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Crete Holidays

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The mythological birthplace of Zeus never fails to bewitch travellers. Ancient treasures, sun-drenched beaches and gourmet treats are just the start on holidays in Crete.

Are you a history buff, a beach lover or a foodie? Crete holidays tick all the boxes. The largest of the Greek Islands boasts evocative remnants of the Minoan civilisation, Renaissance mansions and Byzantine monasteries. Breathtaking beaches feature among the world’s best and charming villages highlight time-honoured traditions. To keep you going, the famous Cretan diet serves up local cheeses, seafood and wine.

Outdoor Adventures in Crete

Hike through rugged gorges and cycle among olive groves. Explore off-road trails on a jeep safari and plunge into the sea to discover unique volcanic reefs. Crete is a holiday destination brimming with natural masterpieces to enjoy in the great outdoors. Sunny swimming weather lasts from May to October and mild winters are great for sightseeing.

Why book Crete holidays

Discover the best beaches

Secluded bays, sandy shores and family-friendly beaches

Must-visit historical sites

Don't miss out on the Palace of Knossos

Sample the local food

Delectable cheese, succulent fish & some of the best olive oil you've ever tried

Cultural hotspot not to miss

Stroll past the Venetian buildings in Rethymno's Old Quarter

Try the local wine

Discover one of the oldest wine-producing areas in Europe

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Stroll down Agios Nikolaos' colourful harbour

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Top 5 things to do in Crete

Top 5 things to do in Crete

From activities for the whole family to romantic escapes and cheap holidays with friends, there’s fun for everyone in Crete.

  • Walk the eight kilometre-long Imbros Gorge through wildflower meadows to the seaside village of Komitades. The narrowest part of the gorge is a spectacular sight, at under two metres wide.
  • The shimmering turquoise waters and white sands of Balos Lagoon are world-famous. The lagoon is formed between Cape Gramvousa and Cape Tigani, with placid water that creates swimming heaven in the heart of nature.
  • Swirls of pinkish-white sand combine with the translucent blue sea at Elafonisi Beach. Wade through shallow water to reach Elafonisi Islet. You’ll find a classified nature reserve that’s home to rare plants and serene coves.
  • Spend a day hiking, climbing or even driving through lush Theriso Gorge, which is in easy day trip distance of Chania.
  • Potamos Beach sits next to Malia Wetland, with a crystal-clear stream that forms seasonally and flows onto the golden sands. You’ll find sunbeds and umbrellas, along with plenty of sandy space to spread out.
History and culture in Crete

History and culture in Crete

Explore Bronze Age ruins, Minoan pottery and colourful Cretan culture on holidays in Crete.

  • Collections at the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum span 5,500 years, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. Discover frescoes, jewellery, sarcophagi and Minoan art.
  • The Venetian and Ottoman eras are on fine display in the Old Town of Rethymnon. Wander the narrow streets of the preserved Renaissance city to discover atmospheric mansions and traditional tavernas.
  • Lined with pastel-coloured buildings, shops and tavernas, Chania’s Old Venetian Harbour is a charming reminder of the past. Get happily lost in the jumble of laneways that intersect grand buildings.
  • Aquaworld is Crete’s first Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre. Most of the inhabitants were rescued due to injury. Get up-close to Raja the Burmese python and Blondie the giant tortoise.
  • Delve into the famous Cretan diet at the Cretan Olive Oil Farm. Check out an old olive oil press, take cooking lessons, learn about medicinal herbs and, of course, taste original Cretan products!

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Crete weather

Crete weather
Jan
14°C
Avg. Dry Days 20
Feb
14°C
Avg. Dry Days 20
Mar
16°C
Avg. Dry Days 23
Apr
18°C
Avg. Dry Days 24
Nov
19°C
Avg. Dry Days 24
Dec
16°C
Avg. Dry Days 20

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Where should I stay in Crete?

Choose from an array of beautiful beach resorts on a getaway to Crete. Chania, Rethymnon and Heraklion all offer beach resorts with city action nearby. Quieter areas include Elounda, Sissi and Maleme. 

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