Minoan Palace at Knossos
This internationally-famous and important palace is where the Minotaur roamed the labyrinth, and was the epicentre of ancient Minoan culture.
Explore the wilderness
From hiking tours in the White Mountains to gentler routes along the unspoilt southern coastline, Crete is perfect if you love hiking, mountain biking and outdoor adventures. Check out Imbros Gorge, or the gorgeous Valley of the Dead.
There are so many to choose from, you could visit a beach a day for the whole of your stay and still come back again for more.
‘Ancient trees’ island tour
Crete’s natural wonders include many ancient trees, some of which are over 2,000 years old. A ‘tree tour’ is a great way to see unexplored spots you might otherwise miss.
The island has more than 3,000 caves, including one where St Paul is said to have lived and preached, and others that are not so famous but equally dramatic.
This Venetian fortress was occupied by the Turks, has been a leper colony, was the setting for Victoria Hislop's book 'The Island', and is today a popular tourist spot.
Crete’s fabulous ancient history has been well-preserved, and you can explore it in detail at one of the many museums across the island. Look out for ‘Folklore’ or ‘Traditional houses’ in the smaller villages, which are small, local museums that can be just as fascinating as the big ones in Chania and Heraklion.