Crete, the largest Greek Island, is a top destination for history buffs. Home to the oldest advanced civilization in the entire European continent, the Minoans, the island is dotted with spectacular Bronze Age palaces and archaeological remnants of this great civilization.

Concentrated in the Central and Eastern portions of the island, Crete boasts four ancient Minoan palaces: Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, and Kato Zakros — all must-see destinations in Crete for ancient history fans.