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Create the perfect holiday in Crete

As the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Crete’s size ensures it encompasses every type of holiday within its coastlines. As a thin, long strip of golden and green land, travelling from east to west will reveal dazzling nightclubs, arid ancient palaces, exciting family activities and peaceful sunlit coves. Some resorts even manage to merge an enchanting combination of all of these attractions.

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Crete has everything you crave for a great holiday
For example, the Strip in Malia rightly deserves its reputation as the party central of the island, where hundreds of bars and clubs will have you dancing till sunrise. And yet, you could just as easily take a sedate daytime trip to see the ancient Minoan palaces in the resort, and at Knossos close by.

 

But in competition with these stone fortresses, perhaps Crete should really be best known as an island of incredible beauty. You’ll see this attribute on almost every corner of Crete, from the incredibly narrow chasms of Samaria Gorge near Rethymnon to the vibrantly lit caverns of the Dikteon Cave near Stalis.

 

You certainly won’t be stuck for activities for the whole family either. Star Beach in Hersonnisos is one of the best examples of a complete entertainment complex, as it incorporates a Blue Flag Beach, a waterpark and lively bars to ensure holidaymakers of all ages are happy.

 

In contrast, if it truly is calm that you crave on holidays in Crete, the atmosphere in Aghios Nikolaos will delight you. Its centre has held on to a traditionally Greek way of life, where authentic whitewashed tavernas and old chapels sit side by side. It’s a sight made all the more appealing by a shimmering canal that links the Voulismeni Lake with the surrounding Mediterranean.

All the best of Crete
An island of intense and intricate history, Crete combines archaeological attractions with natural wonders and fun family activities. As the southernmost Greek island, it also has reliably warm weather from April to October, and some gorgeous golden beaches for making the most of this long sunny season too!

 

The historical attraction that really grabs all the attention is the Palace of Knossos. Located near the Crete capital Heraklion, a short 30-minute drive from Hersonissos and Gouves, the palace was at the heart of the ancient Minoan civilisation. Incredibly, the impressive structure dates back to 1700BC, making it almost 4000 years old. Lovingly restored during Victorian times, the palace’s columns and frescoes dazzle with vibrant reds, blues and greens. The sprawling site once had 1,300 rooms, adding to its mythical status as the mazelike place of the original labyrinth. The throne room is one of the most fascinating of the entire palace, as its stone throne carved out of the wall still stands, surrounded by frescoed golden griffins on either side.

 

However, Knossos is not the only amazing Minoan site in Crete. If you fancy a break from all the partying in Malia, you’ll find that the Malia Ruins make for a fascinating daytime activity. Watching the sun light up the arid orange brickwork, engulfed by pine-lined mountains on all sides, you’ll see why the Minoans found this site so special.

 

In fact, when you witness the natural beauty of the island, you’ll find it easy to understand why so many civilisations chose to settle here, from the Minoans to the Romans and the Venetians. Balos Lagoon is a case in point. Just over an hour from Rethymnon, this achingly beautiful peninsula has a light dusting of pinky white sand sitting between the Cretan coastline and a richly forested islet. Lying on the western side of the island, Rethymnon is also close to another incredible cove, named Preveli Beach. The deep rocky valley has a radiant marine green river that sits to the side of its white sand, making it one of the most photographed beaches in Crete.

 

One of the most popular attractions for families is the Aquaworld Aquarium based in Hersonnisos. It’s much loved because the cheap entry price represents great value, considering you’ll see local Cretan sea life such as endangered loggerhead turtles, octopuses and lobsters. The aquarium has an interesting section for dry-land animals too, featuring tortoises, iguanas and pythons.

 

Another top family activity is to hop aboard the Happy Train. Suitably named, this cute little land train is an attraction in itself for children, but it’ll also conveniently take you on a sightseeing journey from Stalis to Malia. And once you arrive in Malia, be sure to check out its go-karting track, named Kartland Malia. Featuring a twisting, turning circuit, the fastest karts can reach speeds of 30mph to make races even more exciting!

 

Perhaps you’d prefer to take a break rather than taking on full-throttle activities? The idyllic Lake Voulismeni in the upmarket resort of Aghios Nikolaos is one such spot for rest and relaxation. White houses and a small marina sit over the edge of the glassily calm lake, and legend has it that the goddess Athena once bathed here. Just 1km from the resort, a stay at Minos Beach Art Hotel with our Indulgent Escapes range will complete a picture perfect scene for holidays in Crete.

Ideal for families
Hersonissos
packs in plenty of activities that are fantastic for families. Stay at the resort and you’ll enjoy aquariums, waterparks and exciting watersports.

