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Come to Crete for Holidays with Character

The largest and the most southern of the Greek Islands, holidays in Crete are hugely popular with tourists. It’s not only the fantastic weather and the beautiful scenery, and buzzing beach resorts there's something to keep every type of holidaymaker returning to this magical island.

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  • Date:09 Aug 2014
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  • Board:Bed and Breakfast
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Crete holidays, great for families couples, and groups alike.

Facts about Crete
  • Main Language: Greek
  • Religion: Majority Roman Catholic
  • Currency: Euro
  • When to go: May to October
  • Longest Beach: Ammoudara Beach

Crete is a big island with a personality to match and a lot to offer its visitors. Blessed with a wealth of fabulous beaches, holidays here aren’t just about sun, sea and sand: Crete’s landscapes range from fertile, lush vistas covered in olive groves to craggy mountains broken up by hidden, narrow gorges to golden sandy beaches and sparkling seas. The ecosystem isn’t the only eclectic part of this island: the range of activities, sights and experiences on offer is just as diverse and enough to keep even the most active of travellers happy.

If you want to be left breathless by more than just the scenery, Crete has plenty to offer. Combining the two, Samaria Gorge is a particularly popular spot with tourists and hiking through the gorge is not for the faint of heart. Leading from the steps of Xyloskalo out to Agia Roumeli, the trek takes roughly five hours to complete, but the work is worth it. The Gorge is a designated National Park and a Biosphere Reserve, so expect to see beauty wherever you look. Buses run to the gorge frequently from popular resort Chania, but if you’re more at home in the water than hiking through hills, hop a boat from the coast, enjoy diving and snorkelling in Crete’s translucent waters and make friends with its varied marine life.

If all of that excitement isn’t enough for you, a night out in Malia is sure to set your heart racing. In this town, life is a non-stop party and you can expect to see it awash with the young and beautiful of the world dancing their cares away. You’d think bars and clubs would rule the roost here, but restaurants take that crown – there are over 80 of them in Malia alone, offering every kind of dish imaginable, from Indian, to American fast-food and more local flavours. Sip cocktails while tossing back some souvlaki ahead of a night out for the true Malia experience.

The music in Malia is fast, loud and often imported from the charts, and if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, Crete’s many tavernas are the place to go. The home of the Lyra, Crete folk music remains popular with locals: so much so that they host a festival devoted to it – the Yakinthia Festival held in Anogia in July each year.

An Island of Contrasts

As it’s a large island, Crete’s climate varies the further inland you go and the south coast is generally warmer and drier than the north. You can expect temperatures in the midst of summer to range between 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, with bathwater-warm water temperatures of up to 27 degrees C on a good day. Temperatures rarely sink below 12 degrees C at any point in the year, with water temperatures remaining similarly temperate.

Crete is an island of contrasts that can cater to almost any type of traveller, whether you want to spend your holiday exploring, living it up in Malia, or just lie stretched out on the beach the entire time. One trip to this diverse isle won’t be enough to discover all of its secrets, but it might just be enough to make you fall in love with it.

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