Rich in history and culture and renowned for its good food.
Crete has matured as a holiday destination and now offers some truly excellent villas.
But drag yourself away from such cosseted comforts and you’re quickly rewarded. Natural attractions come thick and fast, from palm-treed pebble beaches and crystal-clear lagoons to broad-backed mountains, undulating hillsides blanketed in olive groves, vineyards and wildflowers, and the longest ravine in Europe, Samaria Gorge.
Such natural beauty is equalled only by Crete’s rich history, brought to life across the island in Turkish mosques, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches and cryptic Minoan ruins.