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The largest island in Greece, Crete is home to a diverse collection of cosmopolitan cities, charming villages, and gorgeous scenery that ranges from wide swaths of bustling beaches to rugged mountains and hidden sandy coves. With outsiders venturing here for thousands of years, the lure of this island is undeniable. Come and explore a rich and vibrant past, soak up the sun on gorgeous beaches, and experience the genuine hospitality of the locals.

With a history that stretches back to 1500 BC, Crete has played host to a parade of civilizations and people. Take a trip through time and history as the stunning architecture and well-preserved ruins illustrate the different influences from Minoan to Turkish and Venetian. The Palace of Knossos (Europe’s oldest city!) is near Heraklion and is a must-see for a peek at the wondrous Minoan civilization. To the west you’ll find the third largest city, Rethymno, which has kept its Turkish and Venetian charm and also features a stunning sandy beach. The cobbled streets, fountains, and glimpses of centuries-old architecture lend a romantic air to the city while modern-day additions like excellent dining and unique shops make Rethymno a jewel among the cities of Crete.

As with any Greek isle, the beaches in Crete are outstanding. With sparkling clear water and an azure view that stretches on for miles, we hope you spend your days exploring the many options for sunbathing and swimming. You will be hard pressed to choose a favorite.

The welcoming nature of the Greeks is well-known and Crete is no different. Relishing the chance to flaunt their delicious cuisine, you will adore the opportunity to taste your way through the special dishes of each village. The underlying theme of Cretan food is the appreciation for simple preparation with the freshest ingredients. This approach allows you to taste the unique flavor of greens harvested from hillsides, fish caught from the sea, and cheese aged in mountain caves. Of course no meal would be complete without a glass of fine wine to go along, so luckily for you, the tradition of winemaking dates back to the Minoans.

Crete is an ideal island to visit whether this is your first foray into the Greek isles or your fiftieth. With ancient culture and history to fascinate you, innumerable beaches to relax on, and the friendly locals to welcome you to their homeland, you will forever keep these memories close to your heart.

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Crete Luxury Vacation Experiences:

Time & Place Concierges delight in creating unique experiences that you will cherish forever. Here are some ideas of experiences we can craft for you:

  • Tour the Dikteon Cave, a mystical spot thought to be where Zeus was born
  • A guided hike through the impressive Samaria Gorge is a beautiful way to experience the gorgeous landscape
  • Eat your way through Crete with a private tasting dinner. A chef will prepare traditional Greek gastronomy for your group so you can enjoy the best of the region’s cuisine
Luxury Vacations in Crete: Attractions, Activities, and Food

Before You Go: Crete Vacation Tips

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