|The island is divided into four major regions - we visited three out of four and stayed in the Heraklio (also known as Iraklion) area.|
Crete is the most southern (hottest) and largest of the Greek islands and while it may not be as famous as some of the other islands, it clearly is a great tourist destination. It seemed to us that the whole island is positioned to welcome a hoard of tourists. Fortunately for us, it was not the tourist season and we had no problems getting around and even driving to and parking in the older sections of various cities. On the downside, many restaurants and some attractions were closed.
|The Venetian Fortress is reported to be the largest fortress build by the Venetians.|
|The ruins at Gournia (Lassithi Region) have not been restored and are a more authentic view of Minoan life. Views of the coast are breathtaking.|
|We visited a number of villages and cities along the coast - charming locations!|
|We made frequent stops along the coastal highway to take photos - the views were wonderful!|
This was a wonderful trip - we had no preconceived notions about Crete and were just charmed by everything we saw. I was so excited about this "find", that we've already booked a trip to Malaga, Spain (another timeshare exchange) and will spend time in Madrid for next year. Wish we had more money and time!