One of the most popular Greek islands to visit on holiday, Crete has earned its reputation as a beach paradise with gorgeous shores, mountain landscapes and wild nightlife. If that's not enough, the food is phenomenal and there's temple-loads of history here too - after all, this is the fabled birthplace of Zeus.
Do a panoramic sweep of your surroundings in Crete, and, more often than not, you'll find am arcing coast on one side and a green, hilly landscape on the other. The beaches are the main hubs of activity for most resorts, as they're usually treated to beach bars and tavernas, rows of sunbeds and umbrellas and water sports whirring out on the waves. And with warm temperatures throughout the year, there's never a bad time to enjoy the great outdoors in Crete.
Many of the resorts offer diving centres for budding snorkellers, as well as windsurfing and paragliding equipment, banana boats and pedalos available to rent onshore. Resorts like Hersonissos and Chania even have their own water parks.
The mountain ranges towering across Crete are havens for outdoorsy types. They're often reachable via short car trips into the hills, as well as off-roading excursions. Carved with gorges and walking trails, the mountains are a top spot for hikes whose incredible views stretch for miles.
Aghios Nikolaos is a surprisingly cosmopolitan resort that displays beautiful waterside surroundings by the ocean and the lake.
Lake Voulismeni is a perfectly round body of water that is worthy of the Greek mythology associated with it. It shines under the sun in the day and reflects the array of terrific nightspots placed right by it at night.
Across the coastline of Aghios Nikolaos is a great collection of small beaches and coves which provide a wonderful choice for tourists when it comes to where they should sunbathe. There is also the presence of historical attractions to visit and appreciate.
Elounda is a former fishing village that now acts as the base for an educational holiday spent underneath a terrific climate.
Right by the town there are two areas that were crucial parts of Crete's history. The sunken city of Olous now lies off the coast and is still visible to snorkelers and scuba divers. The island of Spinalonga is a fascinating site that was used as a leper colony until 1957. An ancient fortress still stands here too from centuries ago.
With beaches, a harbour and a laidback nightlife, a holiday to Elounda is the stress relieving getaway you've been craving.
This idyllic resort splits its holiday relaxation between two areas: Pano Gouves, a traditional town that sits in the mountains and Kato Gouves, a coastal space with a large beach and some trendy bars and cafes.
You're welcome to spend time at both here and enjoy the common theme of delicious Greek and Mediterranean restaurants that are featured in both.
The waters can get wild at the beach which makes it a perfect place to enjoy a variety of water sports with plenty of equipment available for hire on the smooth sands.
With two waterparks, a great activity park, an aquarium and a massive selection of water sports, Hersonissos is one of Crete's most exciting resorts.
All of this is supported by a great collection of beaches and a promenade lined with shops, bars and restaurants. It's a well serviced coastline where you can spend all day and night. The evenings can get very excitable with a good choice of bars, lounges and nightclubs. Some of the best venues are also found by the beach so a party down here offers a true holiday night out.
This is a vibrant resort with something for everyone.
This coastal hotel resort is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet getaway in the Mediterranean sunshine. The Sensatori Resort Crete is your accommodation based right by this location's wonderfully scenic beach.
The hotel complex offers a great array of activities, facilities and restaurants as well as a summer programme filled with nightly entertainment.
Lyttos Beach is not far from Hersonissos so it is easy to pop over to this resort and enjoy all of the benefits that this resort offers too.
The party capital of Crete is a fantastic destination for party animals who want to stay up, drink and dance all night long. The main strip is a lively hub of activity and excitement at all hours of the day and it leads out towards one of six terrific beaches.
There are a total of 5km of sand to lay down on in Malia with the majority of the space well served by nearby beach bars and restaurants.
Behind the mayhem there is a much softer side to Malia that is almost forgotten about. The old town is where locals live and serve the traditional Greek cuisine you'd expect from a traditional Mediterranean resort.