Crete is one of the most popular charter destinations in Europe. The three largest cities on Crete is Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon.
But we rarely travel to Crete for a city break, it’s probably the mile long beaches and warm weather which tempts most of us. And it is not without reason, if it’s something you will find plenty of its sandy beaches with fine sand and clear water. If you go a little beyond the most popular beaches are also very nice to go snorkelling. Around Rethymnon, you can even come across some sea turtles if you’re lucky.
The towns scattered around Crete are full of narrow streets and alleyways with cafe’s, restaurants and bars. Among the specialities in Greece you will of course find the Greek salad, but also the less known Crepes. At Creperias you can buy sweet or salt crepes, which are similar to pancakes. Absolutely worth a taste.
Although easy to forget, Crete is not only beaches and sun bathing, the island also has significant historical value.
The Knossos is one of the most important remnants of ancient times in all of Europe. It is believed to be Europe’s first large city with more than 100.000 inhabitants. Building of the Palace was allegedly started by King Minos 1900 years BC and covered an area of about 15.000 square metres. It was also here the legend of the Minotaur in the labyrinth originated.
Another way of visiting Crete is what we refer to as “island hopping”. Between the islands of Greece multiple ferries go around dropping off and picking up new travellers. Cretan Lines being a popular choice. All in all, Crete can offer something for most of us and we would absolutely recommend a visit to “the island where the sun always shines”, as they say.