Crete holidays offer an elusive mix of exotic beaches and fascinating culture, all rolled into one fantastic resort. As well as golden sands and glittering sea waters, Crete is home to over 2000 plant species, making the landscape here picture-perfect and delightful to stroll through.
Crete is rich in history, too. In fact, its heritage is actually more ancient than that of the European continent. Ageless renaissance paintings created in The Cretan School of Iconography can be found in various museums and monasteries located all over Crete; there is something for everyone here.
A trip to Crete isn’t just about lying in the sizzling heat. It’s about exploring the rich, mossy hills in the countryside, discovering the fascinating Venetian architecture and strolling down the intricately designed, narrow streets in the traditional Old Town. Mythological history can actually still be found in many of the beautiful resorts. In fact, legend has it that the famous Zeus was born in one of the blissful caves located in Crete.
Cretan cuisine is simply delicious and will leave your taste buds tingling from the vast range of flavours that are carefully mixed into each dish. Scrumptious tavernas are peppered all over Greece, offering a full menu of traditional Greek cuisine for you to try and enjoy. Pay a visit to Elounda, home to the fantastic Ferryman Taverna, which opened its doors back in 1974 and has served delectable tapas dishes ever since.
Whether you’re looking to embark on a jeep safari ride, uncover exciting sea life while scuba diving, or visit secluded coves on a speed boat, Crete is full of exciting activities to enjoy and explore. If you’re looking for a real adrenaline rush, rent a jet-ski and skim the clear waters at high speed, while taking in the beautiful coastline. There are also plenty of outlets to rent a parasail from, for groups, families and couples.
There’s plenty of exciting adventures to embark on, while holidaying in Crete. Seek out the incredible Elephant Cave Dive and experience the underwater world of Crete, while discovering and studying remarkable elephant fossils. If you’d prefer a secluded day trip away, head to Chrissi Island, a peaceful haven just outside of Crete, home to the historical Saint Nicholas Chapel.SEE ALL GUIDES
Crete’s beaches offer holidaymakers colourful skies and an alluring, Caribbean vibe, thanks to the swaying palm trees scattered around the island, vast crystal waters and cloudless, clear blue skies. Be sure to take a trip over to Anissaras Beach and stroll on the fine, white sands that stretch as far as 1 km in length.SEE ALL GUIDES
If you’re looking to relax by day and party by night, head to the ultimate party resort – Malia, were you can dance all night and share a fishbowl filled with fruity cocktails. For foodies looking for find dining, Chania is a simply stunning spot to eat delectable Greek delights. This hot spot location is particularly popular among wine lovers, who can sample the unique taste of Cretan wine as they chat with friends.SEE ALL GUIDES
Crete is filled with different opportunities to explore stunning secluded spots and unforgettable scenes, by boat and by foot. Sail over the ocean waters to visit the heavenly Lake Voulisment, in Agios Nikolaos and capture the essence of Crete’s wondrous landscape. Or, take a hike to Samaria Gorge, the stunning national park that has been named as one of the best in the whole of Europe.SEE ALL GUIDES