Crete at a glance

Crete has the longest summers in Greece so let the sunshine warm your soul as the island reveals its exceptional beauty and diverse landscapes with dream-like villages on green hillsides.

During your Crete family holiday, embrace distinctive traditions, meet friendly locals in the coffee houses or join in the many festivals where music is the food of love.

Alongside gorgeous sandy beaches and picturesque harbours, Crete is an island of impressive mountains and long, deep gorges. How about a hike through Samaria Gorge National Park to discover the cave where, according to legend, Zeus was born? Or you can walk within a deep fissure of rock from Omalso to Aghia Roumeli, about 11 miles – an exciting challenge for experienced walkers.

Another tempting option is the lush landscape of Richtis Gorge – richly forested, cool and green, with a welcoming waterfall to soothe tired feet and the chance to swim from the lovely pebble beach as your reward whilst on a luxury Crete holiday.

Crete is the birthplace of the Minoans, who ruled 4,000 years ago, therefore no visit to the island is complete without a visit to the Palace of Knossos, south of the capital Heraklion.

Heraklion also has a world-class archaeological museum which is a ‘must-see’ for heritage buffs who will be equally be fascinated by the Ottoman, Minoan and Roman influences on Chania, a city of Venetian architecture and a 14th century harbour.

How about a gourmet trail into the countryside? Find rural tavernas which produce their own cheese, meat and olive oil and sample village recipes before taking home some honey, flavoured by mountain herbs.

No matter your taste or interests, there’s a little bit of something for everyone on a Crete all inclusive holiday. Read on to discover more of what’s available to see and do during your Crete holiday.

Where to stay in Crete

Ag Apostoli

Ag Apostoli

Ag Apostoli is a peaceful resort in an area of unique natural beauty with three sandy beaches and shallow waters that are perfect for families.

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Aghios Nikolaos

A picturesque and busy fishing town that is ideal for anyone seeking a lively, fun-filled holiday.

Agia Marina

Agia Marina

A peaceful village during the day with sandy beaches and characterful tavernas, retaining a laid-back atmosphere at night.

Agia Pelagia, Crete, Greece

Agia Pelagia

Agia Pelagia is a small village that exudes an authentic, traditionally Greek aura. It is a wonderfully peaceful area.

Amoudara, Crete, Greece

Amoudara

Amoudara means the 'huge sand' in Greek, making this resort with its 7km stretch of golden sand, the ideal choice for beach lovers.

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Anissaras

This resort is spread over a large area of hilly land - great for walkers. The rocky and pebbly beach is lined with plenty of friendly tavernas.

Bali, Crete, Greece

Bali

Bali is ideal for those seeking relaxation in tranquil surroundings and is a perfect place from which to explore.

Chania Town, Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania Town

The picturesque, Venetian harbour in Chania Town offers traditional tavernas, which are perfect for indulging in excellent seafood.

Elounda, Crete, Greece

Elounda

Holidays to Elounda are ideally suited to families and couples wishing to relax amid beautiful scenery in Crete’s premier luxury resort.

Galatas

Galatas

A desirable location with a strong, authentic feel for those looking for a relaxing holiday in unspoilt Crete surroundings.

Georgioupolis, Chania, Crete, Greece

Georgioupolis

Georgioupolis lies on the north coast of Crete and is very popular with a pretty village lying on the River Almyros, surrounded by hills.

Gerani, Chania, Crete, Greece

Gerani

A traditional Crete village boasting a fascinating history and beautiful beaches.

Gouves

Gouves

Gouves is perfect for those who wish to relax amongst pleasant surroundings or to explore the beautiful northern area of Crete while on holiday.

Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

Hersonissos

Hersonissos holidays cater for all, although the young and lively are attracted in high season.

Kalyves, Chania, Crete, Greece

Kalyves

Kalyves is ideal for those in search of a quiet holiday at an organised Cretan resort, escaping from the busy atmosphere.

Kamisiana

Kamisiana

Enjoy traditional Cretan life and a beautiful beach in the tranquil village Kamisiana.

Kokkini Hani, Crete, Greece

Kokkini Hani

Holidays to Kokkini Hani are ideal for families and couples who are attracted by the pace of life and the superb beaches.

