The island of Crete is the largest Greek island, and quite possibly the most unique. It is not quite as alluring as Santorini or Mykonos. However, in Crete it is possible to step into small towns and villages where the 10,000th tourist of the day has yet to arrive by tour bus. While exploring the island we rented a car and were able to snap dozens of beautiful photos, enjoy traditional Cretan meals, fantastic wine, sweeping views, ancient ruins, and isolated bays. Even photos of Crete do not do it justice.
It is a beautiful island that requires some work to crack into its hidden gems.
Experiencing Crete requires escaping the mass tourism on the northern beaches of the island. All inclusive resorts, major hotels, beach bars, “Tavernas,” ATV rentals, and mega clubs all dominate this region as do many visiting Europeans who are anything, but Greek. However, with effort Crete holds some wonderful sights to be seen and experienced.
Want More of Crete? We put together a detailed guide to experience the most of the island nation.