Unanimously hailed as Crete’s cosmopolitan king, the glitzy and glamorous town of Hersonissos is a Mecca for those seeking some coastal class. In this sophisticated seaside spot, an effervescent nightlife combines with a lively tourist scene, the culmination of which has resulted in some fabulous tourists faculties. White sand beaches bristle with energy while the waterfront pulsates with refined restaurants, bustling bars and live music performances. Those seeking a more serene sojourn can wander the quiet back streets in search of traditional Greek tavern in which to satisfy and appetite for authenticity.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant and vivacious atmosphere of the town by visiting Star Beach, a stunning sprawl of golden sand and sapphire water. Here, countless slides and fountains provide endless entertainment, and the selection of water sports is sure to satisfy those seeking adrenaline fuelled adventure. A DJ is on hand to ensure revelry never ceases, while in more secluded spots travellers can relax and enjoy local specialities from the beach bars.
Escape the brazen beach for a day of cultural satisfaction in Rethymnon, an ancient city that proves a delightful daytrip destination. Here, magnificent mosques neighbour the Venetian villas of the opulent OLD Town, and incredible exhibition detail an intriguing history. Sip an aromatic coffee beside the famous Rimond Fountain in order to absorb the authenticity of this stunning city.
Enjoy the familial atmosphere and fabulous food of David Vegera Restaurant, a family run restaurant whose menu maximises the wonderfully fresh produce the island has access to. The menu varies daily according to the bounty of the land and sea, but diners can expect roasted rabbit accompanied by gorgeous Greek salad and creamy tzatziki. (Piskopiano 700 14, Greece)