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The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete is renowned for its seamless blend of pristine beaches, ancient ruins, rugged mountain landscape and one-of-a-kind gastronomy.
Feeling more like its own small country than an island, Corfu is large in personality and area. With a huge choice of resorts to choose from, and with hotels offering everything from scuba diving to poolside massage, there’s something on Crete for every holidaymaker, whether they be big, small, or something in-between.Beaches
With over 1000km of coastline you will never be short of finding your perfect Cretan beach. Long stretches of golden sands are broken up by olive groves; and secluded bays with crystal-clear waters are easy to find. For a unique Cretan experience be sure to visit Vai – Europe’s only palm forest beach or take a stroll along the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach.Culture
With ancient ruins a plenty, museums by the bucket load and even the birthplace of a Greek god, Crete is a cultural haven and a truly spectacular place to discover. Wander the various ruins or visit an archaeological museum to see how life once was here. Greek mythology fans can also visit Lassithi Plateau, believed to be the birthplace of Zeus!Food & Drink
Cretan food perfectly combines island cuisine with Greek tradition. Expect a lot of fresh fish and seafood on the menu with plenty of olives, tomatoes and, of course, feta cheese. Smaller dishes known as meze are often very popular and include a variety of options such as dolmades – stuffed vine leaves, tzatziki and loukanika – Greek sausages. Traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka are also commonplace here.Nightlife
Cretan nightlife is vastly diverse and suited to all tastes. Malia is the island’s clubbing capital with an infamous strip of late night bars and clubs hosting top DJ’s that are open until dawn. Agios Nikalos and Hersonissos are also lively resorts with a great nightlife. Elsewhere expect a more laid-back vibe with bustling bars and late night tavernas.
Important Information Flight Time: 4hrs Time Difference: +2hrs Currency: Euro Official Language: Greek
Crete hotels for families
Find a hotel that your kids will love. Beachfront hotels with waterparks? Yes please! Keep the kids entertained this holiday with our top family-friendly hotels below.
- Nearest beach approximately 1.5km away
- Seasonal mini water park
- Spa including sauna, jacuzzi and hammam
- Located 350m from the beach
- 3 outdoor swimming pools, 2 children’s pools
- waterslides and mini club programmes
- Located 50m from the beach
- Lazy river and waterslides
- Five swimming pools
All inclusive hotels in Crete
Cocktails by the pool? Ice cream at 9am? A list of activities as long as your arm? Our choice of All Inclusive hotels below mean you can answer yes to all of the above – all of time and all included in the price!.
Agia Pelagia, Crete
- 600m from the beach
- Two swimming pools
- Free bus service to and from Agia Pelagia
Agia Pelagia, Crete
- 200m from the beach
- Huge range of sports facilities and activities
- 3 swimming pools
- Overlooks the beach
- Kids club and playground
- Pedalos and canoes available
5 star luxury Crete hotels
Fancy a little bit of added luxury on this holiday? Look no further than our choice of top luxury hotels below and relax the days away in style.
Agia Pelagia, Crete
- Located 100m from the beach
- 3 outdoor saltwater swimming pools
- Mini club and daily entertainment
- Overlooks the sea, 900m from the beach
- 4 restaurants and six bars
- 7(!) swimming pools
- The hotel opens up onto the beach
- Great variety of restaurants
- Water sports available
Budget Crete hotels
A fun-filled holiday in the sun doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’ve rounded up the best hotels in Crete for a break on a budget.
- 1km from the beach
- Swim-up bar and poolside bar
- 3 large outdoor swimming pools
- Approximately 1.3km from Gouves beach
- Kids mini club and play area
- Shuttle service
- 120m from the beach
- Onsite restaurant
- 2 Swimming pools, 1 kids pool, 1 baby pool
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