Days enjoying cerulean blue waters and secluded beach coves, followed by meals made from gorgeous produce and fresh seafood, sound like the dream getaway — albeit a dream that most of the world shares when it comes to Greece. With a rise in popularity, the port areas of Greece’s most popular islands have become overrun with souvenir shops and lackluster restaurants. Thankfully, Crete remains one of the country’s lesser-known spots.
From mom-and-pop food spots to a bustling capital city and remote, untouched beaches, Crete is one of the top places to hit for a vacation in Greece. Here are five reasons you should check out the island before the secret’s out.