Archaeology and mythology go up against sparking blue seas and soft sandy beaches when it comes to the best of Crete. Knossos and Phaistos calls people from across the seas but then so do photos of the coastline and those quintessential Greek island villages. But being the centre of the ancient Minoan civilization wins out for me. This is the stuff of the Minotaur, Icarus, Theseus and King Minos as recounted by Homer. The remains of this civilization, the ruins and mosaics unearthed are quite grand and what people resounding think of as civilized.
In addition to the history and coastline Crete also has a picturesque interior of rocky mountains and gorges and fertile plains. And temperate weather. It is the second largest island in the Mediterranean.
We know a total of 36 attractions in Crete. See all Crete attractions.
A journey along the south western edge of Crete is ideal for beach and sun loving history and archaeology enthusiasts.
Most people come to Crete to crash land in the sand of one of Crete's pretty resorts, but to get the most of the island you need to look into its past.
The Cyclades islands have it all, not just the sunshine and scenery, and two weeks island hopping here is the stuff of dreams.