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Lyttos Beach

Lyttos Beach Holidays

Lyttos Beach is a small and classy resort that's a prime spot for laid-back Greece package holidays. It consists of a gold sand coast and two luxurious hotels that act as fully-functioning resorts of their own. The top attraction here is stretching out on a sunlounger and soaking up the Grecian rays, but livelier resorts are close by, where you can sample authentic Greek tavernas and visit a Minoan palace.

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Coastal town

With 'beach' in the town's name, it'll probably come as no surprise that its shores are Lyttos Beach's main attraction. The beach here is a long, sandy stretch of coast that's decked with sun loungers and umbrellas, and is backed by two luxury resorts.

Most people here will be lazing around the shores and taking a dip in the water, but there are pedalos and kayaks available for renting should you want to do a little exploring.

If you walk two kilometres down the sand, you'll find Anissaras Beach, which is known for its water sports. Further along, and a 10-minute drive from Lyttos Beach, the shores multiply at Hersonissos. There, you'll find beaches backed by bars and tavernas, as well as a range of activities, from water sports and scuba diving to a coastal waterpark.

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Sensatori Resort Crete

The 5* Sensatori Resort was the first of the well-known Sensatori brand, and paved the way for the chain of luxury hotels. It's set-up to be a mini Venice of sorts, with a waterway of pools and bridges that cut across the grounds so that some of the rooms have swim-up locations. And as if that wasn't enough, it overlooks the sea as well.

Residents at the Sensatori Resort are treated to incredible luxury and a host of hotel-run activities, including tennis, volleyball and archery, not to mention six swimming pools. If you want to amp up the comfort, there's a spa, sauna and beauty parlour available as well, plus an amazing seven restaurants, three bars and a full roster of nightly entertainment.

Numerous night-time activities

In the ways of nightlife, the Sensatori Resort offers a fantastic array of entertainment. There are two stages – one inside and one outside – that host everything from classical musicians to tribute acts. They also have an adults-only comedy club, plus kid-friendly live shows.

The hotel is equipped with three bars, where you can grab a cocktail before settling in for a show. If you're looking to stay out for the evening, any of Analipsi's restaurants can double as a laid-back nightlife spot.

Hersonissos offers an even wider selection of discos, karaoke bars and beach clubs, but Malia is the real star of the show when it comes to partying. It's considered one of the top after-hours spots on the island, and is only a 20-minute drive from Lyttos Beach.

Dine in or out

Dining along Lyttos Beach is limited to the two resorts, though the Sensatori Resort has an assortment of options, including a main buffet plus a Greek taverna and Thai, Japanese and Tex Mex restaurants. If you make the five-minute trip into the nearby village of Analipsi, your options expand to a selection of restaurants boasting authentic Greek cuisine and sea views.

Local boutiques

As it's such a small resort, Lyttos Beach doesn't have any real shopping opportunities, though nearby Analipsi has a handful of boutiques. For a greater offering you should travel to Hersonissos or Malia's popular Beach Road for souvenir shops and supermarkets.

For the ultimate shopping day out, Crete's capital Heraklion is a 25-minute drive away and features interesting craft shops plus a Saturday market. Its stalls sell local food and drinks, as well as clothing and handmade soaps.

Nearby Hersonissos and Malia

Hersonissos is a short drive from Lyttos Beach and offers all the amenities of a cosmopolitan destination for your cheap holidays to Crete – sun, culture and lots of food.

If you're travelling with little ones, they'll love the resort's two water parks, the Star Beach Waterpark and the Acqua Pus Waterpark, plus the Labyrinth Theme Park. There are also museums and lots of ways to get around such as horseback tours, glass-bottom boats and 4x4 trips.

Aside from the vast assortment of bars and clubs on Malia's Beach Road, you'll also find busy beaches, an ancient Minoan Palace and an old town lined with cobbled streets.