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Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and one of the most perennially popular; as a result, there is a good choice of Crete flights connecting the UK with airports in Heraklion and Chania. Like other destinations in Greece, Crete is most popular with British holidaymakers during the summer, but it’s a great destination from May to October.

Crete sits in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Greek mainland, and its popularity comes from a combination of ancient culture, lovely beaches, lively nightlife and dramatic mountain scenery.

The busiest time for British visitors to Crete is during the school summer holidays from mid-July to August, and this is the point in the season when prices are highest. These aren't the highest prices of the year, however – those come over winter, when seasonal flights have stopped and only expensive indirect services are available.

If you need to travel during the summer peak, don't restrict your search to low-cost airlines; British Airways has some cheap Crete flights out of London Gatwick, particularly if you are prepared to accept awkward flight times.

Outside of peak season, prices are lower. The shoulder seasons of May and June, and September and October, offer cheaper flights and fewer tourists, but still promise warm and sunny weather.

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Flight time

4 hrs

(from London)


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