1 Archeological Museum, Iráklion

The world’s foremost Minoan museum. Following a substantial renovation, the museum is set to reopen in 2012.

2 Knossos

The Minoan palace of Knossos is the standout archeological site on the island.

3 Paleóhora

With bags of charm and excellent strands, this resort in the far east of the island is well worth seeking out.

4 Lasíthi Plateau

This fertile high mountain plateau has picturesque agricultural villages and unique white-cloth-sailed windmills.

5 The Dhiktean Cave

Mythological birthplace of Zeus, stunningly situated on the Lasíthi Plateau.

6 Haniá old town

Atmospheric city centre where vibrant modern life coexists with the beautiful architectural legacies of Venetian and Turkish history.

7 Samariá Gorge

A magnificent gorge, offering a chance to see brilliant wild flowers, golden eagles and perhaps a Cretan ibex.

8 Southwest coast

Having made it through the Samariá Gorge, some of Crete’s least-visited coastline awaits.

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