Crete is one of Greece’s most fascinating and beautiful islands. The island has the honour of hosting nearly a quarter of Greek’s tourists. Worth exploring here are the Minoan palaces that provide an interesting insight into the turbulent history of the island. See fortresses built by the successive invaders and the legendary birthplace of Zeus Heraklion, the capital city of Crete, is teeming with tourist attractions. The city is a major cruise destination. You can see the Archaeological Museum, which houses a fine collection of finds from Knossos, Archanes, Phaestos, Zakros and many other archeological sites in Crete. You can also visit the Koules Venetian Fortress one of the harbour walls built in the early 1500s. There is also the Natural History Museum of Crete which houses wonderful displays and great descriptive details about the flora and fauna and the wildlife of Crete. Also worth visiting is the aquarium, a 5000 square metre structure housing an interesting display of about 200 Mediterranean marine species. Another factor that attracts the tourists to Crete is the warm hospitality of the people. The Cretans are warm and hospitable people who take pride in their culture and customs. In fact interacting with the locals is the best way to understand the rich customs of this region.