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Sitting in the Mediterranean Sea between the coast of North Africa and Greece, Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and its geographical location means it has wonderful warm weather from May to October making it a popular destination for visitors looking for beach holidays. Crete offers a wonderful fusion of ancient history and culture with modern resorts and amenities meaning Crete holidays appeal to a wide spectrum of visitors.

Surrounded by the warm waters of the Mediterranean, Crete is the perfect holiday destination. Soft golden beaches line secluded bays all around the island’s coast while the mountain range inland offers a spectacular backdrop to the golden sands of the coast. However Crete holidays are not just about relaxing under the sun on wonderful beaches, Crete boasts a rich history with Romans, Minoans and Venetians among those who have left their mark on the island. The architecture is a blend of the old and the new with medieval castles sitting alongside modern ports and beach resorts.

Crete holidays have something to offer for everyone, if you are looking for a family holiday with good facilities, water sports and entertainment but still a feeling of traditional Greek culture then a resort like Gouves could offer the perfect place for your Crete holiday. For those looking for a quieter resort then Sissi with its picturesque harbour, narrow streets and traditional Greek tavernas offers a more relaxing break in Crete. For those looking for a lively party scene on their holiday to Crete then Malia is the perfect resort, with plenty of water sports and day time activities, a fabulous beach and a strip of lively bars, pubs and clubs Malia offers the best nightlife on Crete.

Holidays to Crete offer something for everyone, with resorts appealing to those looking for family holidays, couples looking for romantic holidays, those looking to simply relax in the Mediterranean sun or those looking for a party holiday, this Greek island ticks every box. Book the perfect holiday in 2024 and 2025 today.

Currency: Euro
Language: Greek
Local Time: GMT+2
Flight time: Approx. 4 Hour flight from UK

Where To Stay On Holidays To Crete


The fabulous resort of Hersonissos is a superb spot for a holiday on the island of Crete.

With beautiful beaches, lively nightlife, a traditional old town and superb weather on tap, this charming location has something to please everyone.

Holidaymakers will also find an extensive choice of shops, bars and restaurants, along with accommodation options to suit families, friends, couples and solo travellers.


For the perfect mix of fun, relaxation and tradition, look no further than Gouves.

This wonderful holiday resort is a great choice for all types of traveller, boasting a pretty beach, an array of water sports and laid-back evening entertainment.

Gouves location, close to a number of charming villages, adds to the appeal and provides visitors with an authentic taste of Greek island life.


If partying is a holiday priority, then Malia will be right up your street.

Ideal for young couples and groups of friends, this popular resort is a superb nightlife destination, as well as offering a fantastic beach and a variety of thrilling water sports.


The resort of Sissi is a perfect destination for those seeking a laid-back holiday on the island of Crete.

Away from the stresses of modern life, Sissi provides a tranquil spot where families and couples can relax completely and enjoy stunning weather and fabulous surroundings.

Beach Holiday in Crete

For an unforgettable beach holiday, you can’t go wrong with Crete.

Whether travelling with family, friends, as a couple or going solo, this sun-drenched island has a sandy stretch of shoreline to please everyone.

As well as the superb beaches located in the main resorts, Crete also offers a selection of other options for days of fun or relaxation by the sea.

When it comes to family-friendly locations, Elafonissi Beach is a great pick, offering shallow water and a variety of wildlife, including loggerhead sea turtles and a number of sea birds. Frangokastello Beach, in the south, is another option where children can splash about to their heart’s content.

The secluded shores of Aspri Limni Beach are perfect for a tranquil day of alone time with a loved one, while Potamos Beach, near Malia, offers a peaceful place to escape the buzz of the resort.

If it’s water sports you’re after, Falassarna Beach is a great pick. One of the biggest stretches of sand on the island, its big waves make it an ideal spot for windsurfing.

Things to do on a family holiday in Crete


Plunge into an underwater world of complete wonder with a visit to CretAquarium. Here you’ll find a spectrum of colourful sea creatures from sharks and seahorses to jellyfish and turtles.

Dinosauria Park

Treat the family to a trip back in time with a prehistoric adventure at Dinosauria Park. As well as showcasing rare collections of dinosaur bones and fossils, the attraction also features a unique 3D cinema experience, playgrounds, a restaurant, shop and much, much more.

Acqua Plus

Cool off in the sun on your family holiday to Crete with a fabulous day of fun and excitement at Acqua Plus. Featuring more than 50 different slides, chutes and rides, there’s something for all ages to enjoy at this incredible water park.

Things to do on a couples holiday in Crete

Explore Chania

The impressive city of Chania has so much to discover and who better to do this with than that your significant other. Explore the pretty Venetian harbour, sample the tasty treats on offer in the Agora Marketplace and admire the elaborate fountains, monuments and churches all around.

Samaria Gorge

For couples who like to keep active, a hike in Samaria Gorge is the perfect way to stay in shape and enjoy some of Crete’s most spectacular natural scenery.

Sensational sunsets

For a romantic treat, be sure to take in one of Crete’s spectacular sunsets. There are plenty of spots to choose from, whether it’s from Chania’s Venetian Harbour, or one of many gorgeous beaches, including Falasarna, Elafonissi and Balos to name but a few.

Things to do on a group holiday in Crete

Quad safari

Get off the beaten track for a thrilling adventure that you and your friends will remember forever. A number of quad safaris are available to choose from, with each taking in stunning scenery and parts of Crete missed by most holidaymakers.

Splashing fun

Hit the water for an unforgettable aquatic adventure with your friends. Maybe take in Crete’s scenic coastline on a sea kayaking trip, plunge below the surface on a snorkelling tour or venture into the deep with a scuba diving session.

Mountain bike adventure

Discover some of Crete’s hidden scenery on a guided mountain bike tour. With a number of routes to choose from there’s one for every ability and fitness level.

Things to do on a solo holiday in Crete

Sample the local cuisine

Crete is a paradise for foodies with so many local delicacies to enjoy. Gastronomic delights not to be missed include Gamopilafo, a rice dish made with meat or poultry, and Stifado, a stew featuring beef, rabbit or hare.

Take a boat trip to Spinalonga

Sitting just off the north east coast of Crete, Spinalonga is a tiny island with a fascinating history. Once home to a Venetian fortress, the shores of Spinalonga now offer visitors stunning views out across the Mediterranean Sea.

Head out on horseback

Discover the beautiful scenery of Crete with a relaxing horseback tour. Choose from a host of excursions, with all abilities catered for and the option to ride along the beach or head inland to the mountains.

Things to enjoy on Crete Holidays

One of the great attractions of Crete holidays is discovering the ancient ruins and historic sites of the island. The ruins of the palace of Knossos are a particular draw with many visitors enjoying a visit to these ruins of the Minoan civilisation. Other cultural attractions for those on holidays in Crete include the Venetian architecture in the port city of Hania on the west of the island, the archaeological museum in Heraklion is also a popular attraction.

For many visitors on holidays to Crete relaxing on one of the wonderful beaches under the hot Mediterranean sun is all the action they seek, for those looking for a bit more activity there are great facilities for a variety of water sports including windsurfing, jet skiing and parasailing. For those who prefer dry land why not trek through the Samaria gorge and national park and appreciate the wonderful scenery and calming atmosphere. Other activities available on Crete holidays include golf or for a family excursion why not visit the island’s water park.

Looking for the perfect souvenir of your Crete holiday? then head to any of the picturesque towns or villages for traditional Cretan goods such as honey, wines, leather goods, terracotta and some beautiful Byzantine ornaments. Wander through the markets and prepare to haggle to find yourself a bargain. Heraklion, Agios and Hania offer great market.

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