Crete, Greece’s largest island – actually 3rd largest in the Mediterranean! – is a cosmos of its own.

Blending snow-capped mountains, massive gorges, exotic beaches with waters as crystal-clear as when the Olympians bathed there; world-famous ancient monuments, medieval monasteries, and historical sites; lively cosmopolitan towns and quaint countryside villages.

Crete is a legendary destination – with perhaps the planet’s healthiest and most delectable cuisine, based on liquid gold: The island’s iconic extra virgin olive oil.

With 300 days of sunshine in a year and a swimming season that starts at the end of April and extends till mid-November, Crete is a destination for sun-worshippers, and water-sports fans from around the globe, no matter the time of the year. Unlike other islands that “shut off” in the winter, Crete always remains lively – and with so many things to see and do, it is the perfect choice for an off-season escapade.