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Beautiful beach with turquoise water and cliffs. Selective focus. Crete island, Greece. (Photo via Olga_Gavrilova / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


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When you think of the island of Crete, Greece the first word that comes to mind is-- magical. Blessed with miles of pristine beaches, an eventful history, and glorious mountains, there are many reasons why many dream to have this favorite holiday destination become a reality. Tourists come to hear the legendary stories of Greek gods and test their pallets with local cuisine. Not to forget the azure Mediterranean, that majestically reflects the mesmerizing Greek light. With picture-perfect images and treasures buried deeply into its rugged landscape, Crete will easily make you fall in love again and again.

Believed to be the birthplace of Zeus (Greek god), Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands and the fifth largest of the islands situated in the Mediterranean Sea. It is divided into four prefectures which are: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion, and Lasithi. Within each area are unique treasures engrossed in legends which conceal their fate. From the prominent Minoan Civilization to Venetian Rule, much of Crete’s heritage is manifested in the forms of architecture and archeological ruins.

Museums serve as open history books capturing the essence of Crete’s past, while the historical palaces of Knossos and Phaistos take you on a magical journey through the Minoan heritage; inside the mountainous décor of the Ideon Cave is assumed to be Zeus’ birthplace; and the White Mountains are a hiker’s and shutterbug’s dream. No matter where you are on the island, you are sure to be immersed in the beauty captured from the oceanic gardens at the bottom of the Mediterranean to the 360 degree views nestled atop its highest peaks.

When in Crete eat like the Greeks by dining on its cuisines cooked in delicious traditional ingredients like olive oil, fennel, honey, and vegetables. Greek cheeses, snails boubouristì, rice served in a meaty broth, roasted goat, cuttlefish, and boureki are among the many authentic culinary specialties that you will find on the island. With a glass of wine and the harmony of the ebbs of the ocean only ear shot away, the restaurants of Crete offer the perfect, cozy setting.

Crete’s weather is characterized as a Mediterranean climate. During June to September the weather is typically hot and averages from highs around 85°F and decreases to lows of about 75°F. In December to March the temperatures are normally mild and averages from highs of 60°F and lowers to 48°F.

There are several ways to navigate throughout Crete. Local buses and ferries offer transportation between the island’s different cities. Taxis are also convenient but expensive; however, there is also the option of to rent a car to travel more flexibly as long as you have a valid driver’s license.