From party towns and sun-soaked sands to unspoilt scenery and ancient civilisation, Crete is one island where bigger really is better
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete boasts 650 miles of golden coastline and a rich local culture. From bustling bars to spectacular landscapes, it caters for every kind of holidaymaker. On the east side, sun worshippers can bask on the beaches of the Lassithi area, then shop ‘til they drop in the nearby towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda. Further west, Chania’s pristeen beaches are minutes away from a picturesque old town, where visitors can immerse themselves in 4,000 years of ancient history.