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Greece’s biggest island (260km long with over 1000km of coastline), Crete, combines wild rugged mountains, dramatic gorges, and long golden beaches disappearing into a warm turquoise sea. With its sunny climate and fertile valleys, its rich soils produce harvests of olives, grapes, avocados and bananas. The Minoans, Europe’s earliest-known advanced civilisation, were the first to recognise Heraklion’s wealth and beauty, when they built the magnificent Knossos Palace here some 4000 years ago. The locals are fiercely proud of their identity and renowned for their hospitality, and the island appeals to lovers of wild unspoilt nature, archaeology, art and architecture.
El Greco Museum
El Greco tiny museum occupies a centuries-old stone cottage, reputedly the birthplace of Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541 – 1614). Better known as El Greco, Theotokopoulos trained as an icon painter on Crete, then left for Toledo in…
Crete produces some excellent wines, so if you’re shopping for presents, go to Boutari for a bottle with funky Greek writing on it. Boutari is Greece’s largest wine producer, with seven wineries across the country, including this…
Rethymno has a buzzing nightlife, thanks to the town’s thriving student population. One of their favourite haunts is Figaro, a bar occupying a renovated 17th century building, with a minimalist interior decorated with paintings by…