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Crete

With a heavenly history as the birthplace of Zeus, Crete will see you holidaying like a god as you relish in the idyllic island scenes of this luxury holiday destination.

Packed with five-star resorts as far as the eye can see, many boast private stretches of pristine sands making for a gorgeous golden gateway in the Mediterranean. Ideal for sun worshippers wanting to make sure they get the best lounger to soak up the rays, expect to be spending a few hours with sand between your toes and a cocktail in hand. Should you want tranquil waves and a dash of heat, Crete is will not disappoint.

For culture vultures, the area is awash with architectural marvels from Ancient Greece. If you have a love for authentic design, want to learn something new or need to spice up your Instagram feed, trekking through the monasteries and fortresses in the likes of Heraklion is a must. Knossos is easily the most well-known attraction and a fantastic family day out thanks to the mystery and magic surrounding the area. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the famed Minotaur himself.

Once you’ve had enough exploration and adventure for the day, it’s time to stop for lunch or dinner. Mediterranean and traditional Cretan cuisine can be found throughout the island, with plenty of cute cafes and bistros offering food to rival the fine dining establishment. The gourmet options are worth it though, even if it’s just for the views and the extensive array of dishes available. One thing’s for certain, when in Crete, you won’t go hungry.

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If you prefer soaking up some history rather than the sun, Heraklion Archaeological Museum houses the largest collection of Minoan artefacts and is constantly being updated with rare finds. Close by to Knossos, if you fancy a little detour this choice is wonderful.
 
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC + 2
  • Currency: EUR
  • Must See: Knossos Palace
  • In A Word: Sanctuary

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 11°c   Feb: 12°c   Mar: 14°c  
Apr: 17°c   May: 24°c   Jun: 24°c  
Jul: 26°c   Aug: 26°c   Sep: 24°c  
Oct: 20°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: N/A  

Location

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Crete in a Nutshell

  • With golden white sands, crystal clear waters and even a Venetian castle, Balos Beach in Chania is a tranquil spot that’s not to be missed. A perfect day trip from the resort, all family members will thoroughly enjoy themselves.
     
  • Elounda Beach is another must. Found in a busy town of the same name, this is the perfect choice for travellers wanting to be close to the action. With an array of watersports and restaurants found nearby, holiday memories are bound to be made.
     
  • Agia Galini Beach in Rethymno is great for those wanting some seclusion, thanks to its cove setting that’s surrounded by cliffs. Close to cute restaurants and bistros, if you want a dash of romancing with your sunbathe, this choice is ideal.
     
  • Amalia’s Kitchen in Heraklion is ideal for those wanting traditional cuisine with elements of Western culture. Steakhouse meat cuts and a menu of fajitas, burgers and chicken wings are the perfect excuse for a family meal while in Crete.
     
  • If you’re in Rethymno, Zefyros Family Fish Taverna is a must for those with a love of seafood and delicious Mediterranean dishes. Well-suited for a romantic date night or a special celebration, the al fresco dining option overlooking the sea is sure to seal the deal.
     
  • For a more relaxed and casual affair, Chez George in Agios Nikolaos is a Greek café that’s bound to please all those wanting quintessential Crete dining.
     
Soak Up The Culture
 
  • The ruins of Knossos bring holiday makers flocking. A must for history heads searching for a Minotaur, you’ll be lapping up tales of ancient Greece in no time.
     
  • Want to get back to nature? Samaria Gorge is a national park that can be found in Chania. A World Biosphere Reserve, relish in the picturesque scenes and admire the flora and fauna that call this place home.
     
  • If you love animals and want to get up close and personal with marine life, The Cretaquarium sees travellers spend hours wandering through the exhibitions and habitats. If you’re after the perfect family excursion, call off the search because you’ve found it.
     
  • Crete is also home to a wide array of monasteries and fortresses that showcase the country’s diverse history. Koules Fortress and Arkadi Monastery are just two archaic landmarks that do this beautifully.

     
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