Liz Rowlinson

Why Crete is the ideal island for a second home

Go to Santorini to fall in love, to Mykonos to party and to Crete to eat

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A restaurant in the old town of Chania, Crete (Getty Images)

Crete has a long and illustrious history: birthplace of Zeus, king of the Greek gods, and the seat of the Minoan ruler King Minos who is said to have ruled from a palace of 1,000 rooms. 

The largest Greek Island, and nearly the one nearest to Africa (bar it’s tiny neighbour Gavdos) it’s also the best for year-round living, with its mild winters allowing the odd December dip in the sea.

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