What not to miss on a holiday in Crete if you’re short on time

The Mirror — Steeped in ancient history and soaked in sunshine, it’s not surprising that Crete has long been a firm favourite with holidaymakers from around the world.

The largest Greek island always delivers on what you’d expect from a holiday in the sparkling Mediterranean from its breathtaking beaches to mouth-watering local cuisine.

Then of course there’s all of the breathtaking sites waiting to be explored.

A four-day flying visit to the holiday hotspot can unearth everything from magical myths to glorious food.

What not to miss:

Knossos, the 4,000-year-old palace of King Minos, son of Zeus is said to be Europe’s oldest city, followed by a visit to Heraklion’s archaeological museum


Archanes Heraklion, a traditional village surrounded by mountains and vineyards. It has been beautifully restored and has fine views.

A day  boat trip to Spinalonga, an island near Elounda in eastern Crete  that was a Venetian and Ottoman fortress, but is best known for being Europe’s last leper colony, closing in 1957.

Authentic  Cretan food and wine.  Wineries are always popping up across the island and a visit to one of them would be highly recommended.