Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and has everything from delicious food to historic sites, charming villages and beautiful beaches like Balos and Elafonissi. The northern coasts of the island have more tourism facilities, while the southern coasts offer more peaceful, secluded environments.
Located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea, Crete’s history stretches back millennia, which visitors can learn more about at ancient sites like the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Heraklion, which is said to be the source of the myth of the labyrinth and the minotaur.
The western region of Chania is dominated by the high White Mountains, while the city of Chania is known for its Venetian architecture. Heraklion, the most densely populated part of the island, is known for its archeological treasure and great gastronomy scene. Rethymno is considered one of the island’s most beautiful regions, with stunning mountain landscapes dotted with small traditional villages, while Lasithi, to the east, is known for being home to the palm tree forest of Vaï and lots of luxurious resorts.
|Area (km2)||8.336 km2|