Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the entire Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its varied terrains, ranging from its fine white sand beaches to the rugged White Mountains. The history of the island ties into Greece’s infamous ancient mythology and it’s reported to be the birthplace of Zeus, the god of the sky and the leader of the Olympian gods. Crete is like its own small universe, full of natural beauty and unique treasures making it the most popular Greek island for holidaymakers to visit.

History and culture

The island of Crete offers a wealth of traditional Greek culture and is arguably one of the most historically rich islands in the world. Crete is a huge contributor to Greece’s tourist economy, with different ancient and historical sites to be discovered around every corner. You won’t fail to be amazed by all that there is to learn about this popular holiday resort. Who knew that you could be visiting the oldest city in Europe on your next holiday? Well a visit to Knossos will see you doing just that.

Great nightlife

Crete’s nightlife has something to offer for everyone. Evening meals in local restaurants are a big hit and your Thomas Cook rep will be more than willing to direct you to the best places that serve Greek gyros and souvlaki. It’s the perfect way to start a night out. Crete is home to some of the best clubs and bars across the Greek islands. Many of these are kept open until the early hours of the morning, giving you the best possible experience of Crete’s nightlife. The party animals among you should be sure to visit Malia, one of the biggest clubbing destinations in Europe.

Beaches and scenery

Aside from the history and nightlife, Crete is also home to what everyone looks for in their summer holiday: excellent beaches. The island has stunning, sandy beaches offering prime spots to obtain that golden holiday glow and crystal clear waters to cool off in when the sun’s at its hottest. But that’s not all that Crete’s coast has to offer. There’re also a number of fascinating caves to be explored, such as the huge man-made caves at Matala Beach.