Crete is the most popular tourist destination in Greece. It is best known as the center of the Minoan civilization (ca. 2600-1400 BCE), the oldest civilization in Europe. The temples and palaces they built were the basis of many myths. The main attractions include the Minoan sites of Knossos and Phaistos, the classical site of Gortys, the Venetian castle in Rethymno, and the Samaria Gorge, as well as many other natural sites, monuments, and beaches. Don't miss the town of Paleochora, one of the most relaxing places in the world, and the Samaria gorge.