Crete Holidays

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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete’s size is more representative of a small country than a standalone island. Its charismatic culture and beautiful scenery provide the ideal backdrop to get up close and personal with the island’s historic tales and laidback way of life, which is exactly what Cretan holidays are all about. What’s more, the island's diverse nature makes it an idyllic destination for beach bums, history hunters and intrepid explorers alike.

Beaches
With sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, broken up by secret coves and olive groves, Crete’s pretty plateau lends itself flawlessly to family getaways and romantic retreats. For a wilder beach, try the hidden gem that is Stefanou Beach north of Chania. Also be sure to experience the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach in the southwest. The island is even home to Vai – Europe’s only palm-tree forest beach.

Culture
History fans may want to make a beeline for the award-winning Knossos Museum and get drawn in by the remains of the Minoan Empire, while Greek mythologists may be more interested in a date with Lassithi Plateau, believed to be the birthplace of Zeus. Meanwhile, much of modern-day culture centres around the Greek Orthodox church, which plays a huge part in locals’ lives and is the reason for many of the island’s religious festivals and celebrations.

Food & Drink
Island holidays are all about tucking into fresh fish and Greek salads, complete with olives and feta cheese. Meat eaters will love dining out on loukanika (Greek sausages) and moussaka, while the classic Meze options, full of dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice), plus taramasalata and tzatziki are not to be missed. Local delicacies include mini cheese pies known as Kalitsounia, along with Dakos – rustic bread with a meze of tomatoes, feta, herbs and olives piled on top. To wash it down, try a shot of the local Raki if you’re feeling brave.

Nightlife
Crete holidays are renowned for their party scene, with resorts like Aghios Nikalos and Hersonissos topping the charts thanks to their energetic nightlife. Of course, Malia serves as the clubbing capital of the island, with parties until sunrise and famous DJs taking to the main strip. Elsewhere, expect late night Greek tavernas, bustling bars and plenty of atmospheric jaunts for a more chilled-out evening.

Important Information
Flight Time: 4hr
Time Difference: +2hr
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Greek

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Top Crete Hotels

Eri Beach

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Stella Palace Hotel

Analipsis, Crete, Greece

Hydramis Palace Beach Resort

Georgioupolis, Crete, Greece

Imperial Belvedere

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Filion Suites Resort & Spa

Bali, Crete, Greece

Palatia Village Apartments

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Blue Horizon Apartments

Bali, Crete, Greece

Gouves Water Park Holiday Resort

Gouves, Crete, Greece

Piskopiano Village

Piskopiano, Crete, Greece

Galaxy Villas

Koutouloufari, Crete, Greece

Kings Village

Malia, Crete, Greece

Serita Beach Hotel

Anissaras, Crete, Greece

Porto Platanias Beach Resort

Platanias, Crete, Greece

Club Lyda Hotel

Gouves, Crete, Greece

Village Panorama

Agia Pelagia (East Heraklion), Crete, Greece

Hotel Royal Belvedere

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Agelia Beach Hotel

Sfakaki, Crete, Greece

Star Beach Village Hotel and Waterpark

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Fodele Beach

Fodele, Crete, Greece

Sentido Vasia Beach Hotel & Spa

Sissi, Crete, Greece

Spiros Soula Family Apartments

Lygaria, Crete, Greece

Radisson Blu Beach Resort Crete

Milatos, Crete, Greece

Mitsis Rinela Beach

Kokkini Hani, Crete, Greece

Sea Side Resort & Spa

Agia Pelagia (East Heraklion), Crete, Greece

Kiani Beach Resort

Kalyves, Crete, Greece

Mediterraneo Hotel

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Chrispy World

Kolymvari, Crete, Greece

Mitsis Laguna Resort

Anissaras, Crete, Greece

Stelva Villas

Piskopiano, Crete, Greece

Eri Sun Village

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Crete Weather


Sharing climate zones with North Africa and the Mediterranean, Crete has a varied weather forecast. Crete holidays boast the balmiest climate compared to anywhere else in Greece, with temperatures during summer hovering around the high 20s (°C). The mountains tend to be cooler, as do the northern areas of the island as these make up part of the Mediterranean climate, whilst the south and east of the island is more representative of the African atmosphere.

