Crete may be an island, but its culture is closer to the mainland type. The inhabitants always preferred areas close to the mountains, where they could peacefully develop agriculture, livestock farming, and trade, as coastal areas were exposed to pirate and buccaneer raids. Several small villages, however, managed to survive and even thrive after the tourism boom.
Quite a few famous places on the coast of the Cretan or the Libyan sea offer a variety of really fresh fish and seafood. Kissamos in Chania, Agia Galini in South Rethymnon, Milatos, Elounta and Plaka in Lasithi are all famous for fishing and fish restaurants.