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Crete Island Holiday

Sunbathe on white sands beneath ancient pine trees, walk through Europe’s longest gorge and explore hillside olive groves on Greece’s biggest island.

The narrow island of Crete, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a landscape inscribed with ancient Minoan history stretching back thousands of years. Discover the captivating cities along the island’s northern shores and explore the white-sand beaches that line the south coast like a string of pearls. Check out historic Venetian architecture, discover archaeological relics and travel through pristine national parks that stretch from mountaintops to pink-sand beaches.

Crete’s biggest city, Heraklion, is a sprawling metropolis with a picturesque old town along its historic port. Find out about Crete’s fascinating heritage at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum or the Natural History Museum. Make your way west along the coastline to find the breathtaking historic towns of Rethymnon and Chania. With its Venetian mansions, labyrinthine alleys and beautiful waterfront, Chania is the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy some of the island’s fantastic dining.

Explore western Crete to find the rugged beauty of the White Mountains, a gleaming mountain range that towers over the townships of the south coast. Hike down the 10-mile (16-kilometer) trail that follows the deep ravine of Samaria Gorge and reach the charming fishing town of Agia Roumeli. Catch a boat to the neighboring town of Lissos to walk among ancient ruins dating back to the 4th century B.C.

At low tide stroll to Elafonisi island where the beach has a shoreline of pale pink quartz sand. Many Cretan beaches are equipped with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Rent a chair and relax with expansive Mediterranean Sea views.

As you travel between townships, you’ll see pretty hillside groves of olive and citrus trees. Stop at a roadside taverna to enjoy fresh local produce and Cretan specialty cheeses. Many restaurants offer a local brandy, raki, to be enjoyed after meals.

Reach Crete by flying into the major airports in Chania or Heraklion. Alternatively, catch a 9-hour ferry from Athens. The climate is warm and dry between mid-May to October, with a peak in tourism between July and August. Visit in spring to see a flourish of wildflowers across the mountainous landscape.


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GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel AU$200
Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2019
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GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel

GDM Megaron Historical Monument Hotel

9, D. Beaufort Street, Heraklion, Crete Island
     
    4.8 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The staff were so friendly and helpful. They really made our stay in Heraklion seamless. The breakfast spread was also impressive, all homemade and delicious. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay AU$267
    Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2019
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    Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay

    Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay

    Epar.Od. Agiou Nikolaou - Vrouchas, Haviana, Agios Nikolaos, Crete
       
      4.0 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      Creta Maris Beach Resort - All Inclusive AU$517
      Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2019
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      Creta Maris Beach Resort - All Inclusive

      Creta Maris Beach Resort - All Inclusive

      Hersonissou, Hersonissos, Crete Island
         
        4.6 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        They have everything you need,even open air cinema

        Galaxy Hotel Iraklio AU$150
        Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2019
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        Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

        Galaxy Hotel Iraklio

        75 Dimokratias Ave, Heraklion, Crete Island
           
          4.6 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Excellent and friendly front desk, always eager to help. Amazing breakfasts every day.

          Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel AU$115
          Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2019
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          Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel

          Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel

          11 Eleftherias square, Heraklion, Crete Island
             
            4.0 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Staff were very helpful and couldn’t do enough for us. Food was excellent, rooms comfortable and spacious. Very central. Only thing I would have liked was tea/coffee making facilities.

            Abaton Island Resort & Spa AU$450
            Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2019
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            Abaton Island Resort & Spa

            Abaton Island Resort & Spa

            Themistokleous Ave., Hersonissos, Crete
               
              4.5 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Every member of staff from cleaning to waiting were charming and smiley.

              Lato Boutique Hotel AU$159
              Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2019
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              Lato Boutique Hotel

              Lato Boutique Hotel

              15 Epimenidou Street, Heraklion, Crete Island
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                the location & views were excellent. The staff was very nice & accomodationg

                Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only AU$510
                Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2019
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                Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

                Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

                Analipsi, Analipsi, Hersonissos
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The all inclusive package doesn't include all drinks and food .

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