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Crete Holidays

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Destination Crete is a very popular holiday destination for British holidaymakers looking for sun, sand, sea and unlimited fun! So many tourists come here year after year; something is clearly attracting them to the island, and we think we can guess what! With a short flight time, pebbled coves and historical sites, why not indulge in a Crete holiday this year? Head to the Blue Flag beaches of Analipsis or Amoudara to relax, or try the water sports at Herssonisos or Elounda; there’s something for all ages to enjoy.

If you don’t want to sit in the sun all day relaxing and drinking cocktails, then discover the local culture by exploring the fishing village of Aghios Nikolaos or the city of Rethymnon. The children can enjoy Aqua World Aquarium and the Palace and Labyrinth of Knossos. Go on, book a holiday to Crete and make the most of the warm sunshine and beautiful beaches.
For Singles

When: Whenever you want to travel, but the best times are usually July and August when the lively resorts are full of tourists and the beaches are packed with pale bodies wanting to get a tan. It’s hard to beat that atmosphere!

Where: Dimokratias Street is the main strip in Malia, closed off to traffic at night thanks to the phenomenal street parties. You can’t say no to that.

Why: You never know, you may meet the love of your life if you venture over to Crete. Sun, sea and sand, and perhaps the chance of a holiday romance thrown in – what more could you ask for?

For Groups

When: Anytime between May and September to make the most of the hot weather, the lively atmosphere and the most tourists to share memories with.

Where: No question about it, head to Malia where there are nightclubs and bars open until the early hours. The beaches are great for water sports, excellent for a bit of competition with your mates.

Why: What are you coming to Crete for, the beaches, the restaurants or the nightlife? Don’t panic, all of these are here, ready and waiting for you to sample.

For Couples

When: Steer away from the busy months and travel in May or September when there are few children and ouzo-induced teenagers running round, leaving you to get all romantic!

Where: Aghios Nikolaos is great for relaxing, Knossos is ideal to experience the cultural side of the island and Hersonissos boasts simply beautiful beaches. Try the delicious Cretan delights in the intimate restaurants found all over the island.

Why: Because the resorts and beaches are just what you need for a romantic break with your partner, reminiscing about why you fell in love. That glorious Greek heat is sure to add some extra sizzle into your relationship, too.

For Families

When: The summer holidays are always a good time to go with children. Let them make friends to take the stress away from your holiday, leaving you to relax and put your feet up.

Where: Any of the beach resorts are where you need to go, all with shallow waters and great water sports. Not wanting to go to the beach? Visit the Palace and Labyrinth of Knossos that’s home to a maze or, if you prefer underwater creatures, visit the Aqua World Aquarium.

Why: Because it is a child-friendly island with shallow waters, sandy beaches and everything you need to make the little ‘uns feel at home.

Weather The climate of Crete mimics that of the UK with all four seasons, mixed in with a lot more heat! During the summer months of May to September, temperatures will reach highs of 30C +, whilst the winter months are an oh-so-cool 16C. Why stay at home when you can have beautiful sunshine throughout the year?
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What to expectLots of British tourists will be checking out the beautiful beaches along with the great nightlife. The shops are packed with traditional crafts, as well as the usual souvenirs you just have to take back to your family. Alternatively, try out the excellent choice of mouth-watering cuisine in both local and international restaurants. Don't worry if relaxing is not your thing, the nearby Aghios Nikolaos and Rethymon are well worth having a wander around. A Crete holiday has never sounded so appealing, right?
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