Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. Linking Asia, Africa, and Europe, it has served as cultural crossroads and a place that boasts of 4,000 years of uninterrupted habitation. Its cities have been home to centuries of historic change both in its terrain and its people. A proud exhibitor of archaeological wonders, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous surroundings, visitors to Crete will find themselves encircled by luxury. Inhabited since 6500 B.C., Crete's Minoan history is evident in the archaeological remains that tourists still marvel at. The prehistoric Crete's art legacy, dating back to the Bronze Age, remains in museums and galleries throughout the island. Crete's four major cities are all distinct.
In 2019, Crete ranked fourth worldwide in the Top 25 Destinations by Tripadvisor's Travelers Choice Awards, following London, Paris and Rome! Comments describe the island as a real gem with green-blue waters, long sandy or pebbly beaches, rich in archaeological sites, myths and legends that are reflected upon the ancient ruins and cultural attractions. A Tripadvisor’s review urges the readers to visit one of the numerous archaeological sites while on a break from soaking up the sun.
Crete is TUI’s top holiday destination for European travelers this year and Greece is the second country of choice after Spain, according to the holiday bookings made through the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world. According to TUI vacationers from Europe this year rank Greece’ largest island Crete first in the destination list. The other top destinations are Majorca in Spain, Antalya in Turkey, Rhodes in Greece, and Larnaca in Cyprus. Three of the five most popular destinations for Germans are found in Greece: Crete, Rhodes and Kos. Greece is also very popular among Northern Europeans. For Norwegians, Swedes, Danes and Finns, Greece is the number one holiday destination.