 

Ideal for friends
As the undoubted party central of the island, Malia tops the bill for its hundreds of bars and clubs, mainly based around one lively Strip. However, Hersonissos has a vibrant variety of nightspots too.

 

Ideal for couples
The gorgeous lakeside scenery of Aghios Nikolaos makes it a perfect choice for couples, but Stalis is enticingly peaceful too.

Stalis

Stalis

Tucked in-between the lively resorts of Malia and Hersonissos it was inevitable that the charms of a cheap package holiday in Stalis would soon catch on. The formerly quaint town has become a contender of its own in the stakes for wild adventures on holiday in Crete.

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Gouves

Gouves

Just a short transfer from Heraklion airport, 'Kato' Gouves is a modern resort town with all the essentials for beach holidays to Crete, with the freedom to do as little or as much as you please. Just a few kilometers inland, the original village of 'Pano' Gouves is an added attraction in its own right.

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Malia

Malia

The party capital of Crete from May to October, Malia is a mecca for fun fun fun in the sun. The white sandy beaches are an obvious attraction to laze in the sun by day, although the all-night clubbers may not make the loungers 'til well into the afternoon!

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Rethymnon

Rethymnon

On the northern coast and sandwiched between Iraklion to the east and Hania to the west, this popular resort is home to one of the largest beaches on Crete. At 7.5 miles long, the sandy beach is alive with tourists on cheap holidays in Rethymnon sunning themselves or playing in the shallow waters.

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Hersonissos

Hersonissos

All kinds of people jet into Hersonissos on cheap flights to Crete each year because there is a wealth of things to do and see. Families can enjoy the beaches on a cheap package holiday in Heraklion, there are plenty of bars and restaurants for the younger crowd seeking sunshine merriment and culture abounds, creating a romantic setting for couples.

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Malia

Real Palace

On the outskirts of Malia Old Village, this modern hotel is just the thing if you want to be close to all the action but in a quieter location. The large pool and sunbathing area makes it great for lazy days by the pool. Then you’ve always got lively nights to look forward to in Malia, just a short ...

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Acropolis Apartments

This small and friendly complex is in a great location close to the beach and resort centre so you have all the resort amenities close at hand. Offering spacious apartments the Acropolis is great for anyone looking for good value accommodation.

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Koutouloufari

Astra Village Apartments

Astra Village is a friendly, family run complex set in the center of the charming village of Koutouloufari. Dipped in the warm colors of light yellow and terracotta, it is peaceful, hospitable holiday base with lovely views of Hersonissos and the med. All rooms are modernly designed and well equippe...

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Stalis

Soleil Apartments

Nestled in the heart of the resort and only a flip flop away from the sandy beach, the Soleil Apartments are the perfect choice for couples and beach lovers looking for a cozy central base with a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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Hersonissos

Royal Belvedere Hotel

Great facilities and a wonderful location make the Royal Belvedere Hotel a firm favourite with families. The hotel is located in an attractive hilltop location surrounded by olive, lemon and palm trees and an abundance of flowering plants. The hotel appeals to both families and couples of all ages d...

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Stalis

Alexander Beach

Featuring low storey buildings and bungalows in impressive gardens, this award-winning resort stretches out along a beautiful sandy beach with clear blue waters. Over 400 metres of private sandy beach, several swimming pools, lots of sports and entertainment, Greek evenings and barbecues make the Al...

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Rethymnon

IBEROSTAR Creta Panorama and Mare

Its privileged location on the beach makes the Iberostar Creta Panorama a great hotel. Guests can rest and have fun at the same time while enjoying unforgettable sea views and there is also exclusive access to two private coves for an indulgent and relaxing dip. Situated in well kept gardens with st...

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Hersonissos

AKS Annabelle Beach Resort

Set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens on a sandy beachfront, these Aegean style bungalows are ideally located for families and couples looking for a relaxing environment. At the AKS Annabelle Beach Resort there is a wealth of facilities as well as two swimming pools to enjoy and the centre of Her...

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Sissi

Angela Suites Boutique Hotel

A new hotel in the village of Sissi, the Angela Suites Boutique Hotel is centrally located and close to the beach. The hotel provides tasteful modern accommodation and great care is taken to create a friendly, tranquil atmosphere in stylish surroundings.

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Hersonissos

Aldemar Cretan Village Hotel

Cretan Village is proof that you really can have it all. You can experience 4-star luxury in a family hotel that offers one of the best beach holidays in Crete. You can indulge in some revitalising Thalasso treatments and enjoy world-class fine dining, while catering for your family’s needs, too. On...

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