Holidays to Crete
Crete is the largest and most southerly of the islands of Greece and is an all round destination full of golden sandy beaches and ancient ruins. It is famous for its pleasant hikes with the White Mountains being a prominent feature to the west of the island.
Farming is an important part of the island's heritage with picturesque farms still in existence. Typically olives, figs, grapes, citrus fruits and melons are grown here and form part of the Mediterranean diet. Of course, no Crete holiday would be complete without visiting a taverna to sample the traditional Crete cuisine and local wine.
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If you fancy a break from the busy coastline, venture inland and you will find charming, unspoilt villages where you can sit in shaded squares and soak up the atmosphere.
Crete doesn't just have great weather on offer but also a broad range of holiday attractions, theme parks and beautiful national nature reserves.
You will be spoilt for choice as Crete is home to pretty cities with narrow streets full of shops and quaint buildings – Chania is a perfect example of this. The charming harbour and colour washed facades make for a stunning view. The old churches, mosques, medieval houses and elegant Venetian forts will interest the culture enthusiasts. The Forkas fort and the Naval museum are also points of interest and well worth a visit.
The Samaria Gorge is Europe's most famous and spectacular gorge, encased within a national park. The full hike is not for the faint-hearted but you feel a tremendous sense of achievement at the end. It is mainly downhill but it can take between five and seven hours to complete the walk. You can have a break halfway at a tiny village where hikers tend to stop off for a picnic. This spectacular walk is enjoyed by travellers year after year on their Crete holidays.
The beautiful beaches are excellent for water sports including jet skiing, wind surfing and canoeing. Water City is a fantastic water slide park with 21 slides and a large swimming pool. These will be sure to keep the family entertained on their Crete holidays!
Hersonissos- This lively cosmopolitan resort is perfect for people wanting to be right in the action. There are plenty of restaurants and tavernas along the water front for you to sample the local cuisine. The shops are perfect for souvenir shopping including decorated pots, embroidery and handmade textiles. Neighbouring picturesque villages are ideal for pleasant walks, whilst the rocky coastline provides sunbathers with a space to top up their tan and have a swim. Scuba diving is a popular water sport amongst travellers here.
Stalis– This pleasant family resort has gorgeous golden beaches and a great range of facilities catering to your needs from shops to bars and tavernas. The shops near the beach are perfect for some retail therapy whether it's for food or beautiful jewellery. The open-air museum gives you a look into typical Cretan life with a traditionally furnished house, windmill and a white church. For the adventure seekers there are canoes, jet skis and diving equipment available to hire.
Gouves- Small and peaceful resort with narrow stretches of beach in idyllic bays make it the perfect place to unwind. You won't be short of places to eat out as there are plenty of restaurants and cafes on offer. The CretAquarium is close to Gouves and has over 2,500 Mediterranean fish for you to appreciate and learn about. Its location is excellent for exploring nearby resorts on the northern coast.