With a combination of mythological history and modern conveniences, the stunning island of Crete contains the perfect blend for an unforgettable Greek island holiday. Stretching out across 260km, Crete is blessed with breathtaking scenery, gorgeous azure waters and dozens of undiscovered villages to explore. Chania’s Venetian harbour is packed with cosy eateries from which to enjoy locally caught seafood, whilst the eastern city of Heraklion houses a world famous Archaeological Museum containing remains from the Minoan era. The ancient settlement of Knossos and the spectacular Samaria Gorge are also essential stops on any Cretan itinerary. By night, Crete shows a different side to its personality with nightclubs in Hersonissos and chic bars in Rethymnon providing the perfect opportunity to unwind after a day of absorbing Crete’s natural charms.
What you’ll love most about Crete
- Visit the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos, one of the island’s most significant archaeological sites
- Explore the charming old town of Chania, with its Venetian harbor, narrow streets, and colourful buildings
- Take a boat trip to the stunning Balos Lagoon and enjoy the turquoise waters, pink sand, and dramatic cliffs
- Hike the Samaria Gorge, a spectacular natural wonder with stunning views and rich flora and fauna
- Enjoy the island’s delicious cuisine, including Cretan dakos, dolmades, and grilled meats
- Explore the island’s natural wonders, such as the Lassithi Plateau, the Richtis Gorge, and the Imbros Gorge