Mythical and unspoiled, this island between Europe and Africa is unlike any other.
Its lively, animated capital, Heraklion, is rich in picturesque squares that you can leisurely explore. The city is home to a fine Archaeological Museum that you should visit before setting out in the tracks of the Minotaur at Knossos, or to admire the unforgettable panorama at the site of Phaistos.
If you fancy a road trip, hire a car and explore the island from Byzantine monastery to chapel, stopping wherever you like on the way.
Linger for a while on the north coast, in the Venetian ports of Rethymnon and the exquisite Hania, further west. The east of the island is reminiscent of the French Riviera, between Agios Nikolaos, famous for its nightlife and the fabulous beaches of the Vai palm grove and Ambelos. Hikers will trek off to the highest gorges of Europe, Samaria. There is indeed no lack of good ideas to go on holiday to Crete.
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