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15 Sep 2015
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The largest, most southern and perhaps the most versatile of the Greek Islands, Crete holidays are hugely popular with tourists for a reason. With looming mountains, glorious beaches and a wild nightlife, somewhere on this multipurpose island will be the holiday you want.
At 160 miles wide, Crete has dozens of resorts worthy of your time. Mediterranean beaches, olive groves and daring caves are the ground work which made this island a beauty to visit. The towns, food and history helped the Greeks turn Crete into a tourism hotspot. If you're in need of a cheap holiday in a phenomenal climate, this place is for you.
The majority of resorts on this island offer perfect beach settings but some are also found within the Cretan mountains. A lot of resorts allow visitors to let loose here with some offering an exciting range of nightlife while others simply let you relax by the setting sun.
This versatile island offers attractions for all ages and interests. Young singles will head for the nightlife in Malia, families can enjoy the waterparks of Hersonissos and couples can tour the historic and often romantic scenery of several peaceful resorts.
Aghios Nikolaos is a surprisingly cosmopolitan resort that displays beautiful waterside surroundings by the ocean and the lake.
Lake Voulismeni is a perfectly round body of water that is worthy of the Greek mythology associated with it. It shines under the sun in the day and reflects the array of terrific nightspots placed right by it at night.
Across the coastline of Aghios Nikolaos is a great collection of small beaches and coves which provide a wonderful choice for tourists when it comes to where they should sunbathe. There is also the presence of historical attractions to visit and appreciate.
Elounda is a former fishing village that now acts as the base for an educational holiday spent underneath a terrific climate.
Right by the town there are two areas that were crucial parts of Crete's history. The sunken city of Olous now lies off the coast and is still visible to snorkelers and scuba divers. The island of Spinalonga is a fascinating site that was used as a leper colony until 1957. An ancient fortress still stands here too from centuries ago.
With beaches, a harbour and a laidback nightlife, a holiday to Elounda is the stress relieving getaway you've been craving.
This idyllic resort splits its holiday relaxation between two areas: Pano Gouves, a traditional town that sits in the mountains and Kato Gouves, a coastal space with a large beach and some trendy bars and cafes.
You're welcome to spend time at both here and enjoy the common theme of delicious Greek and Mediterranean restaurants that are featured in both.
The waters can get wild at the beach which makes it a perfect place to enjoy a variety of water sports with plenty of equipment available for hire on the smooth sands.
With two waterparks, a great activity park, an aquarium and a massive selection of water sports, Hersonissos is one of Crete's most exciting resorts.
All of this is supported by a great collection of beaches and a promenade lined with shops, bars and restaurants. It's a well serviced coastline where you can spend all day and night. The evenings can get very excitable with a good choice of bars, lounges and nightclubs. Some of the best venues are also found by the beach so a party down here offers a true holiday night out.
This is a vibrant resort with something for everyone.
This coastal hotel resort is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet getaway in the Mediterranean sunshine. The Sensatori Resort Crete is your accommodation based right by this location's wonderfully scenic beach.
The hotel complex offers a great array of activities, facilities and restaurants as well as a summer programme filled with nightly entertainment.
Lyttos Beach is not far from Hersonissos so it is easy to pop over to this resort and enjoy all of the benefits that this resort offers too.
The party capital of Crete is a fantastic destination for party animals who want to stay up, drink and dance all night long. The main strip is a lively hub of activity and excitement at all hours of the day and it leads out towards one of six terrific beaches.
There are a total of 5km of sand to lay down on in Malia with the majority of the space well served by nearby beach bars and restaurants.
Behind the mayhem there is a much softer side to Malia that is almost forgotten about. The old town is where locals live and serve the traditional Greek cuisine you'd expect from a traditional Mediterranean resort.
Crete's temperatures and climate is the foundation of the island's popularity with tourists. Summer days get to an average high of 32C while the nights settle at a toasty 20C. Even the winters stay hot so you can enjoy a winter beach break. As with any major tourist destination though there is a winter shutdown of many restaurants and attractions so the island is quieter at this time.
Although it is busier and sometimes more crowded, holidays to Crete are best enjoyed during the peak seasons of summer. At this time many towns and resorts feature summer festivals where locals and tourists alike celebrate on the street with many games, shows and parties on the streets.
There is a long list of nightspots to try in Malia with a variety of themes. Candy Club plays the latest pop and summer tunes and Safari Club offers the hardcore sound of dubstep and RnB. Petrino's Bar stays open 24/7 so you can start or finish your party here at any time.
This island is a fascinating area to explore off the coast of Elounda. Built and used as a fortress for centuries, it eventually became a leper colony that was only closed down as recently as 1957. A short sail across the water will allow you to tour the castle walls of this interesting site.
This attractive area found in the centre of Aghios Nikolaos is said to be the bathing place for the goddess Athena. She couldn't have chosen a better spot as this small sweetwater lake is a perfect backdrop to a line of shops and bars. The area is dimly lit at night which reflects beautifully in the water.
There are two great aquatic attractions to choose from in this fun resort town. The Star Beach Waterpark offers exciting slides based right by a natural beach on the coast. The Acqua Plus Waterpark offers a similar but perhaps slightly larger selection of wet and wild entertainment.
Not a traditional theme park of rides and rollercoasters, this Hersonissos spot offers a wider range of attractions. Fascinating games and puzzles are here to enjoy with the fun including a maze, archery classes, horse riding, a petting zoo full of friendly animals and much more.
The largest city and the capital of Crete, Heraklion is a major area with a large population and exciting and historic attractions. The Venetian Fortress is a large square structure that sits out on the coast while there are also dozens of shops and restaurants to browse through along the water front too.