Because it was the center of the ancient Minoan civilization, the earliest known human civilization in Europe, Crete has often been called the "cradle of Europe." Indeed, the Minoan archaeological relics of Knossos and Phiastos endure as two of the most scenic architectural and cultural marvels the Mediterranean has to offer. For the traveler fixed on getting a healthy dose of history, Crete is one of the best destinations in Greece.
Equally attractive, though, are the island's outstanding network of hotels, bars, restaurants and night spots. The Greek Islands have become equally legendary for their hot nightlife and invigorating social scenes as they are for their history and antediluvian marvels. It's true: in Greece, people really know how to live. A vacation on Crete will surely remind you, in case you've forgotten.
Choose From Hundreds of Hotels on Crete
The large island of Crete is home to a diverse range of natural beauty and ancient wonder, and offers a matching array of hotels. Its famous date palms sway in warm breezes year-round, basking in the friendly climates even in winter. For those inclined to try to reach the gods via the mountaintops, Crete is ideal. Its central mainland contains some of the most majestic peaks the world has to offer.
All this, of course, is framed by the platinum sands of the most celebrated beaches in the Greek Islands. On the island of Crete, life moves at the pace you want it to. Browse its hotels and book a vacation you'll never forget!
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