If it is sun, sea and sand you are looking for, beach holidays in Crete will not disappoint with a huge variety of stunning beaches to choose from.

Head to the blue flag beaches of Amoudara or Analipsis to relax on the sandy beaches by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For a little more action visit the popular beaches of Agia Marina, Hersonissos or Elounda and have a go at some of the watersports on offer which are ideal for family holidays.

Situated just 12km north of Aghios Nikolaos, Elounda is one of Crete's hidden gems, nestled in its own secluded bay area at the edge of the beautiful, clear turquoise waters of this part of the Mediterranean.A busy and cosmopolitan resort, Hersonissos is a particular favourite with young people and couples. With one promenade dotted with shops, open-air restaurants, bars, discos and other attractions along the length of the resort.

Crete's got more history than many of its neighbours too. The islands timeline stretches back more than 4, 000 years. In fact, Crete is credited with being the birthplace of modern civilisation. Evidence for this claim can be found at The Palace of Knossos - the Minoans who lived here were some of the first people in the world to have fashions, parties and women's rights.

Finally, Crete has the lion's share of unspoilt scenery. Soaring mountains, deep gorges and mirror-like lakes are all part of the islands complexion. You'll get the best feel for what the island has to offer at Samaria Gorge. Stretching for 16 kilometers, it's the longest in Europe.