Jan 12ºC
Feb 12ºC
Mar 14ºC
Apr 19ºC
May 23ºC
Jun 26ºC
Jul 30ºC
Aug 30ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 20ºC
Nov 15ºC
Dec 13ºC

Things To Do on Crete Holidays


Visit Spinalonga
Although Crete holidays place you on the largest of the Greek islands, there are plenty of smaller islands peppered off the coast that are worth a visit too. A short boat ride away, the fortress island of Spinalonga carries a turbulent past, including serving as a leper colony during the 20th century. But don’t be put off by tales of tragedy – there is much history to be discovered here.

Hike to the Balos Lagoon
If it’s stunning views you’re after, this is one to tick off the bucket list. With parking available nearby, the beach trail leading down offers a viewpoint to the lagoon below that is postcard picture-worthy. You’ll be greeted with aquamarine waters, white sands, rugged scenery and – if you plan your hike to avoid the crowds – you can enjoy it all for yourself! The lagoon offers warm and shallow waters, while swimming further out gets you to deeper waters ideal for snorkelling.

Palace of Knossos
Known as Europe’s oldest city, this Bronze Age archaeological site can be found within easy reach of Heraklion. The palace was part of the Minoan civilization back in the 2nd century B.C. and was one of the grandest architectural feats of even our time. The complex was restored in the 1900s and is open to tourists today, so you can appreciate the labyrinthine splendour of the site.

Explore Loutro
For a break from the beaches and tours, head to Chania’s secluded southernmost village of Loutro. Exuding Greek charm, its quaint streets offer peaceful relief from the hustle and bustle of the island’s larger cities. This is largely owed to its lack of vehicles as the village can only be reached by boat or on foot. Simply peruse the cobbled streets, gaze at the whitewashed houses and drink in its air of tranquillity. There’s also a delightful crescent-shaped bay where you can laze the day away.

Crete Resorts

Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia

Holidays in Agia Pelagia for all tastes, ages and budgets. We have a range of apartments and cheap hotels in Agia Pelagia ranging from 3 to 5 star sui…

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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos- 'Agios' to Cretan islanders, or 'Ag Nik' to the many English-speaking visitors- is a beautiful harbour town in eastern Crete, overlook…

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Amoudara

Amoudara

Amoudara is resort on a long, sandy, idyllic beach, just outside Crete's capital, Heraklion, on the island's north coast. This is where golden sands m…

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Chania

Chania

Chania is one of Crete's most attractive and appealing cities, set between breathtaking mountains and the deep turquoise of the Cretan Sea. The city i…

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Elounda

Elounda

Elounda is a beautiful resort situated in Crete's northeast, on the coast of Mirabello Bay. Approaching the village by road from Agios Nikolaos you ar…

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Fodele

Fodele

Fodele is a charming village and lovely beach resort located between the towns of Heraklion and Rethymnon, on Crete's north coast. Apart from the obvi…

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Georgioupolis

Georgioupolis

Georgioupolis is a beautiful village on Crete's north coast, between Rethymnon and Chania, set in stunning surroundings of mountains, eucalyptus trees…

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Gouves

Gouves

The Crete holidays destination of Gouves is a town and municipality in northern Crete, just east of the capital, Heraklion. Here you will find everyth…

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Heraklion

Heraklion

Heraklion is the capital of Crete, the island's largest city and the fifth largest in Greece. On first impressions Heraklion can appear a little too b…

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos

On Crete's north coast, set between mountains and sea, is the cosmopolitan resort of Hersonissos. In antiquity Hersonissos was a prosperous merchant h…

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Malia

Malia

Malia is undoubtedly one of Crete's highlights with magnificent beaches, fascinating archeology and famously pulsating nightlife. This is a resort for…

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Rethymnon

Rethymnon

Rethymnon is a vibrant resort town on Crete's north coast, the capital of Rethymnon province. The town enjoys its reputation as the cultural and intel…

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Sissi

Sissi

If you're one for peace and quiet and want to get away from commercial holidays, then Sissi is the place for you. Surrounded by picturesque beaches an…

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