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IS THERE ANYTHING MORE ROMANTIC THAN LOSING YOURSELF IN HERAKLION / CRETE?
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…
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…
If you’re exploring southern Crete, don’t miss the chance to eat out at Eleonas. Set amid olive groves on the lower slopes of Mount Psiloritis, their taverna serves authentic Cretan cuisine prepared from fresh home produce, includ…