Australians placed the Greek island of Crete on the top of European island destinations. According to the country’s most popular travel website, traveller.com.au, a close associate of TripAdvisor, the most beautiful island in Europe is Crete, which is the “is both the largest and most varied” among the Greek islands.
“Historical sights are topped by the ruins of the Knossos Palace, the pinnacle of the Minoan civilisation. It’s just to the south of Crete’s capital, Iraklio (also called Heraklion). There are also some tremendous beaches – particularly Elafonisi in the south-western corner – while Samaria Gorge offers one of the continent’s great canyon hikes,” noted the website.
Furthermore, Crete is also large enough to have “substantial mountains, dotted with picturesque monasteries such as the culturally symbolic Moni Arkadiou,” traveller.com.au added.
The travel website’s “Six of the best: European islands” list also included Ibiza, Spain; Malta; Skye, Scotland; Hvar, Croatia and Sicily, Italy.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The main island and a number of surrounding islets constitute the region of Crete. The capital and the largest city is Heraklion.
Crete forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece, while retaining its own local cultural traits, such as its own poetry and music. It was once the center of the Minoan civilization, which is currently regarded as the earliest recorded civilization in Europe.