Greece's largest island, Crete is known for its deep history, thrilling landscape, gorgeous beaches, and some of the kindest people you'll ever meet. Among Greeks, Cretans are famed for their dignity, courage, hospitality, and lust for life. Crete was once home to the Minoans, a Bronze Age civilization whose seafaring traders made possible its artistic and architectural achievements, which you can still see today, especially at Knossos Palace. Since then, the island's numerous rulers are evident through its Roman ruins, impressive Venetian fortresses, charming Ottoman mosques, and the masterpieces of the Cretan Renaissance.
Crete's nature is striking and diverse. The lesser-known region of Lassithi boasts a plethora of adrenaline-pumping experiences as well as some of the island’s most jaw-dropping beaches, such as Chrysi Island. Crete is also home to two caves claiming to be Zeus' birthplace. There are plenty of opportunities here for caving, hiking, birdwatching, and scuba diving, including in the ruins of the sunken ancient city of Olous.
Crete is a feast for all the senses. Lovers of culinary pleasures will be amazed by the bountiful flavors produced in Crete, renowned for its healthy cuisine. The culinary traditions and fragrant olive oil, produced from among the world's oldest olive trees, honor the island’s unique heritage. Crete is one of those places that will capture your heart, which will whisper for you to return, and perhaps you will!