Round off your Hellenic roadtrip with a trip across the Mediterranean Sea from mainland Greece - set your compass to the southern island of Crete and the ancient site of Knossos. Heralded as the oldest city in Europe, Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on the island and boasts a plethora of ancient architecture, with the Palace of Knossos at the hub of it all.
Originally a Minoan palatial centre, Knossos’ four wings home the throne room, royal quarters and banquet halls, all dating back to 1350 BC. As two of the newer buildings on the site (although they still date back thousands of years), the Royal Villa is held in strong religious esteem with a pillar crypt and double staircase, whereas the House of Frescoes depict a more urban feel, with a small mansion north of the palace.
To complete your Greek adventure, book a night at Avil Lounge Apartments, located in heart of Rethymnon city. A short journey west along the coastline brings you to an area which enjoys the influences of Cretan, Venetian and Turkish elements. The hotel itself is offset from the bustle of city life, providing a blissful retreat in a blossom-covered courtyard. During your stay, get a taste for local cuisine in the award-winning Avli restaurant and raise a toast to the journey across of one of the most historically important countries in the world you’ve just completed. Yamos!