Crete is Greece's largest island, and has a resort to suit every kind of visitor! Whether you're looking for culture in the capital of Heraklion, a laidback break in scenic Bali or a week of partying in Malia, Crete can cater for you. Thanks to the great public transport options, you don't even have to pick just one; hop on a bus and go exploring!
Things to Do
Make the most of the sunshine and head to Crete’s beautiful coastline, in resorts like Balia, Agios Nikolaos and Stalis. If you prefer more active holiday distractions, go hiking through Samaria Gorge, or Koutsouras Gorge for a more leisurely walk. If you’re wanting a real party experience, Malia is the place to go in Crete to dance until dawn! The bustling, loud and vibrant destination draws in thousands of revellers each summer and is certainly an experience if you want to let your hair down.
Food and Drink
Cretan food is based on a foundation of fresh ingredients - expect seafood from the surrounding ocean, home-grown vegetables and creamy feta cheese salads. For dessert, munch on sweet pastries filled with cream and topped with icing sugar or smooth Greek yoghurt covered with a thick layer of honey and walnuts, and top off your meal with a small drink of potent Raki, Crete's local liquor.
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.
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.
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!