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Crete

As the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean, holidays in Crete afford a wealth of opportunities to experience the diverse culture by exploring its spectacular mountains and gorges, wonderful beaches and the evocative remnants of its many past civilisations.

Historic and Archaeological  Interest

The birthplace of Minoan Civilisation, the island is magnet for aficionados of history, culture and archaeology. The ancient history is on stark display, from the Neolithic and Minoan periods, to Roman, Byzantine and Turkish rule. While there is so much to explore on Crete holidays, there are a number of must-sees for history lovers.

A visit to Knossos should be high on the itinerary. Constructed in the valley of the Kairatos River, it offers a vital insight into the island's history and, along with another Minoan palace, Phaisos, is among the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Rethymnon is another site popular with history buffs heading out for their holidays to Crete and, dominated by a huge fort, it is a stunning combination of Turkish and Venetian architecture. The narrow, cobbled streets are lined with cafes and boutiques, and its air of yesteryear is entirely charming.

There is so much of historical interest to be discovered on holidays in Crete we simply do not have space here to do it justice

What to Do

There's so much for visitors to see and do and, naturally, a lot of it revolves around the beautiful coastline. There is a wide range of water sports on offer including windsurfing, sailing, fishing and kayaking. Closer to shore you can choose from water-skiing, parasailing, banana rides, ringos or pedalos, to name a few.

Aside from immersing in the history, as mentioned above, walking and hiking are another way of getting to know the island. Locally known as the "Great Gorge", both for its size (11 miles long) and outstanding beauty, Samaria Gorge makes for a very rewarding walk. The beautiful Lasithi plateau is another excellent destination to explore on foot; sitting at 2,700 feet above sea level, this region is one of the few in the Mediterranean that's inhabited above 800ft. The traditional villages make for wonderful photographic opportunities and, although now irrigated by more modern means, there are plans to restore the white sailed windmills for which the area was renowned.

For a totally different experience, you can embark on a day cruise to the nearby island of Santorini - reputedly the lost city of Atlantis.

Golf 

For keen golfers, the 18-hole par 71 golf course at Hersonissos offers a practice green, a covered driving range and an excellent golf academy. Many of our hotels can pre-book tee times at this course for you and even offer reduced rates.

The Climate

Holidays to Crete in May, June, September and October will enjoy temperatures around a very pleasant 24 ºC - 28ºC. The high summer peak months can get extremely hot, with temperatures well in to the 30°Cs and even 40°Cs.

Dining

All the hotels in our portfolio offer superb levels of cuisine and customer service. Our local ambassador, Julie Malone, will also help guide you through the delights of dining in an authentic Greek taverna. Local favourites include meze, freshly prepared octopus, Stifado - a beef stew with onion and tomatoes - and Kleftiko - meat, potatoes and vegetables cooked in a traditional clay pot.

Getting Around on Crete Holidays

Hiring a car is a great way of getting to know the island independently. We can help you with all the aspects of hiring a car before you leave, or just see our local representative when you arrive.