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Crete - A Haven of Spectacular Landscapes, Historical Attractions and Authentic Cuisines

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, combining the best of all things Greek with a warm and sunny Mediterranean climate. This alluring island boasts around 650 miles of coastline which form an array of beaches, including tourist-friendly blue flaggers and picture-perfect private coves. As well as beaches, Crete also has a wonderful mix of rural landscapes; there are endless rugged mountain ranges, lush valleys, olive groves, hills filled with colourful flora and even snow-capped peaks to admire. Brightsun Travel offers luxury holidays to Crete, so you can visit this stunning island in style. The main hub of the island is Heraklion, offering bustling beaches and an immense night scene. Rethymno is a less hectic Cretan city, renowned for its exceptional locally-made wines and fascinating old quarter. Then there’s Chania; Crete’s north-western city which boasts some of Greece’s best beaches and sightseeing attractions. Lassithi is another popular Cretan city with many historic sites and picturesque harbour-side towns to explore. We offer great package holidays to Elounda town in Lassithi, including breaks to the 5* Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas resort which boasts an outdoor seawater swimming pool and private stretches of beach.

Crete’s natural beauty is complimented by its rich history; the island dates back over 4000 years, so there is a lot of ancient appeal here. The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is amongst the historical highlights of Crete. This museum exhibits artefacts from the island’s centuries of history, including the Neolithic, Minoan and Roman eras. Another ancient treasure of Crete is Knossos - the oldest city in Europe and the previous capital of the Minoan civilisation from around 2000 BC. Crete is not only steeped in history, but also culture… The locals of this island are spirited and passionate about their nation, and many time-honoured traditions are still thriving, especially when it comes to cooking. Locals prepare their authentic Greek dishes with green vegetables gathered from the hillsides, cheeses made from traditional household recipes and sauces flavoured by the herbs of the Cretan mountains. Meals are then paired nicely with superb local wines and raki. Contact Brightsun Travel about our great deals on exclusive holidays to Crete and look forward to your unforgettable Europe trip.

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