Spreading its rows of olive trees along the hills and diffusing the scent of laurel and bougainvillea in the villages, Crete is a resolutely Mediterranean island. Located about 200 kilometers from the Cyclades, two weeks would hardly be enough to visit this cradle of Minoan civilization: golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, constant warmth, tasty Greek gastronomy, picturesque villages and places steeped in history. Take the time to visit its palaces and ancient ruins, such as the famous palace of Knossos (Knossos) a few kilometres from Heraklion or the palace of Malia. This tourist guide will help you piece together the puzzle of European history, of which Crete holds many memories and treasures. Crete has preserved its authenticity and natural wonders such as the beaches of Elafonissi or Gramvoussa in the south of a chimeric blue. Life here is peaceful and the fishermen take pleasure in sharing precious moments with travellers, regardless of language differences. The day is marked by the inevitable siesta that follows lunch and freddo coffee, to let the hottest hours pass by. In the evening, locals and tourists meet on the terraces of the restaurants, enjoying the sweetness of the night, good local wine and fresh fish. This is an opportunity to test the saligaria, the Cretan snail and the raki that breaks down inhibitions. The villagers sometimes sing Cretan folk songs, accompanied by steps of pendozali, the traditional dance. Forget the looks and let yourself be caught up in the game. Spending holidays in Crete is an opportunity to discover its specialities. Far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, you will be charmed by its small traditional villages with their feet in the water.

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When to go to Crete?

The tourist season runs from April to the end of October due to the resumption of direct flights from Western Europe, which cease at the end of October. The majority of establishments for travellers therefore open during this period (sometimes only from May onwards). As the island has a highly developed tourist infrastructure, it is best to avoid the period of July and August, which is saturated with tourists from all over Europe and mainland Greece

The off-season. As Crete enjoys a very mild climate in spring and autumn, we can't recommend the relatively quiet and warmer months of May and October (or the relatively quiet and warmer months of June and September), which are quieter and cheaper for hotels

Low season: from November to April. It is also possible to leave in winter. This will allow you to discover a Crete with different colours, but it is better to plan ahead for some pied-à-terre, as most hotels outside the cities close during this season, except for a few seaside resorts. Please also be aware that it is not possible to visit the Samaria Gorge in winter

How to go to Crete? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Stays from ten days to three weeks are offered in Crete. They usually combine visits to historic sites with visits to beautiful beaches and remote villages. Full-board stays in hotels are also available, as well as combinations with visits to other Greek islands or the mainland.

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Crete is easy to explore on your own. The infrastructure is modern and it is possible to book accommodation and transport in advance. Moreover, the security on site is exemplary and the Cretans are very welcoming. However, remember to book well in advance if you plan to travel in July-August.

Ferry. To go to the small islands surrounding Crete and swim there, some fishermen or agencies will agree to take you there

Bus. This means of transport is particularly developed in Crete; whatever your destination, you will always have the possibility to get there by bus, even in the most remote areas

Car. Ideal solution for more freedom. Countless agencies offer similar and very affordable rates. If you are planning a family trip, this is the best solution.

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    When to travel?

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    Weather forecast

    Crete enjoys a very mild and healthy Mediterranean climate, contributing to the longevity of the Cretan people. Summe...
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    Budget

    The local currency is the Euro. The budget for a trip to Crete is not excessive compared to other EU countries. Indee...
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    Formalities

    Greece is part of the Schengen area and therefore citizens of the European Economic Area need only their identity car...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    Crete is easy to explore on your own. The infrastructure is modern and it is possible to book accommodation and trans...
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    How to get organized?

    Stays from ten days to three weeks are offered in Crete. They usually combine visits to historic sites with visits to...
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    Getting around

    Ferry. To go to the small islands surrounding Crete and swim there, some fishermen or agencies will agree to t...
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