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Holidays in Crete

Travel Information

Language: Greek

Currency: Euros

Local time: GMT/BST+2

Nearest Airport

Heraklion


Holidays in Crete

Discover Crete with easyJet holidays

When looking for a relaxing and tranquil holiday in Greece, the island of Crete will not disappoint. The perfect getaway to enjoy sun, sea and sand, Crete offers a mix of exquisite natural landscapes and traditional Greek culture. It is the most southerly of the Greek Islands and also the largest, meaning there is plenty to explore!  

There are many picture perfect beaches lining the coast of Crete. For sunbathing in peace and quiet, try the blue flag beaches of Amoudara or Analipsis, whilst vibrant beach locations such as Hersonissos, Elounda or Agia Marina are great for those who enjoy the buzz of a busier resort. Read more about Hersonissos holidays Holidaymakers who crave the thrill of adventure will love the various water sports on offer across the island and those on a romantic getaway are sure to appreciate discovering the many secluded coves including Akorit and Stavros.  

If you’re looking for a holiday location with more stunning natural sights than the seashores alone Crete has many impressive mountain areas, gorges, rivers and lakes to determine.

Beach holidays in Crete

Wherever you holiday in Greece, plenty of ancient Greek antiquity is sure to be noticeable. The island of Crete is no exception when it comes to preserving its history with much fascinating Greek architecture to be found. Ancient ruins that are worth a visit include the charming Minoan Palace at Knossos. The ancient sites within the beautiful city of Rethymnon are also not to be missed. When the beautiful beaches or interesting ancient sites don’t take your fancy, the picturesque ports around the island make a worthwhile day trip.  

For those who want to enjoy the nightlife of Crete, Malia, Sissi or Stalis are always alive, with many clubs, pubs and restaurants catering for those who enjoy a party scene. Find more information on Malia holidays and holidays to Stalis.    

Discover all the fun things to do in Crete in the easyJet holidays attractions section.

Book today with easyJet holidays

Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled adventure holiday with friends or a relaxing break for two, enjoying Crete on a budget is possible with easyJet holidays. Book with us allows you to make the most of flexible flight times and great value. When you book your flight and accommodation together you can benefit from even further savings!    

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  • Kefalonia holidays offer a peaceful island retreat for romantic couples or for families looking for a quiet getway.

Things to Do in Crete

Once home to legendary Kings and mythical characters, Crete holidays have now become one of the best destinations for stunning beaches, beautiful countryside and a whole range of activities and attractions to enjoy. easyJet holidays have provided a brief outline of some of Crete’s top attractions and things to do on your holiday.

Plenty of Activities in Crete    

  • With its crystal clear warm waters, hours of sun and calming sea breeze, Crete’s beaches are the perfect spot to enjoy an abundance of water sports. There is also plenty of opportunity for fabulous scuba diving and snorkeling around the island.   
  • If water sports are not for you, why not saddle up and explore the island and its idyllic countryside on horseback. Hidden paths, trails and ancient donkey routes really do allow you to see Crete at its best.
  • The island’s rugged peaks, sheer cliffs and deep gorges also provide the perfect surrounding for the more adventurous to engage in more vigorous activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and canoeing.
  • Walking the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, is definitely one of the best things to do in Crete, and the most exhilarating. The scenery is spectacular, and while it's hot and tiring to cover the 11 miles (18kms), it can be done by anyone who's reasonably fit  
  • Why not cool off from the extreme heat in Crete’s largest and most entertaining water parks; the Limnoupolis?  

Attractions in Crete    

  • This ancient island is drowning in history and mythology, which is retained and brought to life by the stunning archaeological sites and medieval harbour towns.
  • The impressive remains found at the Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaestos, and the fascinating artifacts in the museum in Heraklion really help Crete maintain its history.      

Crete’s cuisine and nightlife    

  • Crete’s cuisine is extremely similar to mainland Greece focusing on the Mediterranean palette. Dining venues are mainly clustered in the main towns and beach resorts serving an assortment of simple and fresh dishes with favourites including the classic Greek salads, seafood specialties, moussaka and ‘saligaria stifado’.  
  • Endless stretches of nightlife, Crete is often referred to as one of the Greek ‘party islands’. Tavernas, bars, nightclubs and discos are the main attractions in Crete with the party strips in Malia and Hersonissos usually drawing in the younger crowds for a memorable night.  
  • For the older tourist, head to Chania or Rethymnon’s Venetian harbour to enjoy fantastic live music and relax in the water evening air. Or join the locals for their 'volta', a leisurely stroll along the waterfront or ride in a horse-drawn carriage before settling down to a sundowner or dinner.    

Beaches    

  • Miles of soft sand gorgeously warm waters- Crete’s beaches are at the top of the league. Whatever your mood, you will find the perfect beach to spend your day.
  • If it’s a vibrant and busy beach vibe you are after then head to Malia beach, which mixes its soft sand with funky beach bars and daring water sports.  
  • Aghios Nikolaos and Rethymnon Beach offer more of a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of water sports, resort shops and restaurants leading up to picturesque harbours.    

For all the top attractions in Greece, read the list of top things to do in Greece from easyJet holidays.  

Crete is paradise for those who enjoy the great outdoors and filling their day with a variety of activities and attractions, from sightseeing magnificent historic ruins to testing your balance windsurfing. easyJet holidays will find the right deal flexible to your needs and budget and as an added bonus when you book your hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays you will lower the cost of this amazing holiday.