Island of Crete Holidays

Welcome to Crete

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is renowned for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea, Crete boasts a diverse terrain that ranges from rugged mountains to beautiful beaches and fertile plains.

One of the island's highlights is its ancient history, with traces of civilizations dating back thousands of years. Visitors can explore the Minoan ruins at Knossos, which are among the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The Minoan civilization, which thrived on Crete around 2000 BC, left behind magnificent palaces, artwork, and artifacts that offer fascinating insights into ancient life.

In addition to its historical significance, Crete is also known for its natural beauty. The island is home to stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters, such as Elafonissi, Balos, and Falassarna. These idyllic spots are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.

Crete's mountainous interior is equally enchanting, with picturesque villages, olive groves, and vineyards dotting the landscape. The Samaria Gorge, located in the White Mountains, is one of Europe's longest gorges and offers hikers breathtaking views of rugged cliffs and lush vegetation.

The island's culinary scene is another highlight, with traditional Cretan cuisine featuring fresh ingredients, flavorful herbs, and olive oil. Visitors can sample local specialties such as dakos (rusk with tomatoes and feta), moussaka (a layered dish with eggplant, meat, and béchamel sauce), and freshly caught seafood.

Throughout the year, Crete hosts numerous cultural events and festivals that celebrate its heritage and traditions. From religious processions to music and dance performances, these festivities offer visitors a chance to experience the island's vibrant culture firsthand.

With its fascinating history, stunning landscapes, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality, Crete offers something for every traveler to enjoy. Whether exploring ancient ruins, lounging on the beach, or hiking through scenic gorges, visitors are sure to be captivated by the beauty and charm of this enchanting island.

Connections

There are regular ferry and/or catamaran services between Crete and the port of Piraeus (Athens), Santorini, Mykonos, Kos/ Rhodes (on set days), Paros and Naxos. Flights from Crete to Athens , daily and charter flights to the UK.
 

Transfers and Distances

Details of all island transfers will be given at the time of booking or on request, since these vary depending on departure details.
 

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What to do in Crete

This beautiful island is famous for its spectacular scenery, its magnificent sunsets and its fascinating history.

Visit Elafonissi Beach

Nestled along the southwest coast of Crete, this secluded beach boasts its claim to fame with its stunning pink sand. While the intensity of the pink hues may vary depending on conditions and the time of year, the crystal-clear waters consistently draw in summer vacationers seeking sunbathing and water sports. For a refreshing change of scenery, take a hike to the nearby cedar tree reserves. Arrive in the morning to snag a prime spot with a chair and umbrella before the crowds, or opt for an evening visit to catch a breathtaking sunset in serene surroundings.

Enjoy a Charming Rethymnon Old Town

Explore the charming Rethymnon Old Town, where narrow streets wind past Orthodox churches, showcasing a blend of Venetian and Turkish architecture. Don't miss landmarks like the Neratze Mosque and the Venetian fortress. Indulge in Greek cuisine at al fresco eateries or enjoy a drink at the lively bars. Unwind by the port or join a sunset cruise from the Old Venetian Harbour.

Enjoy the Mesmerizing Turquoise Lagoon

Welcome to one of Crete's most iconic spots: the mesmerizing turquoise lagoon, a photographer's paradise with its breathtaking panoramic views. While you'll find sunbeds, umbrellas for rent, and snacks available, it's wise to bring along a hearty meal for sustenance. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as the beach can get breezy. If driving, ensure you have suitable footwear for the steep descent from the parking area. For a peaceful experience, aim to visit early in the morning when the lagoon is at its serene best.

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Watch the spectacular sunset at Old Venetian Harbour
Explore the he charming Rethymnon Old Town, see the narrow streets and walk besides its churches
Swim from the distinctive pink sand of Elafonissi
Take a trip to the mesmerizing turquoise lagoon

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