1. There Is Something For Everyone
Crete is a particularly attractive destination for family holidays, and one of the key reasons behind this is the sheer variety of things to do there. It is often put that Crete is a miniature version of the Greek mainland, and that rings true in many ways. There are three larger cities on the island, as well as number of relatively remote villages that also offer a variety of activities and accommodation options.
The beaches in Crete are what make a holiday to Greece worthwhile. Each one offers something a little different from small coves to bustling beaches where there’s always something going on. Award winning beaches here include the Elafonissi and Balos Lagoon; both said to be paradise-like.
In its peak months of June to September you can expect average temperatures of 22 to 27 °C, here the summer last longer!
4. A Historical Centre
Crete is home to the ancient Minoan culture, and for many years was a central hub of Greek civilisation, being strategically positioned as it is in the Southern Mediterranean. The thriving culture of this island was wiped out by the huge volcanic eruption at Santorini approximately four thousand years ago. Whether it is the Palace of Knossos or one of the many ancient ruins scattered throughout the island, Crete’s rich history is on display wherever one looks.
5. Old Towns
The great thing about Crete is that it caters for all ages and across the island are small old towns that offer quirky street markets and inspirational architecture. Visit the Old Town of Chania come in touch with the long history of the island.
6. Samaria Gorge National Park
This national park is a good reason alone to take your holiday in Crete. It is believed to be one of the most picturesque parks in Europe thanks to its 10 miles of natural beauty including waterfalls and mountains. Any nature lover will be in for a real treat here.
There are many scenic routes to take in Crete; some to be done by car and others available as excursions that will give you a real glimpse into the island’s natural beauty. The Richtis and Imbros Gorge and the Lake Kournas are well worth a visit.
8. Diving Opportunities
Thanks to Crete’s clear waters it means that anyone can take a try at diving and snorkelling.
The Cretan diet is not just a variety of dishes laid on the table. It comprises a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people. In the Cretan culture food plays a central role.
The people of Crete are said to be extremely friendly and find great pleasure in giving their visitors the time of their lives when visiting their home towns!