The largest of the Greek islands by far, Crete offers all the ingredients for the ideal holiday: sun, beaches, delicious food, natural beauty, quiet villages, lively resorts, plus history and legend to stir the imagination.
Flights to Crete land at either Heraklion Airport (HER), halfway along the huge stretch of north coast, or Chania Airport (CHQ), which is located in the north west. Flight times from the UK are around three and a half hours.
Legend has it that Crete is the birthplace of Zeus, father of Gods, ruler of the Olympians, god of sky and thunder, and an all round fearsome chap by all accounts.
One thing for certain is that Crete was the centre of Minoan civilisation, the world's earliest advanced culture. Evidence of this rather important claim to fame can be found at Knossos and at other sites around the island.
Visitors will find a modern culture that takes care of its ancient roots, while nurturing more recent developments, such as mass tourism.
Tourists really are spoiled for choice in Crete. From Heraklion Airport, the northern resorts of Hersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Gouves, Koutouloufari, and Sissi can be reached easily.
Further east Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are pleasant coastal towns. Trips to the now-deserted island of Spinalonga, one of Europe's last leper colonies, are frequent from the area.
Out west, and best served with flights to Chania Airport, are the resorts of Rethymnon, Plakias and Chania Town.
Samaria Gorge can also be found in the western half of Crete. Designated a national park, the gorge shows off the power of nature at its magnificent best and tourists flock to see the wonder.
Family holidays are catered for wherever you choose to stay in Crete. Watery spills and thrills can be found at WaterCity aquatic park near Heraklion.
Party animals will be most at home in the neon-lit resorts of Hersonissos, Malia and, with a slightly quieter revelry volume, Rethymnon.
Car hire is ideal to navigate around the island. Both airports offer car hire options and buses and taxis are available for airport transfers if you don't want to have your own wheels.
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