Minoan marvels, museums and mountains
In his epic poem The Odyssey, Homer described Zeus’ birthplace of Crete as “a rich and lovely sea-girth land, densely peopled with 90 cities”. The city count might have decreased since the time of Troy, but Crete’s appeal to travellers hasn’t diminished over the years.
Megalónisos, the ‘Great Island’ of Crete is home to one of the oldest civilisations in the Western World. Accordingly, its sites and museums are some of the most important in the Mediterranean.
The mighty Minoans weren’t the only powerful civilisation to hold sway over the island: the Mycenaeans, the Byzantines, Andalusian Arabs, the Venetian Republic and the Ottoman Empire all invaded. As one writer put it, Crete has ‘[made] more history than they can consume locally’. Traces of these empires can be seen in the island’s vibrant towns, unhurried villages, rugged mountain terrains and rich and welcoming culture.