Crete comes with can’t-beat swathes of beach-blanketed coastline to complete every holiday snap. You’re sure to find the perfect spot, whether you’re after superb sandy stretches for sunbathing, rocky coves for snorkelling or wind-swept waters for surfing. Aghios Nikolaos, Hersonissos and Malia compete for the best patches!
The great outdoors
Epic canyons, forested riversides and rugged peaks make Crete a playground for outdoorsy types. Hiking’s a firm favourite here, with trails snaking through sleepy villages and past secluded beaches. Prefer aquatic adventures? Head beneath the surface on a diving expedition – there are lots of ancient wrecks to discover.
Foodies, rejoice. Crete’s a culinary haven – and thought to be the home of the best food in Greece! Herbs, wild greens, honey, cheese, fish and olive oil are just some of the fresh local produce used to embellish dishes like pies and roast lamb. Did we mention drinks? The local white wine’s a winner, but, if you’re brave, try the island’s famed tipple, raki – a fiery type of brandy!