For natural landscapes, virtually the whole coastline is dramatic and inspiring, and there are spectacular mountain ranges, dramatic gorges and a vast fertile interior plain. The east boasts Europe's only palm-tree forest beach, and the south coast has some of the Mediterranean's most stunning beaches and isolated coves. Cretan music and culture are easy to find (Cretans will find any excuse for a celebration) and there are many mountain villages where shepherds in traditional costume still tend their flocks. An abundance of fresh produce makes Cretan cuisine particularly distinctive – in fact Cretan food is renowned for its life-prolonging qualities!
Crete features some excellent luxury resorts for families, but if you're travelling as a couple you should take a closer look at the magical Blue Palace in Elounda.
Crete Holiday Highlights
Knossos Palace – spectacular remains showing the creativity of the Cretan Minoan civilisation
Cretaquarium in Iraklion, and the Watercity water park
The Archaeological Museum in Iraklion
Spectacular Samaria Gorge
The fascinating island of Spinalonga, as featured in Victoria Hislop's bestseller, The Island
Local country festivals (paniyíria), wine festivals, and religious celebrations held in the cities and in rural churches – you'll always be made welcome!
For kids - Cretaquarium in Iraklion, and the Watercity water park
Aghios Nikolaos - an international resort that welcomes thousands of visitors annually
Sitia town – see the historic fortress, waterfront esplanade and delightful beach
Traditional villages - Limnes, Zenia, Exo Potami, Prina, Mesa and Exo Lakonia
Golf - a 9-hole course at the Porto Elounda resort, and Crete Golf Club, an 18-hole, full facilities golf course, 45 km from Agios Nikolaos
The blissful, 5* family friendly Daios Cove Luxury Resort, within easy reach of its own beach and of Agios Nikolaos