Greece's position on the Mediterranean means that it always enjoys the best of the summer weather in Europe.
And as such, it makes the region a perfect place to enjoy summer festivals, with worries that outdoor events might be rained off, or too cold to enjoy, firmly out of the question.
Therefore, the Summer Festival of Chania, to the north of the island, is the perfect opportunity to discover a bit more about the local culture and enjoy the festivities.
Held from July through until September, the festival enjoys a wide range of performances and entertainments, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
Concerts and exhibitions form the backbone of the event, but there are also various other events taking place, not all centring on Crete culture.
While there is plenty of traditional Cretan dancing and music, as well as collaborations from the Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre, there are also often productions of Shakespeare, as well as chess evenings.