Things to do
The natural beauty of Crete is one of the reasons why so many people visit the island. Mountain ranges, gorges and caves are dotted around, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to go exploring. Whether you take a four-by-four off-road vehicle or get your hiking boots on, the views on offer are spectacular either way.
Crete is thought to be one of the most popular destinations for tourists visiting Greece, with fifteen per cent of all arrivals coming through Crete's capital of Heraklion. One of the things that makes Crete such a tempting holiday destination is its variety. You can find top of the range, luxury hotels as much as you will come across camp sites and family-owned apartments. Popular for everything from honeymoons to family holidays, Crete keeps everyone happy.
If you want to get some culture, visit the various archaeological sites of the Minoan civilisation. You can also go to the Venetian castle at Rethymno and the gorge of Samaria. If you want a day of relaxing, visit the Palm Beach of Vai, thought to be the largest natural palm forest in Europe.
If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, Crete offers the opportunity to go bungee jumping. Launch yourself off a bridge for the holiday experience of a lifetime. Horse riding is another option that follows set trails and offers child-friendly rides as well.
If you want to take in a bit more of Crete than just your hotel complex, hire a car and drive out to the mountains. Pack a picnic and spend the day walking around the countryside, taking in the sunshine and the views. You'll be sure to get a good tan with the Greek weather typically being hot and sunny.
The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is worth a visit if you want to see artefacts from the Minoan era and there are monasteries scattered around the island that are great for exploring. The sea surrounding Crete is full of sealife, making it ideal for divers.
For the more relaxed holidaymaker, Crete has some brilliant spas that are worth checking out. If you fancy massages, hydro-treatments, facials and wraps, you'll be sure to find everything you need in these luxurious treatment centres.
Boat excursions are a regular occurrence on the island, giving you the opportunity to visit neighbouring islands or just get a tour of Crete itself. Pirate ships visit the caves while other boats will take you on fishing trips, beach trips and beach-hopping snorkelling trips.