The largest of the Greek islands, Crete is a spacious land of pleasing contrasts where landscapes range from stunning coastline to rugged mountains and rolling countryside dotted with olive trees. Bustling metropolitan cities spread beyond to quiet villages centered around outdoor coffee shops. Steeped in history, Crete still bears archaeological traces of the many civilizations that inhabited it down through the centuries.
Crete is comprised of four main regions that include Heraklion, Chania, Lasithi and Rethymno. As the largest city and capital of the island, Heraklion is the most populated. Heraklion is where tourists can explore ancient ruins and legendary palaces as well as watch football games and party the night away.
Chania is a handsome blend of old and new from its Venetian Old Town and beautiful harbor to its scenic public parks, vibrant marketplace and sports arena. With its abundance of art galleries, museums and theaters, Chania is Crete’s arts and culture capital.
Lasithi is home to the luxurious village of Elounda, which is popular among famous celebrities. The Happy Train journey here takes tourists on an unforgettable scenic ride. Rethymno draws crowds to its well-preserved old town and summer wine festival.
While visiting Crete, tourists may want to indulge in the island’s healthy Mediterranean diet of fresh vegetables, fruits and fish as well as its favorite alcoholic drink, called raki.