With aqua-marine waters, long sandy stretches, history by the bucket-load and stunning natural beauty, Crete has plenty awaiting lucky visitors...
Crete holidays begin at one of two international airports: Heraklion Airport (HER), midway along the north coast, or Chania Airport (CHQ), in the north west.
From there it's history and beauty all the way to your chosen resort. Some resorts are lively party towns, with thumping bars and a lively beach scene; others are havens of relaxation, where the sound of the waves crashing gently on to the beach makes up your holiday soundtrack.
Sandwiched between seaside resorts, traditional villages, and amid cliffs, gently shelving beaches and lush green hillsides is the evidence of Minoan civilisation, one of the world's earliest advanced cultures. Savour the history at sites such as the Minoan palace Knossos and its interesting museum.
Reputedly the birthplace of Zeus, Greek mythology echoes around Crete and you're never far from a reference to the legends and fables of ancient Greece. It's a fascinating island on which to holiday, though if you prefer to simply soak up the sun in your resort there are plenty of excellent hotels that cater superbly for visitors.
There are also villa and apartment accommodation options for holidays in Crete, and families, couples, groups and singles will all find their perfect place to stay at competitive prices.
From Heraklion Airport, the lively resorts of Hersonissos and Malia sandwich the slightly quieter Stalis, while the relative peace of Gouves, Koutouloufari, and Sissi are also best reached from here. The coastal towns of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos are further east on this coast and family-friendly WaterCity aquatic park is near Heraklion.
In the western half of Crete, Chania Airport delivers holidaymakers into the lap of resorts such as busy Rethymnon and Chania Town, and friendly Plakias, where there is just enough to keep holidaymakers happy.
The stunning natural wonder of Samaria Gorge is also located in the west and day trips can be organised in your resort if you haven't opted for car hire in Crete.
Wherever you choose to take your holidays in Crete, you are bound to enjoy delicious food, a tantalising after-dark scene, soft sandy beaches and enough sunshine to make you forget that rain exists.
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