Crete’s handsome shores have lulled visitors for years – when picturing the perfect island getaway, Crete is up there with its floury beaches and cerulean seas. Though Crete has a bounty of sandy treasures to enjoy, there are plenty of other seductions away from the sands. As Greece’s largest island there is a rich mix of history and culture and a deep-grained heritage that is as remarkable as the ever-changing landscape on the island.
Beaches and sand hopping aside, there are dramatic hilltop artisan villages, romantic Roman ruins, and mighty Minoan palaces – all providing a true sense of Crete’s roots. But, if you’d rather just plonk yourself down on the island’s sultry sands, at least try the candy-coloured ones at surreal Elafonissi beach. Here are the eight best things to do in Crete.
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