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Create some wonderful memories

Crete holidays provide a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the largest and most southern of all Greek Islands, situated in an enviable position which is the meeting point of 3 continents: - Europe, Asia and Africa, making it an Island of such diversity and interest.

Holidays in Crete have been hugely popular with tourists for many years and it is easy to see why with its interesting history, pretty rural villages and buzzing beach resorts there's something to keep every type of holidaymaker returning to this magical island again and again.

The majority of tourists on holidays in Crete stay in the northern part of the island which has been largely developed and hosts many of the larger resorts. Here you’ll find Malia, which is famous for its young and lively party holidays, and Hersonissos with its gorgeous stretch of sandy beach, crystal waters and family friendly facilities.

The southern coast of Crete has much smaller resorts, quieter more relaxed beaches and is a great place to explore in a hire car to make the most of the peace and tranquillity. A visit to inland Crete is a thoroughly rewarding experience with its stunning mountain ranges, lush orange and lemon groves and remote picturesque hillside villages; it's certainly a place to create some lifetime memories.

Quick Crete Tips

The currency used in Crete is the Euro

Holders of a valid UK passport do not need a visa to travel to Crete

The time difference between Crete and the UK is GMT +2 hours

A flight from the UK to Crete will usually take around 3½ hrs

As with all holidays in Greece try some of the fresh local fish or a typical Greek Meze

Greece is well know for the popular drink Ouzo, with its distinct liquorice flavour

Lively nightclubs and traditional cuisine

The capital of Crete is Heraklion which is a buzzing cosmopolitan city with so much to offer. Whether you want to spend your day shopping in the many boutiques, strolling past the pretty fountains and churches or people watching from a pavement café, Heraklion is well worth a visit.

The city hosts the main airport on the island and also has a busy harbour which sees many large cruise ships stopping by making some great photo opportunities. The nightlife in the capital is as varied as the daytime with lively nightclubs to keep you dancing until dawn or quiet romantic tavernas set on pebble side streets, Heraklion offers a great evening for everyone.

Beaches in Crete are a place of fun and excitement with many of the resorts offering a wide selection of exhilarating water sports and boat trips to while away your days in the baking sunshine. There is a mixture of beaches on this amazing island ranging from shingle and pebble to fine powdery sand all sloping down to calming clear seas perfect for a nice refreshing dip.

Whatever your taste, Crete holidays will have something to tickle your taste buds with its huge variety of restaurants. Whether you prefer to eat in a world renowned fast food outlet, a charming pavement cafe or a truly traditional Greek taverna you will be spoilt for choice during your holiday.

As well as the customary leafy Greek Salads and fresh fish dishes Cretan cuisine is also strongly influenced by Turkish and Middle Eastern specialities so there really is something for everyone on the beautiful island of Crete. Book holidays to Crete online here at

Top Places to Visit

Once a Greek leper colony, the island of Spinalonga is now a major Crete tourist attraction. Wander round the remains of the colony, a converted Venetian fortress, but don’t worry, unlike the unfortunate lepers, you’re allowed to leave at the end of the day.

The Palace of Knossos
Just to the southeast of Heraklion this stunning Palace has a mesmerising history. The labyrinth, Theseus and the Minotaur and the legendary tales of Icarus will keep you fascinated for hours.

Samaria Gorge
You’ve got to be pretty fit for this one as you’ll be hiking through the longest ravine in Europe. From wild goats to tiny chapels and the famous Iron Gates, the scenery here is nothing short of spectacular.