About island: Crete

•    What to see: the largest Greek island in the Aegean Sea.
•    Where to go: Greece. Aegean Sea to the south of the continent
•    Season: June-October. High season: September-October
•    Sightseeing: Knossos Palace (former maze of the Minotaur), Samaria Gorge, Playa Beach
•    Popular resorts: Agios Nicolaos, Chania, Rethymno   
•    Travel time: 1-2 weeks
•    Recreation types: beach-related rest, island tours

The largest Greek island of Mediterranean Sea has long become a popular European resort. It has everything you can need for good and exciting vacations. Clean sandy beaches are stretched along the entire coast, and most part of the year water is warm enough for bathing. On the northern coast there are many resorts where everyone can find a hotel to one's taste and means.

If you are fond of history, Crete is the cradleland of one of the oldest civilization in the world and the most ancient civilization in Europe. Several thousand years ago the power of king Minos spun a considerable part of the Mediterranean Area. Though he is mostly famous for the Palace of Knossos, the maze of which was inhabited by the Minotaur.

Agios Nicolaos, Rethymno and Chania are the largest resorts of Crete. The capital of Crete, Heraklion, has also many hotels, but it is a fairly large city to be a good resort.

If you prefer quiet vacations in comfortable hotels and deliberate evening strolls along the embankment, you should go to Agios Nicolaos. If you like active night life and excellent beaches, as well as interesting excursions, you should go to Chania or Rethymno.

The main tourist attraction of Crete is the Palace of Knossos. The very palace where the Mi-notaur lived and from which maze Theseus could get out only with the help of Ariadne's thread.

If you are strong enough (for example, to go 11 kilometers on the bottom of a gorge), you should make a trip to Samaria Gorge. The bus would only bring you to the edge of the gorge, so you'll have to overcome it on foot, and then all tourists are generally taken back by ship. The gorge is very picturesque, so no one won't regret the trip.

It is highly popular on Crete to have a one-day trip to Santorini. However, you should think about the tickets in advance. Of course, you'd better go to Santorini for 2-3 days, but if you can't do it, you'll at least have an opportunity to see the most recognizable views of Greek cities against the background of the sea.

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