Apart from being one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean (some 200 miles from east to west), Crete is also one of the most beautiful. Scenically, the contrasts are stupendous – magnificent mountain ranges along the entire island; lovely beaches; attractive, unspoilt villages; and wild flowers everywhere, particularly in May when the island is ablaze with colour.
Sightseeing is a delight. Apart from the ancient site at Knossos, which needs little introduction, there’s the must-see Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, the island of Spinalonga, Ierapetra, Europe’s most southerly town, Sitia, with its long, sandy beach, and the famous Samaria Gorge. Crete is also ideal for a hiring a car for a few days to explore vast expanses of its hinterland which the average visitor rarely sets eyes on. It’s easy to understand why people return, year after year, to this, one of Greece’s most splendid islands.