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.
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