The largest and most populated Greek island, Crete is an impressive landmass in the Mediterranean. People have flocked here for centuries, basking in the warm sun. There are mountains and forests, all leading down to the spectacular beaches. Just offshore, there are a number of islets and islands worth careful exploration. Some were once important pirate haunts.
The history in Crete is tangible, with primordial ruins around every corner. The island has played an important role in Greece’s past, and is found in ancient texts dating back millennia. Zeus himself was said to be born in caves on the island.
Today, more than 600,000 people live on the island, and the capital city of Heraklion is a booming metropolis. It is worth venturing into the many cities, towns, and villages that dot the countryside, giving yourself a fuller appreciation of the island.
Explore ancient cities and go to world class museums during your trip to Crete. Some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world are found on these shores, and the fishing is unmatched.
For a swell day trip, head to the Botanical Park of Crete in Chania Town. This park comes highly recommended, and is quite impressively maintained.
You can either fly onto the island, or take the ferry from Piraeus. You can also ferry in from Italy, or from Peloponnese and the Cyclades.