Reputedly the birthplace of Zeus, Crete is the largest and most populated of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. A huge European tourism hotspot, popular destinations include the Palm Beach of Vai which is the biggest natural palm forest in Europe. You can also explore the famous archaeological sites of the Minoans at Knossos and Phaistos, the ancient Venetian port of Chania and the castle at Rethymno. Car hire in Crete allows for a short drive to the coast whenever you choose, where you can try your hand at water sports including diving and snorkelling.