Crete has all types of places to unpack your suitcase – hostels, campgrounds and family hotels, rural villas and traditional guesthouses, apartments and luxury resorts. The location is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a holiday to Crete. The island has many diﬀerent regions and resort towns, each with its own character and selling points. Broadly speaking, if you’re after sandy beaches and crowded resorts, look on the northern coast; for a quiet rural retreat head for the hills or the remote villages along the southern shoreline. The Iraklio region is home to the island’s most developed resorts – Malia and Hersonisos – with a 24-hour party culture. Rethymno has some quieter getaways, plus Crete’s longest sandy beach; it’s a good base if you want to immerse yourself in the island’s culture. Hania has some beach resorts to the west; it’s ideal if you’re looking for a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from diving to mountain climbing. Lasithi in the east is the island’s quietest area and the exclusive resorts of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are the strongholds of Crete’s high-end tourism.