Glorious beaches, impressive mountains, ruins from ancient civilisations and an excellent food scene are just some of the features of Crete, the largest of Greece’s islands, and one that’s perfect to explore by car. For the visitor it offers both city and village life, and plenty of places to kick back in between. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the birthplace of the mythical minotaur and home of the Minoans, one of Europe’s earliest civilisations. Sail to hidden coves, visit the cave of Agia Sofia, take a cooking class in a farmhouse and swim in turquoise waters.