Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilisation and the earliest in Europe. It has a 1,000 kilometer-long coastline dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas, plenty of multitude of sandy beaches along the beautifully blue and warm Mediterranean Sea. The rugged interior is interspersed with vast plateaus and fertile plains. Two places shown here are Hersonissos and Selinas. Hersonissos lies about 25 kilometers east of Heraklion and is a very busy place, beaches here are buzzy, the town is full of shops selling tourist goods and restaurants offer all kinds of food.