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Crete has always been a popular choice of beach holiday destination. The size of Crete - the largest of all the islands belonging to Greece - means that it can easily offer every type of holiday. Whether you want to dance till dawn in the clubs of Malia, shop till you drop in the boutiques of Agios Nikolaos, or make a splash with the kids at one of Crete's many waterparks, the island makes it easy. However, at its heart, Crete sticks firmly to its traditional Greek roots for an authentic holiday feel.
Crete encourages you to spend more time enjoying life's simplest pleasures. The island boasts just as many natural attractions as man-made ones. Whether you're delving underground to explore Dikteon Cave, or diving underwater on a scuba excursion, it's a natural paradise with a well-preserved history.
The Heraklion area encompasses the island's popular destinations Hersonissos and clubbing giant Malia - making this the perfect option for party people or fun loving families looking for lively, cheap Crete holidays. However, there's another side to Heraklion, and the town itself is a hive of historical and cultural interest, complete with stunning 16th Century Venetian Palace and one of the best Archaeological Museums in Greece.
Rethymnon Old Town
The Rethymnon area of the island is well worth a visit, even if you choose to base yourself elsewhere. The hillside Old Town is beautifully preserved, complete with Venetian castle, fortress ruins and narrow streets, and the views back down over the ocean are breathtaking - well-worth the climb.
Agios Nikolaos Lake
A lake is an unusual find in a beach holiday resort, but Agios Nikolaos likes to break the mould! This beautiful resort makes the perfect base for relaxing holidays in Crete, thanks to its fishing village roots. The freshly caught seafood, eaten in a lakeside restaurant, is impossible to beat.
Choosing Crete holidays to Chania guarantees you amazing golden sandy beaches. Boasting not one but two Blue Flag stretches, in Agioi Apostoloi and Gerani, it's the perfect place for those looking for cheap holidays that are all about the beach! Better still, head a little further along the coast and you'll be rewarded with another Blue Flag beauty at Platanias, a lively, watersports spot. There's a beach for every day of your holiday in the Chania area!
Hit the Malia Strip
If you're looking for the liveliest place on the island, with a strip that seems to go on forever, Malia is the place for you. A firm favourite with clubbers, this party resort has everything you need for a good time. From beer and beaches, to cocktails and cruises, this resort has been designed with 24 hour party people in mind.
A trip to the mesmerising Dikteon Caves makes an amazing day out in the Lassithi area of the island. Only accessible by foot or on donkey, the three and a half thousand year old caves apparently once kept a baby Zeus hidden and are an amazing spectacle to behold.
There's never a dull moment in Malia. You'll get everything you expect from Crete's number one party destination, and much more. The strip, illuminated in every fluorescent shade of neon, is a hot and heady mix of restaurants, bars and clubs. It's a 24/7 resort, with a party happening no matter what time of day or night. What may surprise you about Malia however is that it boasts one of the best beaches on the island. It's certainly not a secluded spot but the sands are beautifully clean, deep and golden.
Choose a Chania resort for your Crete getaway and you'll be treated to endless stretches of beach, with two Blue Flag beauties to sink your toes into! Away from the sands however, you'll find an interesting town boasting intriguing ancient architecture and a bustling harbour. Chania market is a must ' pick up fresh, local produce then head to the beach for a picnic!
One of the swankiest choices for Crete package holidays is Agios Nikolaos ' the resort that boasts five beaches and a lake. Admire the bobbing boats while tucking into fresh fish in ones of the harbourside eateries. Then wander the old town, taking in the 7th century chapel, the perfect sugar-cube houses, and the charming tavernas spilling out onto narrow streets as you go.
Like a tangy Greek salad, Crete is deliciously traditional, yet packs a tangy punch. Life seems brighter, bolder and more beautiful on this, the largest of the Greek islands, with the well-preserved natural landscape and traditional Greek architecture adding to the authentic feel, whichever beach resort you choose for your package holidays to Crete.