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Crete is a Greek Island renowned for its beauty and relaxing vibe. A popular tourist destination, travelers from the UK have been holidaying in Crete for many years.
Crete is the largest island in Greece, and is the Southernmost island in Europe. It features many appealing holiday characteristics such as soft sandy beaches, stunning bays and coves edged by the blue Mediterranean Sea, great weather and also lots of nightlife to choose from. The mountain ranges here are stunning, creating a magical backdrop to a wonderful Greek Island. The 1000km of coastline here is edged with clear warm waters, rocky outcrops, quiet coves, traditional Greek villages and holiday resorts.
Crete is a holidaymakers dream as there is so much to see and do here. From the traditional mountain villages where you can sit and watch the world go by to watersports at the water's edge down on the beach for the more active amongst you. Crete has a great selection of hotels and resorts to choose from, which sit comfortably side by side with the historical importance of this island with its wonderful archaeological sites.Enjoy the heady scents of wild herbs, orange blossom and jasmine, or relax and chill out on one of Crete's long sandy beaches bathed in sunlight for many months of the year. As, according to legends, Crete was the birthplace of Zeus, there are also many archaeological sites of interest and a wealth of history here
Crete is typically Mediterranean in climate and therefore enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. Being the most Southern of the islands it has the longest Summer season in the region meaning even April temperatures can reach 18°C. Temperatures in August can peak at 27°C with 13 hours of sunshine a day. Humidity here is held at bay by the strong 'meltemi' winds which flow through this region offering a cooling breeze.
There are many excellent holiday resorts to choose from in Crete. Heraklion, the capital of Crete and fourth largest city in Greece, houses the major archaeological museum on the island full of important and archaeological finds. Nearby is Agia Pelagia, a small coastal town 20km West of Heraklion. The resort is situated on a large deep cove and offers beautiful picture postcard perfect scenery, ideal for a relaxing holiday in Crete. Lively Malia on the other hand is popular with the 18 to 30's crowd and hosts many hotels, bars and restaurants as well as a vibrant nightlife. The golden sandy beach here in Malia is as lively and packed with cool funky bars. Chania (pronounced 'hania') in the West of Crete has many shops and restaurants within its narrow winding streets. It is a City and is situated in the greenest part of the island. You can see lots of traditional Turkish and Venetian architecture here especially within the old town and the Venetian harbour, which draw many visitors and tourists each year. Elounda, on the Eastern coast of Crete is a luxury hotel haven surrounded by beautiful scenery. If you're looking for 5* Elounda is a good place to go as it's synonymous with luxury here. Or why not holiday in Agios Nikolaos, a resort situated in Merabello Bay in East Crete and built around a central, now famous, stunning lake. It's a small town in itself but also a good base for exploring the more 'off the beaten track' areas of East Crete and the wonderful scenery here.
There are three main airports in Crete, situated in Heraklion, Chania and Sitia. International flights fly into Heraklion and Chania, Sitia is used for domestic flights between the Greek Islands and within Crete itself. There are many charter flights during the Summer season from European destinations to Crete, mainly flying into Heraklion, plus scheduled airlines which also fly direct to both Heraklion and Chania.
If the nightlife is important to you and you want a lively holiday then the best places to choose are probably Malia or Hersonissos. During peak season (July/August) these resorts are full of a younger crowd of holidaymaker enjoying everything the nightlife has to offer. If you still like to party but want to avoid the huge crowds here then travel here early or late in the season when it's still lively but less frenetic! The City of Hersonissos is full of lively bars and clubs that party until the early hours, as is Malia.
Easter is the most important time in Crete for festivals, with many events being held during holy week. In fact there are regional and national festivals throughout the yearly calendar in Crete so you're likely to experience one at some point during your Crete holidays! Each church is associated with a particular Saint which is celebrated on that Saint's name day with a festival or Panagiri as it's called. If you have the same name as the Saint you are lucky as the day is also treated like your birthday and is cause for celebration!
Crete is a beautiful Greek Island which is popular with millions of holidaymakers each year. Stay in one of the main holiday resorts and experience amazing scenery, great weather and relaxing holidays, or if you are more adventurous venture South to the less tourist focused areas and experience the real traditional Crete. Wherever you choose to go on your Crete holiday you can be sure of a warm welcome and a laid back way of life that will envelop you and send you back home refreshed and wanting to return.