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Holidays to Crete

Crete Holidays

Explore Scenic Surroundings with Your Crete Holidays


The largest of all the Greek islands, Crete is also one of the country's most popular holiday destinations and is visited by millions of tourists every year. It is home to some spectacular beaches, ancient sites, and enchanting villages and these are the features that attract most of the tourists to this island destination. Upon visiting this island of Greece, you would get the opportunity to explore vast expanses of natural beauty and an intriguing past.

Eating out in Crete

You would certainly like to taste the delicious dishes of the local cuisine while holidaying on this island. Among them is Dakos, which comprises softened barley rusks topped with cheese and grated tomato. Olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano are also added to enhance the taste. Another dish worth trying is Gamopilafo, which is a rice dish offered mostly at Cretan weddings. You can enjoy most of the Greek dishes at a restaurant called Avli, located in the capital city of Heraklion.

Tourist attractions in Crete

If you wish to unwind in some fascinating natural surroundings, visit the Samaria Gorge located within the Samaria National Park. History buffs can explore the Palace of Knossos near Heraklion. This magnificent residential complex is believed to have been the palace where King Minos resided. The island's capital is also worth exploring for its charming coastal towns and an Archaeological Museum.

Fun things to do in Crete

A four-wheel-drive excursion in the rugged terrain of the island would be an excellent activity to indulge in if you wish to try some off-road adventures. You can also go hiking on the National Reserve of the White Mountains and experience the thrills of following the ancient paths and enjoying some fabulous views of the surroundings. One of the common activities that tourists enjoy while getting around in Crete is horseback riding. You can also take a ride on one of the Cretan horses and explore the rugged terrains.

Nightlife in Crete

When the sun goes down, many places on this Greek island come alive with some fantastic offerings in its bars and nightclubs. One of the nightlife hotspots on the island is the New York Beach Club located in Hersonissos. It is the place where most of the tourist crowds visit to savour their favourite drinks and dance to the tunes of great numbers played by the best local DJs. Another exciting place in Hersonissos to party the entire night is Star Beach, a water park where techno music is played for the revellers until the early hours of dawn.

Accommodation in Crete

Several options in accommodation are available on the island for different types of budgets. The range of hotels in this part of the world start from the most luxurious 'L' class and then from the 'A' class to 'E' class with varying levels of room rates and facilities. Private rooms and apartments are also available for those who wish to reduce their costs during their holiday on the Greek island. If you want to stay for a longer period in Crete, you can choose a villa for your accommodation, which is located in a village less frequented by tourists.

Festivals in Crete

Grand celebrations can be witnessed during Christmas and New Year's Eve on the island, especially in the hotels, bars, and clubs. Carnival is celebrated in many places of Crete 40 days before Easter. Several feasts are celebrated during April, May, and June, which may go on for an entire week. The summer months are also the times when you can enjoy the Summer Arts Festival in Heraklion. The Chestnut Festival is celebrated in western Crete during mid-October.

Best time to be in Crete

If you wish to enjoy pleasant weather and cheaper accommodation, visit the island in late May, early June, late September, or early October. The peak season in Crete is summer from July to early September. You can book your Crete holidays with Lowest2 for more affordable holidays and memorable stays in one of the most scenic locations.

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