In addition to Knossos Palace, the island's capital of Heraklion has a lot to offer. There are attractions like the Heraklion Archeological Museum, the Agios Minas Cathedral, and the Venetian-built Koules Fortress. Alongside these timeless sites, you can tour the street markets, shop in traditional boutiques, and stroll along Lion Square for exclusive designer wares and jewellers.
This sacred cave is rumoured to be the birthplace of the mythical Zeus, and is an important site in Crete. Giant stalagmites and stalactites decorate the cave and luminous lights project beautiful orange and green hues throughout. Tucked away in the verdant Lasithi Plateau, you can combine a tour of the cave with a walk around Lasithi's famous windmills.
Frequently touted as one of the best beaches in the entire world, Elafonisi is one of those places you have to see to believe. Situated on a small island on the southwestern coast of Crete, this beach is a mix of pink and white sands that stretch across a vivid turquoise lagoon, creating an otherworldly effect. An absolute must-see.
Knossos Palace complex is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. This bronze-age archaeological site in Heraklion is a magnificent example of the importance and influence of Greek history. Entire sections of the ancient city remain, such as the bright murals and gigantic pillars. A trip to Knossos Palace is a journey back in time.
Many people consider this lagoon to be one of Europe's finest, and its reputation has drawn famous visitors like Princess Diana to its shores. The scenery is stunning, with soft white sand, jade waters and rugged outcrops, and if you choose to spend the day here, you'll find it is ideal for snorkellers, families, and photographers alike.