Crete is the largest Greek island, and one of the world's top tourist destinations. For foreign housebuyers, winter can be the best time to house hunt; the climate is mild and the prices go down a little. Although low cost charters won't start again until April, there are lots of scheduled flights and car rentals are very cheap. Crete has everything. Amazing beaches, notably Elafonisi in the Southwest, Falasana on the West Coast; the beautiful city of Hania with authentic Greek side streets and rows of outdoor coffee shops; the captial of Heraklion with a pretty port and many quality restaurants and bars; cheap and cheerful resorts such as Malia and Hersonisos; great food, scenery, moutains, gorges, the Minoan city of Knossos, skiing and watersports!