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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.

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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.

Agia Pelagia, Crete, Greece

Aghia Pelagia

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

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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.

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Almyrida is located on the east of Chania Town. It is a very quiet resort with all the basic amenities. The unspoiled countryside and the lush olive groves around Almyrida are ideal for hilking and exploring.

Amoudara, Crete, Greece


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



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

Chania, Crete


Offers excellent beaches, shopping, as well as a fabulous landscape, including wonderful views of the white mountains.

Spinalonga island, Elounda in Crete


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

Gerani, Chania, Crete, Greece


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



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

Sea View In Hersonissos, Crete


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

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Istron is conveniently located less than 10 kilometers southeast from Agios Nikolaos, Istron is on the famous Mirabello Bay. The name means beautiful view in Italian, and the Venetians named it correctly. This is a stunning bay of pristine waters, dotted with…

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



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

Malia, Crete, Greece


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

Harbor Of Rethimno, Crete, Greece


Missiria, a charming coastal village in Crete offers a serene blend of natural beauty and historical richness. Its beautiful beach, delightful cuisine, and nearby historic sites make it a captivating resort.


Perched among the hills of Crete, Piskopiano exudes timeless charm and authentic Greek ambiance. Explore cobblestone streets, savour local cuisine, and bask in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. An idyllic retreat for culture enthusiasts and outdoor adventurer…

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Perfect for a relaxing sunshine holiday, Plakias boasts a lovely sand and shingle beach complimented by calm, turquoise waters. Located approx. 40km south of Rethymnon and a favourite destination for regular Olympic Holidays customers, it’s easy to see why, wi…

Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece


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

Rethymnon, Old Venetian Harbour


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.



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

Coastline Near Stalis


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

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Stavros, a charming village in Crete, is renowned for its famous beach featured in "Zorba the Greek." With a narrow strip of sand and crystal clear waters, it's the perfect destination for seaside relaxation and exploration.

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. 


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

Crete Top 10

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!

Heraklion Wine Country

If you want to raise a toast to summer, to holidays, or just to an appreciation of fine wines, then the vineyards of Crete are the perfect place to visit.

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