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This wonderful market town is the 2nd largest in Crete and is perfect for those who want traditional and designer shops on hand to buy gifts for those back home.  With stunning Venetian architecture, excellent Tavernas and close to some of the nicest beaches on the island.

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Agios Nikolaos
Probably one of the most photographed resorts in Crete and popular with those looking to get away from it all.  With clean golden sandy beaches, gorgeous Tavernas & restaurants and a chilled cafe style nightlife scene around the lake and town.

Gouves & Gournes at Sunset

A nice sleepy village on the eastern side of Crete just 15 minutes from Heraklion airport.  You will find a nice range of hotels, apartments and studios here, all sitting close to the sandy beach and clear blue Aegean Sea.  It’s a popular destination for families and couples.

Click on our map of Crete to read the travel guides for the most popular resorts of Crete.  You can also find sightseeing guides for your holidays to Crete in 2015.

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Sights to see in Crete
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There are so many wonderful places to visit in Crete and this guide will point you in the direct of some of the most popular sights as voted for by people who have visited this sun drenched island.

Knossos Palace is one of the highlights of the island and draws millions of holidaymaker's every year.  It sits just past the city of Heraklion and offers an insight into the Minoan culture.  Your best of getting a guided tour around the palace and this can be easily arranged when you book.

WaterCity aqua park just past Kokkini Hani is perfect if you want to keep the family entertained all day long.  With a wide variety of rides and slides as well as kids pools and rides.  There are fully qualified lifeguards on duty all day and their are plenty of cafes to keep you fed and watered.

For those who like to keep active on holiday you can do the Samaria Gorge excursion available from most local travel agents or your holiday representative.  Samaria Gorge offers the keen walker a chance to see some of the best flora and fauna that Crete has to offer, and if you complete the walk you get the pleasure of getting the Ferry back from the picturesque village of Agia Roumeli.

Spinalonga Island offers up a chance to go out a nice boat trip from Agios Nikolaos.  Explore the island made famous by Victoria Hislop's book “The Island” and get guided round one of the last Leper colonies to have existed in Europe.  After exploring the island you get the chance to have a boat BBQ and take a dip in the clear Aegean Sea. >

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Crete is the largest Greek island and is one of Greece’s most spectacular jewels.  There is a holiday resort for everyone on the island of Crete, and plenty to do as well.  You can visit the Palace of Knossos, enjoy a day at the family friendly Watercity, visit the eerie island of Spinalonga or hike down Samaria Gorge the choice is huge!

Steeped in mythology Crete was the birthplace of Zeus, the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur and so much more.  In Crete your never far away from some sort of myth, legend or archaeological site.

You can start your Crete holiday off at one of two main airports in Crete.  The first being Heraklion Airport (HER) on the north eastern side of the island.  On the eastern side of Crete you will find a pleasant mix of resorts from the quiet and relaxing seaside resorts of Gouves, Kokkini Hani, Analipsi and Sissi to the more upbeat resorts of Stalis, Hersonissos and the party resort of Malia.

Further down the coast you will find the enchanting island of Spinalonga, the bottomless lake of Agios Nikolaos and the wealthy resort of Elounda where all the rich and famous choose to holiday.

On the western side of Crete you can fly into Chania Airport (CHQ) and dive straight into the crystal clear waters of Rethymnon beach, take trip to the charming seaside resorts of Loutro and Sfakia.

If you want an active Crete holiday then choose to visit the Balos peninsula where you will see one of the most photographed beaches in Europe.  If your still not tired then take a trip to Samaria Gorge and experience the rugged beauty of Crete.

Crete Weather

The sun drenched island of Crete enjoys one of the longest holiday seasons of the Greek isles thanks to its position just off Africa.  With the sunny weather normally starting in mid April and running until late October.  The hottest temperatures are in July and August with the average being around 30°C and all other times its sits at a more comfortable 20-25°C.  

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