The island of Crete offers a true mix of what a Greek holiday is all about. For the beach lovers, you have a spectacular selection of beaches dotted all over the island, ranging from Vai’s Blue Flag beach on the northern tip to the stunning Elafonisi Beach on the island’s southernmost tip.

For the culture vultures, Crete is awash with ancient sites for you to explore due to the island’s rich history. A trip to Crete wouldn’t be complete without exploring Europe’s oldest city, Knossos. And a boat trip to the tiny island and former leper colony of Spinalonga is an absolute must.

Then for the adventurers among you, Crete has plenty to offer for you too. Don’t forget to leave enough room in your suitcase for your walking boots as you’ll be needing them to embark on an unforgettable trek through the Samaria Gorge.

1. Balos Beach

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise as you venture to Crete’s Balos Beach. You’ll be greeted with turquoise waters and white sands as you arrive by ferry from Kissamos, or on foot from the carpark above.
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4. Trek Samaria Gorge

The breathtaking gorge of Samaria is situated in the heart of Crete’s National Park of Samaria and is widely known for its outstanding natural beauty.
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