From the idyllic east to the wild west
Crete is at once a paradise and a paradox. It’s one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations, but one of the least spoilt. It’s home to infamous ‘party resorts’, as well as intimate boutique hotels. Crete's got snow-capped peaks and perilous gorges, as well as some of Europe’s best beaches.
It’s an island with enough room for even the biggest imaginations to run riot. You could play Indiana Jones and go treasure hunting at ancient sites like Knossos or Phiastos. Unleash your inner Bear Grylls and hike rugged gorges. Or get the true ‘Greek goddess’ treatment at one of the island’s super-luxurious spas.
To really get to know both sides of this large island, it’s best to have two bases – one east of the capital Heraklion, the other on the west coast. That way, you can cover a lot of ground, without running out of steam.