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Crete: A Different Greece
By Mike Thiel

It's a wonder why Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, is not yet a top travel destination among Americans. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, 8,000 foot (sometimes snow-capped) mountains, and olive groves and vineyards, you'd think you were on vacation in Tuscany or the French countryside. Add to that sandy, palm- fringed beaches, and you've got yourself a well-rounded vacation destination. Hideaways Founder Mike Thiel recommends spending at least 10 days here to take it all in. Learn the tumultuous history of the island, which popular attractions are worth a visit (and which aren't), and why you might want to sample several accommodations during your vacation. If your criteria includes luxury travel and privacy, then split your time between this deluxe resort favored by the European elite and a cliff side vacation rental with a private pool. If you're a history buff, book a night at this hotel that was once a Venetian Renaissance palace.

Spring/Summer 2001

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