Crete has everything you need to make a last minute getaway sensational
Crete is just under four hours from the UK, so you could soon be popping on your flip-flops and heading for a golden beach.
There are lots of gorgeous seaside resorts in Crete which are ideal for last minute breaks. Sissi has a slow pace where you can enjoy coastal walks and some well-earned downtime. It’s only 45 minutes’ drive from the capital of Heraklion too, which is close enough for a night out. For some serious luxury, Elounda is where it’s at with glitzy hotels and fascinating ruins to explore.
Stalis has a long sandy beach, just perfect for family picnics. It sits between lively Malia and Hersonissos, which offers golf courses, theme parks, scuba diving and pretty much everything you could need for a fab holiday.
The best time of year to book your last minute holidays to Crete
New deals are constantly updated, so it’s always worth checking to see the latest offers we’ve got for you. If hot sunshine and sparkly blue sea are must-haves, your ideal last minute deals are going to be in the high season months of June, July and August. To grab the best last minute offers you should be booking no more than eight weeks ahead, so for summer that means keeping a look out in April, May and June. There are lots of super affordable last minute deals to Crete to be had in low season too. So if you’re thinking of soaking up some autumn or winter sun you could take a look to see what’s on offer for August, September and October.
Other popular holidays in Greece
If you love the idea of booking a last minute deal but are still weighing up your options, there are plenty of other places you’ll love. Take a look at similar destinations, like Mykonos, Kefalonia or Kos. Or if you’re set on a holiday to Crete, take a look at our travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect last minute holiday in the Greek sun. And here are the top last minute Crete hotels for you to check out.
Rooms at the Anastasia Hotel have either mountain or garden views, so wherever you look the scenery is amazing. It's family-friendly with a kids' club, so you can relax by the pool with a drink from the poolside bar. If you want to get energetic there's mini-golf or basketball, or you can take a five-minute walk to the beach for watersports. For nightlife you can join in the karaoke or head out to the local bars and restaurants which are close to the beachfront.
Sweeping mountain views framed by palms are the norm at the 4* Grand Hotel. The outdoor pools include an adult-only pool, so you can enjoy some downtime while your little ones are at the kids' club, as well as a superb waterslide pool where snacks are easily available from the poolside bars. If you don't want anything energetic it's a short stroll to the beach, or in the main bar there's entertainment in the evenings. For restaurants and bars in Hersonissos, it's five minutes by taxi.