Crete Holidays 2015

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Charm and Beauty in Crete

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If you’re craving some serious sunshine, sand and sea, stop delaying and begin packing your swimsuits and flip flops for a fun-filled adventure in Crete. Crete is the largest and most southern of the Greek islands and is a popular holiday destination for British holidaymakers. This fascinating island offers beautiful sandy beaches and pebble coves that will fill cameras with postcard-worthy photos from your Crete holidays.

If you wouldn’t exactly class yourself as a beach bum, don’t fret. The stunning island of Crete can offer so much more than a beach holiday. Brimming with majestic mountains, gorges to hike, plains to see and curving coastlines to drive- there’s a plethora of things to do in Crete to get your teeth into. That’s not to mention the 5,000-plus years of history, culture, and delicious mezzes on hand, all rewarding experiences of holidays to Crete.

Kick Back in Crete

If you’re after a party experience, you should flock to the bustling resorts of Malia or Hersonissos, while those after peace and quiet should seek out secluded Greek villas in Elounda or a village full of welcoming Greeks - there’s a place for everyone during Crete holidays.

To stay in tune with the typical lures of an island of Greece, you will want to spend some time relaxing on the beaches. The north is home to an array of sandy stretches and the meltemia – northern summer winds - provide ample opportunity for windsurfing and wakeboarding on the fabulous ocean waters. Those that want to get beneath the water should head to the southern coast for warmer waters and the frequently-rocky beaches of the Libyan Sea for phenomenal snorkelling and diving. Traditionally the cleanest beaches around the island are the Blue Flag beaches like Platanias or Amoudara, near Aghios Nikolaos, proving great locations for families to splash around in.

Always an adventure

From the breath-taking beaches of Elafonissi in the west, to the stunning waves and palm trees of Vai in the east, Crete holidays offer more than enough beaches for a perfect Greek beach hop. The island is also full of beautiful Venetian towns and picturesque villages like Sissi, and an equal proportion of stunning, winding roads that lead you to unexpected ancient sites or traditional tavernas full of delicious, authentic food.

The city of Chania and its harbour look magical in the evening light, and the lighthouse at sunset provides a romantic feeling that couples won’t shake. The capital of Heraklion is full of winding cobblestone streets that will keep shoppers occupied for days, while Siteia, a quieter option, is worth the drive for its sandy stretch of beach that lasts for kilometres and its archaeological sites situated in the surrounding hills.

For something livelier, descend on the resorts of Stalis and take your pick from the tavernas, modern restaurants, pubs and clubs that line their streets. From a quiet evening in a traditional restaurant to dancing all night in one of the clubs, whatever you decide, holidays to Crete continue long into the night.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Greek (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours
Local airport: Heraklion
Flight time: 4 hours

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Island's History

Crete is fully of amazing Bronze Age palaces, like Knossos, whose ruins are one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. On your holiday to Crete you can uncover the island’s past from the Minoans at sites like Phaistos and Kato Zakros to World War II monuments in villages. Discover the Hellenistic city of Lato and Byzantine churches, like the Basilica of Ayios Titos in the city of Gortys- the first church founded on the island. You don’t have to be a historian to enjoy Crete’s history!

Museums

Discover Crete’s culture with a visit to its many – air-conditioned – archaeological and folklore museums that are home to the thousands of archaeological discoveries. See exciting artefacts found across the island over the centuries, and many date back three or more millennia. The most famous museum, located in Heraklion, houses the artefacts from excavations on the island – temporarily on exhibition. For a more recent past, check out the island of Spinalonga and discover the Greek culture at the Folklore Museum at Aghios Nikolaos.

Walking in Crete

Samaria Gorge is the perfect place on Crete for a fabulous and scenic hike. The famous Iron Gates, where the gorge shortens to only four feet wide is a marvellous spectacle of nature that is a definite must-see if you’re on the west side of the island. Kato Zakros is an 4000 year old Minoan palace on the eastern side of the island near another national park, and only a few steps away from the brilliantly blue waters and cosy beach of the same name.

Tavernas and Raki

For traditional Cretan delicacies and dishes, head to a local tavern, or a restaurant where the locals eat. If you’re looking to sample the local seafood dishes - which are usually freshly caught - then have lunch or dinner in a psarotaverna, a restaurant specialising in fish fare and sports its catches at the front of the establishment. For the local sweet delicacy of cakes and coffee try out the beachside coffee shops or those in the heart of Cretan villages. Don’t forget to try a bit of raki after your meal!