There is only one place linking the myths and legends of King Minos, the most famous ruler of the island, of Daedalus, who built the labyrinth beneath the palace and imprisoned the Minotaur in it, or Theseus was rescued thanks to Ariadne's thread - Crete. The largest of all the Greek islands is full of secrets and beautiful beaches, and mountains dividing the island into two parts.
Visiting the island should start from the towns, to finally give up to wonderful laziness. We begin our journey from Crete's second largest city, which was once the capital of this diverse island. Chania is still considered by many to be the spiritual centre and the most beautiful city on the island. The unique charm of this city is due to the influence exerted on the island by the Venetians, the Romans, and the Turks, but we owe the current state of houses in the old town to the wealth of the current residents who participated in the cost of restoring the centre. Chania owes its charm to its position between the sea and the White Mountains, and the port adds charm. Walking the coastal promenade, we feel as if we were in Venice.
On an island so strongly associated with mythology and legends, you have to visit the Palace of Knossos. It's located about 5 kilometres from the capital of the island - Heraklion. The structure and the massive 75-hectare excavations are partly accessible to tourists. The palace was reconstructed using modern building techniques and although this remains to this day controversial, the number of chambers, rooms and corridors can give you a headache. It is believed that it was the combination of tunnels and more than 1.300 rooms that constituted the mythological labyrinth of King Minos, and it is from this place that the myths of Theseus, rescued thanks to Ariadne's thread, the Minotaur imprisoned in a labyrinth, and Daedalus being the originator of the building combine.
Anyone who likes a bit of fun and tourist bustle will find the perfect reflection in Rethymnon. It is the third largest city on the island, and the most developed in terms of tourist infrastructure. The charming narrow streets with small shops selling local products are intertwined like a labyrinth throughout the city. Particularly effective is the night illumination of the port and the Turkish lighthouse, which make a great setting for an evening walk around the promenade along the beach to a length of over 12 kilometres. We can also find here the largest Venetian castle on the island - Fortezza. Inside is the Mosque of Sultan Ibrahim and a theatre that during the holiday season offers a variety of outdoor events.
Holidays necessarily associate with rest, and if the vacation spot is Crete, we have at hand all you need. Finding the beach is not a problem here, but if you are looking for places away from the tourists and unforgettable views, you absolutely have to go to Balos Lagoon. Getting there is quite demanding. The 7-kilometre route is along a gravel road at the end of which there is a small parking lot. Perhaps this inaccessibility is the source of the place's success. First there is the breathtakingly magnificent view of the turquoise colour changing the water and the island of Cap Tigani, which in Greek means frying pan. Then we are left to feel the white sand under our feet and undisturbed peace.
Like every Greek island, Crete is also famous for its exquisitely simple fresh food. If you visit the island during your first visit to Greece, you must try classics such as souvlaki - Greek kebabs of pork or chicken, and the more advanced version with lamb served with tzatziki sauce and lemon. Connoisseurs can taste specialties such as mussels, squid or octopus served in many ways. To everyone who likes a bit of madness we recommend snails with butter, wine and a hint of rosemary, washed down, of course, by the ubiquitous Greek wine.