Overall, the south coast is less constructed and less invaded by tourists (probably due to the sea wind that cools the temperatures). To the west, the port of Palaiochora is overlooked by the ruins of a Venetian fortress. The village, located on the peninsula, has conserved all its charm despite recent constructions. On the other side of the port is a beautiful sand beach which is very windy and therefore not clogged with tourists.
There are many signposted paths you can take to enjoy a perfectly safe walk through the island's dramatic landscapes.© dziewul / 123RF
Those who like to travel independently will be in their element up in the mountains that drop down into the Libyan Sea.© Roberto Fumagalli
The south of the island also offers an insight into Crete's ancient history, with various places of historic interest including the Phaistos site pictured here.© igabriela / 123RF
The many little fishing villages of the south have given rise to a great wealth of traditions.© Anastasy Yarmolovich / 123RF
You'll find various places of interest at the end of the beach here, such as these ancient Roman necropolises carved into the mountain.© Lucian Bolca / 123RF