It seems as if life has stood still in the island's interior. You can still find the genuine Greek atmosphere here, with the small white houses and the locals dressed in traditional black. You can also experience the genuine Greek culture if you take a trip to some of the historic excavations, such as the Palace of Knossos. There is an agreeable bustling atmosphere in seaside resorts such as Chersonissos, Agios Nikalaos and Rethymnon.
The south coast has beautiful bays. The palm beaches of Vai and Preveli are really worth a visit. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during a walk through the Samaria Gorge.