1. Watersports and a hedonistic nightlife awaits the young and energetic in Malia

Nightlife in Malia

2. Attempt the arduous climb to the peak of Mountain Idi, the highest mountain of Crete

Mountain Idi

3. Drive the spectacular route through mountain scenery to Lasithi. 30km or 18 miles route from Neapolis

Lassithi Road trip

4. Take to the skies parasailing over Oasis Beach, near Chania. Just 3 km or 2 miles east along the headland from Chania

Parasailing in Chania

5. Hike the 17 km or 11 mile trek through the breathtaking Samaria Gorge. The gorge path is open from mid-April to min-October

Samaria Gorge

6. Dance the night away in the open-air nightclubs in Platanias

Platanias Night Clubs

7. Explore World War 2 wrecks on a scuba dive with Dolphin Diving Center in Scaleta beach, Rethymno

Scuba diving

8. Sip an ouzo or fiery raki (the traditional Cretan Spirit) at a local tavern or cafe (kafeneion) in the old city of Chania or Rethymno

local tavern in crete

9. Kick up some spray windsurfing on breezy Kouremenos beach in Palekastro

windsurfing in Kouremenos beach

10. Discover caverns, grottoes and potholes on the slopes of Zakros Gorge.

Zakros Gorge