What to see
The Mediterranean has marine life that differs from anywhere else on the globe. You can find creatures ranging from tiny anchovies to large animals like the thresher shark, with its impressively long tail. Huge marine life like dolphins and whales sometimes make appearances, though they are less common than out in the open ocean.
The largest and most populated Greek island, Crete is an impressive landmass in the Mediterranean. People have flocked here for centuries, basking in the warm sun. There are mountains and forests, all leading down to the spectacular beaches. Just offshore, there are a number of islets and islands worth careful exploration. Some were once important pirate haunts. The history in Crete is tangible, with primordial ruins around every corner. The island has played an important role in Greece’s past, and is found in ancient texts dating back millennia. Zeus himself was said to be born in caves on the island. Today, more than 600,000 people live on the island, and the capital city of Heraklion is a booming metropolis. It is worth venturing into the many cities, towns, and villages that dot the countryside, giving yourself a fuller appreciation of the island.