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Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is also one of its finest: with balmy weather, beaches lapped by small cobalt-blue waves and plenty to see, there’s something to suit all travellers.

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Water parks, lively beaches and crazy golf courses put the fun into family time for kids, while young adults can have their pick of watersports, beaches and clubs in some of the island’s lively nightlife hotspots.

For those looking for a slower pace, there’s layers upon layers of history to explore – not only is the island the home to the Minotaur in Greek mythology, it’s also dotted with spectacular sites, like the sprawling ruins of the ancient palace of Knossos.

Inland, white-washed bougainvillea strewn villages are a peaceful spot for a strong Greek coffee in the morning or a feast of local dishes over a long lunch. Whether you’re seeking solitude on a peaceful countryside hike, or to dance until the early hours with friends, you can do it all on Crete.