Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and delivers everything you might want from a Greek holiday, from remote secluded beaches to a busy night life. Areas of the island are quite built up and it feels like it could be a country in itself. In fact, it is one of the only islands that could probably survive without tourism, thanks to its farming industry. Crete has the longest summer in Greece and you can expect to enjoy warm sunshine from early May until late October. However, the famous northerly wind is particularly strong here in August.
Crete is famed for being the home of Europe’s earliest advanced society, the Minoans, who ruled over the Aegean 4000 years ago. Throughout the course of the country’s history, it has been occupied and ruled by many civilisations from both Europe and Asia and so history lovers will enjoy exploring the Island.Irakilon is probably the most developed and most densely populated area of the island, with the greatest tourist infrastructure.
Hania, on the western side of the island is famous for its white mountains and national park. It is less built up than Irakilon but oozes style and tradition. Beautiful boutique hotels can be found in this area and its mountainous regions are unspoilt by tourism. East you will find the region of Lasithi, which includes Agios Nikolaos, a spot well loved by tourists but with a more relaxed feel than other areas. Lasithi has some fantastic restaurants and accommodation and the region has plenty of history as well as outdoor adventure to explore. Finally, Rethymnon has a beautiful and well preserved old town, whilst the region has some specatular scenery to explore, including great beaches, caves, gorges and Crete’s highest peak.