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Crete see + do
Crete is not quite the continent many of its residents like to consider it. But at 150 miles long, it is big, and unlike most other Aegean islands, Crete offers experiences that are not directly related to the sea. The hiking is superb, not only at the Samaria Gorge but also along mountain and high-plateau trails. In the White Mountains, to the west, you can visit villages so isolated that the locals consider even other Greeks to be foreigners. And on 8,057-foot Mount Ida, at the center of the island, you can sometimes stand in snowif that's what you've come to the Aegean Islands for. The sea is still the major draw, though, and most residents and visitors stick to the north coast. Except to spend a few hours at the Archaeological Museum and nearby Knossos, there's not much reason to linger in the main northern city of Iraklio. Head west to Rethymnon and Chania to find a fascinating mix of Venetian and Turkish architecture.