Crete (Heraklion Area)

Crete (Heraklion Area) holidays

Sandy beaches, seafront tavernas, ancient palaces and neon nightlife – this sun-soaked island has the lot. It’s a place of delectable cuisine, too, from your standard cheese and olives to local wine, honey-covered goods and freshly caught fish. Snaffling food almost goes in tandem with uncovering Minoan history.

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Gouves Waterpark Holiday Resort
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Gouves Waterpark Holiday Resort

Gouves, Crete (Heraklion Area)

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  • Waterpark included
  • Close to the beach
  • Exclusive benefits for Family suites
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Spacious rooms and suites
Blue Bay Resort
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Blue Bay Resort

Agia Pelagia, Crete (Heraklion Area)

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Based on 1037 reviews

  • Hillside location
  • Great views
  • Entertainment programme
  • Dining options
  • Four Seasons mini spa
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

from €3 a bottle

3 course meal

around €20

Flight times

4.5hrs

Beaches aplenty

Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and comes with can’t-beat swathes of beach-blanketed coastline to complete every holiday snap album. You’re sure to find the perfect spot, whether you’re after superb sandy stretches for sunbathing, rocky coves for snorkelling or wind-swept waters for surfing.

Resorts for all sorts

Aghios Nikolaos, Sissi or Stalis will tick all the boxes – especially if sun, sea and sand are your main criteria. For a taste of tradition, head to the hills where you’ll find quaint villages like Koutouloufari and Piskopiano. If it’s world-renowned nightlife you’re after, make it Malia, the island’s party capital.

Step into the past

Crete is steeped in history – fact. Some of the mountainside villages have barely changed in centuries, while the sprawling ruins at Knossos are over 3,000 years old. Heraklion’s museum is one of the finest in Greece and will teach you everything essential about the island’s past, including its glory days under King Minos.

Hersonissos

A star beach, great nightlife and ancient ruins nearby make Hersonissos a big hit.

Gouves

Gouves is a resort of two halves – modern Kato Gouves is pure beach fun, and the mountain village of Pano Gouves specialises in sensational views.

Stalis

Tucked away between the non-stop liveliness of Malia and Hersonissos, Stalis is a laid-back little resort with one of the best beaches in all of Crete.

Aghios Nikolaos

You’ll find a permanently cheery feel to this resort, with plenty of sun beating down throughout the year.

Malia

Calling all party people! Malia’s a Mecca for fun in the sun, and each bay has its own lively beach bar, with resident DJs pumping out floorfillers throughout the day and well into the night.

Koutouloufari

This peaceful inland village has the best of both worlds – scenic views and a relaxed atmosphere just moments from a bustling coastline.

Elounda

Lose yourself in the rich blue sea. Jump in and get a snapshot of how Elounda does things.

Rethymnon – Heraklion

Unlock your own nugget of culture in this classy Cretan resort.

Agia Pelagia

Unmask the vast history of Agia Pelagia by starting at Knossos, the famous Minoan palace, and working your way back into town.

Sissi

When you look at its bigger, livelier counterparts, Sissi is pretty different.

Fodele

These sandy surroundings, glossy nearby waters and verdant parks boast a luxurious feel, but Fodele is a place of more traditional inland touches.

Piskopiano

Snuggled on Crete’s north-east coastline lies the charming little village of Piskopiano. It’s all whitewashed buildings and cobalt blue doors here, creating a striking scene against the rugged backdrop.

Beaches

For the widest stretch of the softest sand, head to Aghios Nikolaos. Nearby, you’ll find the place to go for cute seafront tavernas serving fish fresh from the Med. Laid-back stretches offering the coolest water sports will entice families, but if you want to dance on the sands, make for the Malia seafront.

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Gouves Beach

Gouves Beach

Gouves, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Located in the rocky foothills of Mount Ederi, Gouves Beach offers sheltered bays and golden sands. It has parasols and sunbeds for lounging and exciting water sports to keep everyone entertained. There’s a...
Aghia Marina Beach

Aghia Marina Beach

Aghia Marina – Heraklion, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Smooth sands and bright blue seas is what it’s all about in Aghia Marina. This chilled-out resort opens up to an expanse of sunny spots, so put down a towel and relax, or take an afternoon stroll in the balmy...

Sights

A trip to ancient palace complexes is a must in Crete. The ruins are thought to be part of Europe’s oldest city, while the region’s also home to some impressive and fascinating medieval castles. If you’re looking to dig up some history, the resorts all have something to gawp at.

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The Palace of Knossos

The Palace of Knossos

Crete (Heraklion Area)

The ancient ruins of the Palace of Knossos transport you back in time to Minoan Crete. Walk amongst the ruins and mingle through the remnants of the old Palace walls to appreciate the grandeur of the...
Aghios Nikolaos Harbour

Aghios Nikolaos Harbour

Aghios Nikolaos, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Immerse yourself in the beautiful harbour surroundings of Aghios Nikolaos with a visit to one of the many bars, cafés and tavernas lined along the waterfront. The food is quite pricey, but well worth the money...

Activities

If you’re after a family-friendly day out, Crete has three waterparks to whet your appetite. Hardcore hikers will not want to miss a ramble through gorgeous gorges and canyons, while the water sports scene is a massive draw for marine fans. You can even try your hand at a spot of fishing.

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Watercity

Watercity

Crete (Heraklion Area)

Water City is Crete's largest water park. Located in the Anopolis Mountains, it boasts a mixture of rides, from steep drops to children's rides. If you're a daredevil, try the Cyclone Body Slide, and race your...
Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre

Hersonissos, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating reptiles on the planet. Many of the creatures here were either injured or have been rescued, and now have a loving home at the Aquarium. Hands-on...

Eating and drinking

Traditional Cretan food is fresh and rustic – think hearty lamb pasties and olive oil-rich salads. Being an island, the seafood is second to none and is served fresh from the net in many of the seaside tavernas. Raki is the local tipple and tastes a bit like Italian grappa. It’s strong stuff, so be warned!

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Bakeries, cafés and small tavernas

Bakeries, cafés and small tavernas

Fodele, Crete (Heraklion Area)

The village of Fodele is known for its rustic charm, so eating and drinking here is a low-key, traditional affair. You can try delicious local dishes in the tavernas, and there’s a nice bakery. In the gift...
Cretan cuisine

Cretan cuisine

Hersonissos, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Trying the delicious local food is all part of the fun on holiday. In Hersonissos, grab the chance to taste endless Cretan delicacies such as traditional cheeses, olive products, aromatic honey, top quality...

Shopping

Crete’s famous for its leather goods and you’ll find plenty of boutiques and markets all over the island. Keep an eye out for ceramics and silver, too – in some shops you can watch the craftspeople as they create their wares. Foodies will want to take home the local olive oil and honey.

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A super selection of stores

A super selection of stores

Elounda, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Whether you need to stock up on the essentials or want to buy a unique gift, Elounda has a great selection of shops to suit every shoppers need. You’ll find genuine gold and silver jewellery, leather goods,...
Aghios Nikolaos Market

Aghios Nikolaos Market

Aghios Nikolaos, Crete (Heraklion Area)

Shop like a local at the weekly market in Agios Nikolaos. This food market, held every Wednesday, is favoured by local people and has a delightfully vibrant atmosphere. Have a go at bargaining with the stall...

Nightlife

Malia is Crete’s hottest spot when it comes to nightlife. Its beachfront bars and clubs promise booming sound systems, laser shows and foam parties. Elsewhere, there’s a share of waterfront clubs, while the smaller towns boast live music bars where you can listen to everything from traditional Greek tunes to jazz.

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