The largest of the Greek islands,
Crete is a land of myth and history, of dramatic mountains, fertile valleys and glorious beaches.
At the same time sophisticated and elemental, Crete is unique. Rich in its physical contrasts, the island has always been the source of legend and adventure.
Fascinating archaeological remains are sited all over the island, from the colourful reinvention of Knossos to the arid mystery of Phaestos. Three separate mountain ranges riven with spectacular gorges and rivers stretch from west to east, with lush valleys falling to a varied coast of small fishing villages and magnificent sandy beaches.
An absorbing mix of Minoan, Venetian and Turkish architecture, the island’s towns weave together palaces, churches, castles, and minarets
alongside the bustle of markets, cafes and tavernas.
Lake Kournas is a haven for wildlife,
the Samaria and Imbros Gorges will test the more intrepid explorers. Argiroupolis has Roman tombs and mosaics surrounded by small waterfalls.
Many of the villages specialise in individual crafts - traditional furniture makers, basket makers, glassblowers and lace makers.