Kolymbari, Chania, Greece

Kolymbari

Kolymbari is a small village with a nice sandy beach and a small fishing port in between Chania and Kissamos.

Koutouloufari

Koutouloufari

Koutouloufari offers a taste of traditional Cretan life and is within easy reach of the beach and more livelier attractions.

Maleme

Maleme

Experience a long, beautiful beach of sun-bleached pebbles for a peaceful holiday in Maleme.

Malia, Crete, Greece

Malia

Ideal for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, but who want the option of travelling to other main resorts.

Milatos

Milatos

Ideal for those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, but who want the option of travelling to other main resorts.

Plakias Beach, Crete, Greece

Plakias

Plakias is a picturesque resort with excellent beaches.

Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece

Platanias Chania

Warm yourself with the Cretan sun and local hospitality, and in the evenings enjoy a fine array of bars and restaurants.

Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

Rethymnon

Visitors to Rethymnon are attracted by the relaxed charm and abundant activities offered here, where everything required of a jolly good holiday is close at hand.

Sissi

Sissi

Holidays in Sissi are very much suited for couples and families seeking relaxation in tranquil surroundings.

Stalis

Stalis

Stalis is the ideal destination for families and couples seeking an excellent beach and a lively, exciting nightlife.

Analipsi

Analipsis is a Cretan village with houses and pretty gardens alternating with fields and olive groves

Best time to visit Crete

In the north of Crete the weather is typically Mediterranean; in the south, it's almost subtropical. Spring comes early with average temperatures of 15C/61F in March and 20C/68F in April. Summers are baking hot and dry but with strong sea breezes. July and August are the hottest (and breeziest) months - temperatures typically average at 25.9C/85F and can reach 40C/104F. 

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Crete Travel Advice

Bus: Public buses in Crete are a convenient and easy way to get around and see much more of the island.

Taxi: Getting around by Taxi during Crete holidays is a cheap and simple way of exploring this beautiful destination.

Car: An excellent way of exploring during Crete holidays. A car hire gives you complete flexibility.

Make the most of your trip Things to see & do

10 Moments of Inspiration

If you're planning a holiday to Crete, take a look at our top 10 things to see and do during your holiday. From splashing out at a water park to searching for ghosts on a day trip, Crete has so much to offer!

Further Information About Crete

Holidays in Crete

The birthplace of Zeus - gifted with a beautifully rugged coastline, tranquil turquoise seas and brightly coloured buildings.

Why a holiday in Crete is perfect for you

Crete is the largest and most southerly island in Greece and is slotted between the Sea of Crete and the Mediterranean Sea. The island is one of the most distinctive in the world.

You won’t have to travel far to enjoy the coastline - from wild beaches with rolling surf to secret coves for sunbathing and romance, feel the wind in your hair and leave your footprints in the sand on this unique, captivating island.

Kids and kids at heart will love the waterparks too. Visit Acqua Plus, just south of Hersonissos or Watercity in Kokkini Hani for a fun day out.  

Crete is both cosmopolitan and gifted with sun-baked landscapes, secluded sandy coves and rugged mountains.

Holidays in Crete are diverse, you’ll find remnants of the ancient Minoan culture rubbing shoulders with chic restaurants, bars and boutiques. Hike to the cave where Zeus, father of the Greek Gods, was born and discover the story of the Minotaur in Knossos.

With traditional taverns and its spectacular views, a wedding in Crete will be an unforgettable affair.

Roam through the city of Heraklion and visit the museum and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere. There are cafes, bars and plenty of nightlife for relaxation or partying.

The island’s interior is home to Lefka Ori, which provide the perfect location for scenic hikes. Gentler mountains can be found in the east surrounding the Lasithi Plateau while the south coast is more rugged, with remote villages and isolated coves.

Yoga at the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel in Crete

Yoga for kids, in collaboration with the Six Senses Spa at Elounda Peninsula is available as a private or group class. Based on 'Animal Movement Yoga' the sessions take youngsters away screens, with time to rest and digest instead of being distracted. Read more about yoga in Crete and Greece in our blog.

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