Greece’s largest island, Crete offers something for everyone, whether you want a fun-filled family holiday, an intimate getaway for two or somewhere that offers culture and history along with top-notch food and good local wine. With a climate as warm as the welcome, this Greek island is a great beach holiday destination, and has lots more to offer, too.
The fifth largest Mediterranean island, Crete is long and narrow with a jagged outline, meaning that it boasts many miles of fabulous coastline. Váï really does offer ‘the taste of paradise’, being where confectionery giant Mars filmed that iconic ad back in the 1980s.
Elafonísi is a picture-postcard of an islet, featuring a distinctly pink sandspit that contrasts most photogenically with the aqua blue water.
Whether you’re searching for 5 star hotels in Crete, beach hotels in Crete or something else, you shouldn’t struggle to find accommodation that’s right for you on this beautiful island. Whatever you want to pay and whatever you want to do, this Greek island has plenty of options to offer. Stay in Malia if nightlife is your main interest or opt for somewhere smaller and quieter for a relaxing family or couples’ holiday. There are plenty of suitable family hotels in Crete too so if you’re travelling with children in tow, you’ll be well catered for.
As well as picture-postcard beaches, Crete has lots more to explore. From deep gorges and lush valleys, to mountain settlements and fishing villages, there is plenty to see and do. If you’re into history, you will be very happy to explore a range of architectural treasures in the Old Town, or relics of the various civilisations that have inhabited the island - from Minoan and Byzantine to Roman and Venetian.
With Greek specialities like feta cheese, green or black olives, pitta bread, taramasalata and hummus to be found in food stores the world over, visitors will be very familiar with Greek food - long before they even arrive on the island’s shores. Greek cuisine is popular with both vegetarians and carnivores, with lamb a key ingredient in many meat-based dishes such as moussaka. Greek restaurants are popular the world over, and a visit to Crete offers the chance to sample authentic dishes, washed down with Ouzo or Raki, the local drinks - or perhaps even a glass of Cretan wine.
If you fancy escaping to a Greek island some time soon, check out the hotels in Crete that we have to offer.