Crete, Greece

A visit to Crete, Greece's largest island and the
fifth largest in the Mediterranean, will appeal to beachcombers, armchair historians, and active travelers alike. With its irregular coastline, there are more than 600 miles' worth of beaches and coves for the adventurous traveler to explore.

When you visit Crete, you'll also find an island that

sits at the crossroads of Mediterranean culture; it was home to the Minoan civilization, and the Greeks, Romans, Turks, and Venetians all controlled the island at various points throughout history. Away from the coastline, the island's interior features dramatic peaks and fertile plains, ideal for sightseeing and exploring. When you plan a trip to Crete, you can also visit Vai, Europe's only palm tree forest, located at the eastern end of the island.