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There’s nowhere else in Europe quite like Greece, and the best things to do in Crete are a major draw to the country. At 260km long, Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and the most varied. Famed for its changing terrain—from vast sandy beaches to the dramatic peaks of the White Mountains—it boasts century after century of richly-layered history as well as a fiercely independent spirit. Residents, who often refer to themselves as Cretan rather than Greek, are famed for their hospitality and are sure to offer you a warm welcome (plus a shot of raki) wherever you stop off. Get ready to explore. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.