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Endless Beaches, Ancient Sites and Splendid Landscapes

The natural beauty of Crete's rugged coastline and long sandy beaches mixed with a rich ancient history attract thousands of holidaymakers each year. It is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.
The island is divided into four prefectures: Chania, Heraklion, Rethymnon and Lassithi which all have their own share of charming villages, harbours, beautiful beaches, ruins and entertainment. 
Its remarkable history is evident across the island, from the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos to the Venetian fortresses of Rethymo; from old mosques and Byzantine monasteries to the cave that is the legendary birthplace of Zeus. The Venetian port of Hania in Western Crete is one of Greece’s most evocative cities and the capital, Iraklio, is a dynamic city, the fifth largest in Greece.
During your visit to Crete, it would be impossible not to set foot on a beach and there are plenty to choose from. Most people head for the popular beaches of Stalis, Malia and Hersonissos, but if you want to venture further a field and find your own piece of paradise look south-east where there is an abundance of sleepy fishing villages and beautiful bays.
Wherever you are staying on the island, there's a lot more to see and experience than just the beaches and bars. The dramatic scenery of the White Mountains for example in Western Crete is home to the Samaria Gorge National Park one of the islands most popular attractions and Europe's longest gorge. More info


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