Culture and History in Crete

Life on Crete began in the Minoan period, a staggering 128,000 years BC, but  in that era the tendency was towards keeping visitors away from your island, rather than attracting people to visit it and these days, Crete relies heavily on it historical influence to attract tourists from around the world.

Gramvousa Castle, Crete

Gramvousa Castle, Crete

A variety of cultures have left their mark on the island, from the Minoans and Romans through to the Venetians, and with each race of people building castles in Crete as testament to their power, the area has become known for its many ruins.  Some of these, such as Gramvousa, a 13th Century castle that was invaded by pirates and ravaged by armies, have become popular locations for day trips by boat or road.

The weather in Crete is another attractive feature of the island, with summers that reach temperatures in the mid to high 20 degrees and little rain to dampen spirits.  So it’s no wonder that British holiday makers take advantage of booking cheap holidays to Crete when they fancy a break in the sun.

Entertainment in Crete

There are plenty of things to do in Crete depending upon where you go and what you want from a holiday.  For the young and lively the typical choice is to head for the resort of Malia, Crete, described by some as the ‘wildest resort’ on the island.  This place is all about the nightlife, with bars that open early and shut late.

For a cultural step back in time, tourists can take a boat from Elounda, Crete to the nearby deserted island of Spinalonga, which was once a colony for lepers that were banished from Crete to life out their lives in exile.

On another part of the island, the resort village of Plakias, Crete offers tourists the chance to enjoy a more traditional, and quiet holiday, with plenty of sandy beaches and a local taverna lifestyle to enjoy – it’s probably worth mentioning however, that most of the island’s naturists favour these beaches, and some of them are often given over to the practice of nude sunbathing.

Transportation to Crete/in Crete

Cheap holidays to Crete are regularly available for British holiday makers thanks to the number of daily flights from the UK.  Flights to Crete from London take around four hours, and with the average price for a return ticket only ?190 in the summer (averaged between budget and standard carriers), cheap holidays to Crete are even more affordable than you’d first think.  (If you’re stuck for flights, the form at the bottom of this page can help you search for the best ones to suit your budget).

Car hire in Crete is simple to arrange, with the opportunity to pre-book before you depart, but there are plenty of other ways to get around once you’ve arrived if you don’t want the trouble of driving; the international airport of Heraklion is just 5km from the capital city that has the same name, and there is a regular bus service provided.

Malia Palace, Crete

Malia Palace, Crete

Accommodation in Crete

Cheap holidays to Crete don’t mean that you have to opt for budget accommodation.  There are plenty of resorts to choose from and for something a little different, villas in Crete can offer a private vacation with the luxury of your own space, and sometimes your own pool.

If you fancy a little luxury while you’re away, the St Nicholas Bay Hotel Crete will be right up your street.  Set in the style of a village, the accommodation comprises individual bungalows to ensure that visitors get the peace and quiet they’re after.

For something a little less palatial, the Golden Sun Hotel Crete is a three star hotel that was refurbished to a high standard in 2002.  It offers an all-inclusive package to make meals and drinks less of a strain on the wallet, but with food as good as this on offer, you’re hardly likely to be tempted to eat elsewhere anyway.

Holiday Facilities in Crete

As with most sunny holiday destinations, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in, regardless of who you’re travelling with.

Families can enjoy the thrill of trekking into the mountain trails on horseback, with the Finnikia horse riding tour out of Heraklion.  There a plenty of trails of different lengths, and riders for all ages are catered for, so parents can share their children’s fun in a safe environment.

Couples can indulge in some quiet time by enjoying a trek out to Balos Beach.  Lying between the mountains on one side and the Balos lagoon on the other, the only way to get there is by following some secluded goat trails.  It’s a simple walk, but well worth the effort, and the beauty of the area will have you sitting down to take in the stunning view.

A large group of friends could enjoy the shared experience of a dolphin watching trip, and marvel as they get up close and personal to these magnificent animals.  There are several companies who will arrange trips for whole groups, and it’s a truly great experience to share with others.

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