Crete

Crete

  • About Crete

    The most southern island in Europe Crete is a colossal and beautiful place full of breathtaking scenery and culture. In Crete you can visit idyllic mountain villages, lounge on clean sandy beaches, explore coves and bays, see historical sites of the ancient Greeks or dance until you drop in some of the islands legendary nightclubs.

    Whether you are single or a couple or a family seeking a holiday suitable for your tastes rest assured Crete is without doubt a destination which provides an opportunity for the holiday of your dreams.

    Crete benefits from sunshine all year round and has accommodation to suit every taste and budget. As such it is one of the most popular island holiday locations in Europe.

    Crete - or Κρήτη or Kriti - is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Attractions

    As well as its beautiful beaches and picturesque villages and towns there are many astounding natural and man made sites to visit and explore.

    Samaria Gorge

    The biggest gorge in Greece and in Europe, a phenomenal natural phenomenon and one of the major tourist attractions of the island. The 18km long gorge was created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mount Volakias. Has to be seen from its foothills to be truly appreciated.

    Knossos

    This world famous tourist attraction is the largest Bronze Age site on the island. This was the palace of King Knossos who ruled the Minoan Empire. In Greek legend the Minotaur, a mythical monster, with the head of a bull and the body of a man, was also thought to have lived here in its labyrinth.

    Lato

    Ancient city and rare non-Minoan archaeological site on the island which was founded in 7BC. Provides breathtaking views over the Mirabello Gulf. Many fascinating ruins remain including the remnants of a theatre and an ancient Temple of Apollo.

  • Hot Resorts

    Heraklion

    Includes the islands archaeological museum and lots of vibrant nightlife, excellent choice of shops as well as plenty of churches and other sites.

    Chania

    Lots of Venetian history here including impressive Venetian harbour. Includes delightful narrow streets and small hotels and some nice bars.

    Rethymno

    Rethymnon is a lovely town with old section including impressive Venetian castle. Great sandy beach and good combinations of bars, cafes, restaurants.

    Sitia

    Quieter with good beach and lots of interesting cafes and quality hotels.

  • Hot Weather

    Crete lies between the Mediterranean and North Africa and so the climate is mainly temperate. Can be quite humid but is warm all year round. Strangely snow is common on the extremely high mountain ranges and can be seen even during heat waves - although unheard of in the lowland and coastal areas. Temperatures in summer months are often in the low to mid 30s C.

  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Heraklion
    • Population - 623,666
    • Time Zone - GMT +2
    • Languages - Greek
    • Currency - Euro