Crete is the biggest island in Greece and it is so far from the mainland that it could seem like a different country. It was home to the Minoan civilisation where the drama of Theseus and the Minotaur was said to be played out. This was perhaps Europe's oldest civilisation. The culture and landscape of this island are highly diverse. There are snowy mountains, deep, narrow gorges, interesting Venetian, Turkish and ancient Greek monuments and stunning white sand beaches.
A drive up a dusty road along pristine scenery leads to the dramatic Balos lagoon with the Gramvousa Island lying across from the Cretan mainland. The incredible white sand beaches curve along the amazing green, blue, turquoise, cyan, azure and aquamarine waters.
Luckily, it was a beautiful sunny day and the water was just warm enough to walk through to reach Gramvousa that just juts out of the water like a giant cake.