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Holidays to Crete, Greece

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.

LANGUAGE Greek
CURRENCY Euro
TIME DIFFERENCE GMT +2
FLIGHT TIME 4.5 hrs
COST OF A BEER Around €3.00
3 COURSE MEAL €20-25
  • Renaissance charm

    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.

  • Tasty Tavernas

    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.

  • Thrilling adventures

    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.

Activities

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.

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Acqua Park

Acqua Plus Water Park is located 5 kilometres from Hersonissos and has been offering a fun-packed family day out for more than 20 years.

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Amazonas Park

Opened in 2011, the Amazonas Park is the only zoo in Crete and specialises in animals from South America. Parrots and Monkeys are particular focuses.

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Beaches

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.

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Ammos Beach

Ammos actually means sand in Greek, and Ammos Beach is worth of its name, being one of the most popular beaches in all of Crete.

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Ammoudi beach

Ammoudi is handy for those who staying in Agios Nikolaos, being situated just 1km north of the city centre. The beach can be found in a large bay.

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Food and Drink

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.

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Beachfront bars

Crete’s golden beaches are among the best in the world, attracting thousands of tourists each week. The range of beach bars is also popular.

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Cheap places to eat

Crete is one renowned for its delicious cuisine, with thousands and thousands of visitors flocking to its shores every year to sample the local food.

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Sights

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.

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Agios Nikolaos Harbour

If you are visiting Crete on a cruise, there’s a good chance you will call in at Agios Nikolaos Harbour. This busy harbour is home to boats and…

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Cave of Zeus

The Cave of Zeus is one of Crete’s most historical attractions, holding an incredibly significant place in Greek history. It is believed to be the…

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Top Resorts in Crete

Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia is a laidback resort close to the capital city of Heraklion, popular with families and older couples for its slow-paced lifestyle and variety of beaches.

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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is best known for its beautiful ocean scenery; the resort has a marina, five lovely beaches, and a lake connected to the sea bordered by a number of lively bars and restaurants.

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Ammoudara

Ammoudara is a popular tourist resort with something for everyone, boasting a Blue Flag beach, lively nightlife and plenty of activities and day trip options on offer.

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Bali

Bali is a pleasant and pretty resort, perfect for families and couples looking for a relaxing break in the sun. The resort has several beautiful beaches, as well as a number of hidden coves waiting to be explored.

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Chania

Crete’s second biggest city is a dazzling mix of old and new, where the Venetian harbour and cobbled streets mingle with modern hotels and bars. For a mix of city and beach, Chania is the perfect choice!

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Elounda

A picturesque resort with an air of exclusivity favoured by the rich and famous, Elounda has maintained its small-village charm despite becoming a popular tourist destination.

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Heraklion

Crete’s capital city is the hub of the island, where most of Crete’s key museums and historical sights can be found. With a little bit of everything on offer, Heraklion is the place to be for a varied holiday.

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos is a popular choice for groups of 18-30s looking for an unforgettable clubbing holiday! Developed with tourists in mind, the resort has plenty of bars and all inclusive resorts for the sun holiday of a lifetime.

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Malia

If you want to party anywhere in Crete, Malia is the place to be! The main strip is a constant hive of activity and people are always ready to party! Enjoy the heat of the sun in the day and then get your glad rags on in the evening and dance the night away!

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Rethymnon

A city next to a beach, Rethymnon is the ideal choice for a holiday with variety! Enjoying a central location between Crete’s two airports, the resort is perfectly placed for exploring the island.

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Sissi

The tiny resort of Sissi on the north coast of Crete is an idyllic hideaway, perfect for those looking for a true island escape. Life moves at a slow pace here; all there is for you to do is sit back and relax!

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Stalis

The beach in Stalis is one of the best in Crete, and the thing that draws visitors back year after year! A laidback and quiet resort, Stalis oozes sophistication, perfect for a relaxing sun holiday!

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Location of Crete

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