach destination, it is bound by the myth being the birthplace of Zeus and home of the Minotaur. It is also the birthplace of the famous Minoan culture, which dominated the area until disaster struck and caused the Bronze Age Collapse.
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, ideal for family and romantic holidays. 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. Crete is also famous for its amazing food, steep mountains and unique flora and fauna. Crete is a holiday destination that will surely appeal and dazzle its travellers and caters to each and every taste.