People planning a Crete villa holiday this year will have the chance to see some of the island's impressive natural sights.
In a recent article for the New York Times, writer Lionel Beehner recommended a trip to the Greek islands during the spring months to enjoy warm weather, pointing out that the mainland is often "grey and rainy" at this time of year.
He encouraged people taking Crete villa holidays to "watch the wildflowers bloom" from the island's "rustic tavernas, beautiful beaches and countless gorges".
Mr Beehner also highlighted the value for money that Crete and other Greek destinations will offer for foreign visitors this year.
The country has recently been hit by problems including public sector strikes and mounting debt, which have led to lower prices in many areas.
Nikolas Zoulakis, a spokesman for the Greek tourist office, told the New York Times that the current situation represents a "golden opportunity" to visit Greece.
Ian Bradley, a spokesman for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, recently echoed this view, predicting that the country could be one of the most popular options for Brits heading abroad this year.
Posted by Alison Selby