Fortunately, the city of Sitia remains under the radar from developers and crowds of tourists.
Agios Nikolaos is situated east of Heraklion and west of Sitia.
Thousands of windmills populate the Lasithi prefecture of Crete.
Many agree that a visit to the palm forest and its beach, even though it's a big tourist destination, is worth sharing space with crowds.
Located on the northern coast, the city of Chania is one of the most visited places on the island.
Part of the Chania Prefecture, the chapel at the seaside town of Georgioupoli, located 100 meters out into the sea, is a draw for visitors.
Although Heraklion is the most developed city in Crete, the port of Heraklion still retains features of days past.
The Historical Museum of Crete houses unique relics spanning the island's entire history.
This museum is renowned for its extensive collection of Minoan art and it features a tablet whose symbols have yet to be deciphered.
The Cretaquarium, about 11 miles east of Heraklion, displays thousands of underwater species.
Rethymnon Old Town is filled with Venetian and Turkish architecture, beckoning to be observed and explored.
Any taverna you step into throughout Crete will have the signature Greek salad.
Patricia Fenn Gallery
The Venetian Fortezza, which towers over Rethymnon Old Town, was built in the late 16th century to protect Crete from Ottoman invasion (it failed).
Crete's wildlife is abundant, especially in the rural areas. If you choose to visit Samaria National Park, keep an eye out for Crete's native kri-kri goat.
At 10 miles long, Crete's Samaria Gorge is thought to be the longest canyon in Europe.
Visitors are greeted with a secluded beach at Agia Roumeli at the end of their Samaria Gorge trek.
Elafonissi is famous for its pink sand, which is actually thousands of broken up pieces of colorful shells.