The largest of Greece’s islands, Crete is a jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. A popular holiday destination, visitors come here to experience wonderful history, incredible culture and fabulous beaches in equal measure. Explore cities like Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Malia and Rethymno, or escape the bustle with a hike in spectacular Samaria National Park. History buffs will love the ruins in Knossos, Phaistos and Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum, while beach bunnies can have their fill at Preveli, Vai Beach or Zakros. Party lovers can dance until dawn in Chersonissos, while the kids will delight in hearing the ancient Greek myth about the mermaids in Elounda Lagoon. If all that exploring has worked up a hunger, you’re in luck – Crete cuisine is a tourist attraction unto itself. From cheeses like graviera, myzitra and anthotiros to souvlaki and dolmades, there’s a dish to appeal to every taste. If you choose self-catering Crete accommodation, you can also take advantage of the wonderful indoor Chania Market. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll not only save money on dining out, but shop amongst the locals for a true taste of local Crete life.
When to go to Crete
Crete is a wonderful year round holiday destination, with something to delight visitors in any season. Spring welcomes glorious orchid and wildflower blooms, while summer and early autumn are ideal for a healthy dose of sun, sea and sand. Don’t discount a trip to Crete in winter, though, when you will have the island virtually to yourself and can avoid the peak season tourist crowds.
Getting to and around Crete
Most tourists arrive in Crete via flights to Heraklion Airport, Chania Airport or Sitia Airport. Once in Crete, transport options include bus, ferry and hire car, although you may prefer to leave driving to the experts and choose taxis instead.
Renting holiday accommodation in Crete
When choosing accommodation in Crete, villas, apartments and other self-catering holiday rentals make smart alternatives to more expensive hotels. Not only will booking your very own Crete villa or apartment save you money, you’ll appreciate the wonderful space, freedom and privacy too. HouseTrip has a number of quality holiday apartments and villas in Crete, ranging from affordable studio apartments suitable for couples through to large, multi-room villas ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, HouseTrip makes finding and booking your Crete accommodation easy – you can even do it in as little as six clicks.