Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and offers plenty of variety. This slice of the world is perfect for families, history-lovers, beach enthusiasts and party animals. Once you've picked Crete as your destination, you'll have to choose between the region's two airports and areas: Heraklion and Chania. Read on to learn a little more about the area and why Crete should be your next getaway.
The island has a rich history stretching back 4,000 years, much of our society today is inspired by the Minoans and Ancient Greeks. Those who love Greek mythology should visit the Palace of Knossos considered to be the home of the Minotaur. Chania has a lovely old town with a distinct Venetian feel. Crete is a massive island which gives it 650 miles of coastline, so there are plenty of stunning beaches to enjoy. For something Instagram worthy visit Elafonisi beach which has pink sand, and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Nature-lovers should head inland and hike Samaria gorge. Rethymnon area also has fabulous beaches and is popular with families. There are plenty of watersports to try out when you're tired of sunbathing. It's a 16 km walk through picturesque mountains and if you're lucky you'll spot the endangered kri-kri goats on the cliffs above. Those who want to dance the night away should stay in Malia, Crete's party resort.