Crete is a fascinating island of the refined Minoan civilization with fine beaches and traditional inland towns in the mountains. It is an island of a mysterious past with mountainous landscapes filled with olive trees, huge cliffs, hidden towns, solitary beaches and welcoming people who are fond of good cuisine.
Crete has it all: you will find Minoan settlements near the eastern coast; in the western part of the island you’ll fall under the spell of the beautiful port of Chania and its polychrome houses, a reference point for access to the westernmost beaches, and the Samariá Gorge. Archaeological sites, Venetian fortresses, Turkish mosques and Byzantine churches are set in the midst of spectacular natural surroundings combining mountains, beaches, hills covered with olive trees, vineyards and forest flowers. Crete is the site of the longest gorge in Europe, Samaria, and there are lagoons with crystal clear waters and beaches such as Preveli, of a Caribbean air and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the isolated, magical beach of Elafonisi.
Those who are fond of remote history will be seduced by neighboring islands such as Delos, with one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece and the sacred center of the Cyclades Islands. There are also the rugged Carpathians, in particular the enclave of Olymbos, where people continue to speak a Greek dialect with ancient Doric elements.
I think Crete is well worth a visit—don’t you agree?
“The IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Group has 2 hotels on the island of Crete, with 4 and 5 stars and the option of an All Inclusive package. These hotels provide visitors with everything they need on vacation on this Greek island: a complete culinary offer with all kinds of bars and restaurants, an entertainment program ranging from relax at a spa to the adrenalin of activities such as water skiing, plus sports you can play at the hotel facilities such as tennis.”