Blue Guide Crete
If a Mediterranean vacation is in your plans
This is one of three guides I have and is easily the best especially if you are interested in the history of Crete. But even if you’re not, it is a mine of information, as well as useful recommendations for accommodation and eating (we tried a few of the recommended restaurants and weren’t disappointed in any of them). It’s divided into different geographical sections, each beginning with a history of the place, then recommended places to visit, with the emphasis on historical sites and museums but other places of interest as well. There are guided walks and drives, with masses of background information. There is also practical stuff about travel, where to stay, (with price guides) tourist information, where to eat (also with price guides), shopping and markets, festivals and events, walking, and recommended further reading. The detail on places like Knossos is great – I can safely say that it’s all we needed to guide us round the site. Highly recommended.