Cheap Holidays to Crete

Greece's largest island, Crete is renowned for its large sandy pebble beaches, magnificent rocky coastline, and historical ruins. There is plenty to see and do here, from a trip to the ancient ruins of Minoan Palace of Knossos to the various watersports that can be found from the many beautiful beaches.

So whether you venture into the city for a traditional tourist feel or drift into the villages for a more authentic Cretan vibe, you are bound to have an amazing time.

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Map of Crete

How Hot?

Due to its southerly location, Crete has the mildest climate in Greece, with a summer season that lasts for six months and more than 2800 hours of sunshine a year. The hottest months are July and August where temperatures are often in the high-eighties and even into the nineties.

Out and About

Once home to Mythical characters and legendary Kings, Crete has now become one of the best destinations for stunning countryside, beautiful beaches and a great range of attractions and outdoor activities.

Among the many archaeological sites is the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos which was the legendary home of King Minos and the source of the tale of Theseus who slew the minotaur, half man, half bull in the labyrinth. Whilst you are there, have your photograph taken next to the statue of the bull's horns.

Some amazing artifacts can be found in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, it is a great way to find out a little more about the Minoan civilisation. There are various other museums dotted around Crete and are all worth a visit to get a glimpse of the past.

Crete's many beaches are the perfect spot for soaking up the sun or taking part in the many watersports on offer. There are also plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling around the island. If watersports are not for you, why not take to the hills on horseback to explore the many trails and paths to see Crete at it's best. For the more adventurous, there is mountain biking and rock climbing.

Although it can be hard work in the sun, it is worth a visit to Samaria Gorge, the longest and one of the most beautiful Gorges in Europe. Found near Chania, the national park is 16km long and offers stunning wildlife and plants. To walk the full length will take approx 6 hours but definitely worth it for the incredible sights you will encounter. The walk ends at the sea near Agia Roumeli but don't worry you don't need to walk all the way back, you can catch a ferry and a bus right back to the starting point.

Another popular attraction is the Limnoupolis, Crete's largest and most entertaining waterpark where there are thrills and spills for all the family.

The most beautiful resort on the island is probably Chania which was briefly the island's capital. The old town is full of cobbled streets and stunning Venetian architecture. There is a museum housing artefacts from the Roman times but if you prefer to sit and relax you can choose from the many quaint cafes and tavernas on offer. A great way to see the town is by horse drawn carriage which you can board near the harbour.

So whether you are interested in the ancient history or the more up to date attractions, there is a little something for everyone in Crete.

Out for Lunch!

The Cretan diet is known to be one of the healthiest in the world due to using the freshest ingredients and olive oil. As you travel through the countryside of Crete, take in the wonderful smell of the herbs and flowers growing in the wild. Olive oil plays a major role in Cretan cuisine with most dishes having at least a spoon or 2 of olive oil in it. Some of the traditional dishes to try are Dakos-a very typical Cretan dish of rusks baked and topped with tomato, olive oil, cheese and oregano, Dolmades-stuffed vine leaves with rice and herbs or Crete cheese which comes in different varieties.

You can dine in a variety of establishments throughout the island. There are numerous luxury restaurants and tavernas, traditional tavernas along the beach roads and further inland. If its a quick bite you're after there are plenty of snack bars located in every town on most street corners.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From Glasgow 4 hrs 25 mins, From Manchester 4 hrs 15 mins, From London 3 hrs 30 mins

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars and Cafes - mixed and varied.

Best Time to Visit: May to October

Top Hotels In Crete

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Crete, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Georgioupolis
Situated on the seafront, these simply furnished apartments are ideal for those looking for a relaxing beach holiday, close to the resort centre....

4.7 / 5 from 14 reviews

Elounda
The Elounda Akti Olous hotel is a family run hotel offering comfortable accommodation in a cosy friendly environment. A popular hotel with many guests regularly returning....

4.5 / 5 from 15 reviews

Almyrida
The Almyrida Beach Hotel lies in the village of Almyrida. Almyrida is a natural cove opposite the isle of Karga. The village has imposing hills with luscious olive groves and sun-kissed beaches. The m...

4.9 / 5 from 10 reviews

Georgioupolis
This charming apartment complex is set in pretty and well maintained gardens in a quiet location close to the village centre and beach....

4.8 / 5 from 6 reviews

Chania
The hotel is located on the beach of Platanias offering comfortable hotel rooms and self-catering accommodation in an ideal central location coupled with a good range of facilities on site....

4.4 / 5 from 7 reviews

Gouves
Being so close to the beach coupled with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere makes the Pella Apartments the ideal base for a relaxing holiday....

5 / 5 from 7 reviews

Hersonissos
The Stella Palace Hotel is situated on the beachfront adjacent to its sister hotel the Stella Village, between them they provide a great range of facilities to keep all ages entertained, coupled with ...

4.7 / 5 from 7 reviews

Hersonissos
The Mitsis Laguna Resort and Spa Hotel is an impressive 5 star hotel which boasts a vast range of services and facilities in a beautiful beachfront location. An ideal choice for couples and families ...

4.9 / 5 from 8 reviews

Aghios Nikolaos
Situated on the seafront, beside a man-made beach, the Hermes Hotel provides guests with a great base for enjoying all the resort amenities whilst benefiting from a roof top swimming pool with breatht...

4.3 / 5 from 8 reviews

Bali
The family owned Amalia Apartments offer guests a warm Cretan welcome and provide well equipped budget accommodation in a central location....

4.5 / 5 from 13 reviews

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