Pack your swimsuits and flip flops for a fun-filled adventure in Crete. As the largest and most southern of the Greek islands Crete 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.
However, what you don’t hear very often is how the stunning island of Crete is so much more than just 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 get your teeth into. That’s not to mention the 5,000 plus years of history, culture, and delicious mezzes on hand!
If you want lively bustling resorts like Malia and Hersonissos, secluded Greek villas in Elounda, or a village full of welcoming Greeks, there’s a place for you on holiday in Crete. With only a short flight time, Crete is the perfect choice for your cheap holiday in the sun this year.
As a Greek island, it’s a requirement to spend a day or three 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 wave-jumping on Crete holidays. 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, and are great for families to splash around in.
Crete also has several smaller islands just a ferry ride away that make for an excellent day trip. Take a boat from Ierapetra on the south coast to tiny Chrysi Island for a view of Crete you’ll never forget. Gavdos, also in the south, can be reached for the western town of Palaiochora.
From the breathtaking beaches of Elafonissi in the west, to the stunning waves and palm trees of Vai in the east, Crete has more than enough beaches for a perfect Greek holiday. Crete is also full of beautiful Venetian towns and picturesque villages like Sissi, and just as many winding roads that lead you to unexpected sights and tavernas full of delicious food.
The main city of Chania and its harbour look magical in the evening light, and the lighthouse at sunset provides a romantic feeling you can’t shake. The capital of Heraklion is full of winding cobblestone streets that will keep shoppers occupied for days. Siteia is a quieter option and worth the drive, for its sandy stretch of beach lasts for kilometres, and its archaeological sites are just up the hills.
For something livelier, 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 have it all.
Take the kids to the Aquapark near Gouves, outside Heraklion, or to any of Crete’s stunning beaches. For something both you and the kids will remember, take a 10-minute boat ride to the island of Spinalonga for an incredible view and learn about its roles from a Venetian fortress to a former leper colony.
With a huge range of hotels to suit any budget, you're spoilt for choice with lowcostholidays. The Imperial Belvedere Hotel offers a beautiful hilltop location and guarantees a relaxing break just five minutes from the beach.
If you're heading to the Greek sunshine and want to make the most of the scenery, The Elounda Ilion Hotel is perfect with a panoramic view of the Bay of Mirabello. You'll enjoy a warm welcome before unwinding in a charming Greek village overlooking the island of Spinalonga.