Holiday makers planning a stay in a Crete villa this year have been urged to pay a visit to Balos beach.
Writer Jane Black recommended the destination in a recent article for the Washington Post, describing it as a "narrow strip of pink sand" surrounded by a natural pool on one side and the Sea of Crete on the other.
The journalist said that Balos is "the kind of beach you envision lucky tourists stumbling upon by accident", or a place that one might find after getting lost on a hike.
Despite this sense of isolation, the location can be easily reached on a cheap day cruise.
As well as relaxing on the beach, people who visit Balos during a Crete villa holiday can set off on a walk to a nearby 16th century Venetian fort, a walk which Ms Black described as "steep but rewarding".
The castle was once used as a base by Greek pirates, the travel writer revealed.
Crete villa guests can also use their time on the island to try some of its famous cuisine and learn about its fascinating history.
Posted by Corinne Moore