Our first experience with Greece was when we flew to the island of Crete from Cyprus. We spent one week on the island, and visited the three main cities of Chania, Rethymno and Iraklion.
The small town of Rethymno is renowned for it’s Venetian fortress and harbour, and it’s beautiful old town with narrow cobbled streets that wind down the hill from the fortress all the way to the ancient harbour. We spent a day there and were easily able to take in all the sights.
The town of Chania was the place we flew into. This postcard pretty town features one of the prettiest ancient harbours I have ever seen. Historic buildings line the harbour, and the tavernas and restaurants here cater to both locals and tourists alike. The harbour is perfectly positioned for watching the sun set for the evening.
Iraklion is the largest city on the island of Crete, and it is from here that we caught the overnight ferry to Athens. Iraklion is home to the best archaeological museum on the island and is also near to the UNESCO world heritage site of Knossos. Remember the story of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur from your childhood? Well Knossos is the palace that was rumoured to be home to this mighty beast. You can easily visit Knossos using public bus from the centre of town in Iraklion, and we highly recommend combining it with a visit to the Archaeological museum.