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Crete Travel Guide

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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete has its reputation placed firmly in both ancient history and classic mythology. Despite embracing modern overtly commercial tourism with a vengeance, the island really does have enough unspoilt, peaceful and relatively secluded areas to ensure everyone is kept happy. The largest town, Iraklion, is also the capital and is the most visited town on the island due to its proximity to the famous excavations at the Palace of Knossos. The crowded beaches of Plakias, Agia Galina and Matala are superb, the people friendly, the sun is usually shining and the nightlife is terrific. Some of the nicest beaches can be found at Vai, which despite being vastly commercial still retains a certain charm. For those looking for peace and tranquillity the west coast is the least developed and the beaches beyond Kasteli are often deserted. The island of Gavados, off the coast of the coast of Paleochora is ideal for escaping the hordes of beer swilling sun worshippers that flock to the island during the high season. Despite the somewhat relentless expansion of its tourist industry, Crete remains quintessentially Greek at heart and is still an unquestionably beautiful place that remains magical and fulfilling.

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