The largest of Greek's fabled Mediterranean islands is Crete, the legendary birthplace of Zeus. It offers natural majesty worthy of the gods as well as some of the most intriguing architecture and historical sites in Greece. Oh, and its beaches are among the best you'll find on the planet.
Sometimes called the "Hollywood of Europe," the city of Hania offers much more than a place to spot celebrities and live the high life. Its Venetian and Ottoman-influenced Old Town has won many a visitor's heart, and things heat up when the sun goes down. Cosmopolitan, easygoing and full of life, Hania has much to offer the visitor. Book early for the best choice among its many hotels, especially in summer.
A World of Options in Crete Hotels
The palaces at the ancient Minoan sites of Phaestos and Knossos offer some of the world's most impressive glimpses into humanity's past. For tourists looking to get away from the beach, if only for the day, these Crete sites come highly recommended by legions of impressed travelers. Of course, your trip there will be made even more pleasant by the breathtaking natural scenery the island's interior network of mountains and valleys offer.
Bargains can be had on Crete hotels if you visit during off-peak times of year. Late spring and early autumn are recommended to visitors looking to avoid the stifling heat and thick crowds of the summer months. Hotels are offered at lower rates outside of summer, so plan ahead and enjoy your visit!
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