The island of Crete has historic importance as the home of the Minoan civilization. There are important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, which are visited by tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Crete is a paradise for people who love the outdoors. It is a huge landmass (taking about seven hours to drive across, on the best roads), which is covered with eucalyptus, cypress and plane trees, as well as olive trees. Crete boasts excellent hiking in both the mountains and the longest gorge in Europe, Samaria Gorge, and also has superb beaches, like the pink-sand shores of Elafonisi in the south.
The sheer number of breathtaking beaches in Crete is enough to amaze any visitor. You can find long stretches of sand lined with palm trees, small idyllic coves, lovely pebbly beaches and exotic lagoons. Off the coast of Crete are several tiny islands where the azure waters lap soft sands. In other words, Crete beaches cater to all preferences and styles, including quiet family beaches, beaches packed with the younger crowd, secluded beaches for couples as well as gay beaches. Water sports facilities are offered at many beaches in Crete, some of which are ideal for scuba diving.
There are many incredible destinations in Greece and few find enough time to see them all: In Athens, you must visit the incredible Parthenon and Acropolis, as well as the Agora. The Plaka is the area of winding streets around the Acropolis. It's renowned for its small shops, restaurants, and some good examples of local domestic architecture. Syntagma Square, also known as "Constitution Square", is the heart of Athens in many ways. It's a large, open square which often hosts holiday events, it's the location of several of Athens' most renowned luxury hotels, it's an intense public transporation hub, and it actually has the Parliament Building along one side of the square. Pedestrian-only Ermou Street leads off of it, providing access to some of Athens' better upscale shopping.
Some say Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, is more attractive than Athens with wide avenues, parks and squares. It sits in a bowl framed by low hills, facing a bay on the Gulf Thermaikos, and despite being one of the oldest cities in Europe, it is lively and modern. And of course, there are many beautiful Greek Islands to explore including Mykonos, Corfu, Santorini, and Rhodes.