If you choose your holidays to be on Crete island in Greece, you’ll notice the unique landscapes in combination with the wild nature of the island. Crete is a wonderful place to visit during winter and summer. There are lots of activities to do for all seasons to suit every taste. Among other places of Greece, as long as you step your foot in Crete, you’ll soon realize that this place’s aura and hospitality are unique. So if you thinking of visiting Greece at least once in your life, there are plenty of reasons to choose Crete island as your destination.
When it comes to hospitality and welcoming people you’ll have never ever experienced anything like Cretans. The people you’ll meet are always so kind and inviting. Most people around Greece and Crete speak English fluently and you’ll never feel uncomfortable in any situation. But even if you are not an English speaker, no matter if they can speak your language or not, you can expect a friendly and warm welcome and experience.
Greek food is alone a good reason to visit Greece. It’s so diverse and delicious, and often reasonably priced. The cuisine in Crete can be described in the following words: “Prefer the products of your land”. The wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, wild greens, and herbs are combined with tasty meat. The outcome is a number of particularly tasty dishes that don’t come up anywhere else in Greece. You can taste delicious dishes, sweets, cheese, and alcohol (wine, ouzo, raki, rakomelo).
They are plenty of beautiful mountain villages that traditions kept unchanged unveil aspects of the true Cretan culture. Visiting Crete for holidays will fill you with the cultural heritage of Greece. Some unique places are villages Archanes, Zaros, and Asites in Heraklion region, Vamos and Chora Sfakion in Chania region, Anogia, Axos and Margarites in Rethymno region, Makrygialos and Kritsa in Lasithi region. This is the ‘heart’ of traditional Crete.
The old towns of Chania and Rethymno share a fascinating combination of Venetian and Ottoman architectural elements. There are well-known, charming, and much-photographed narrow alleys and streets. Stop by and have a coffee, snack, or meal in the traditional cafes and tavernas.
The Crete’s endless coastline is the most enviable characteristic of the island. Crete features numerous beaches for every taste. The vast majority of beaches are sandy, but there are many pebble and shingle beaches across the island. The most famous beaches in Chania are Elafonisi, Balos, and Falassarna, all of the unique beauty and atmosphere. Rethymno is known for its unusual beaches in the south part of the region like Triopetra, Agios Pavlos, and Preveli Palm Beach. Within a short distance from Heraklion, you will find Agia Pelagia and Lygaria, and in the south part of the region, you’ll find the raw beauty of Matala, Agiofarango, and Eligia (in Ai-Giannis). Last but not least, the area of Lasithi is well-known for its picturesque shores that are washed by the Libyan Sea and cosmopolitan Elounda beach and Spinalonga island that used as a leper colony.
In general, the Northern coast of the island is considerably more developed and commercial than the south, but this is one Greek Island that’s still big enough to find hidden nooks that are relatively under-exposed. While the southern coast is a world away from the mass tourism of its northerly neighbors, craggy mountains and towering cliffs lead you to places for those seeking raw beauty, adventure, and stunning sunsets.
High mountains with rugged peaks, caves and ravines, fertile plateaus and valleys, rare cedar forests, and water habitats are the pieces that make up the lovely and diverse Cretan land. Once visiting Crete island in Greece for holidays or not, if you are a fan of nature, you should definitely visit Mt. Psiloritis Natural Park, Sitia Natural Park (both UNESCO Global Geoparks), discover caves celebrated in ancient Greek mythology such as Idaion Antron, Diktaion Antron, Melidoni and Sfendoni, hike Samaria Gorge, enjoy a ramble in Vai palm forest, Lakes Kourna & Preveli, as well as on Lasithi and Nida plateaus.
Crete is an island of Greece that can offer many thrills to action-loving travelers by the sea or on the mountain. Hike gorges, enjoy off-road rides in the mainland, follow trekking routes (the landscapes crossed by the E4 European trail are amazing). Crete is the biggest island in Greece, so there is no surprise to actually be the home to three natural parks, hundreds of gorges and mountains, and more than 4,500 caves. Besides hiking in places like Samaria Gorge and the Rouvas Forest, you can also engage in other outdoor activities like birdwatching, canyoning, rock climbing, sailing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and windsurfing.
There’s something about Mediterranean destinations that makes you want to stay there forever. The entire atmosphere of Greece and Crete is relaxed yet contagiously lively and happy. Throw in the sun, the beaches, the views, and the food, and you’ve got yourself one perfect vacation.
Holidays in Crete island will make you shortly realize that the place is blessed with one of Greece’s mildest climates and if you are not necessarily looking for a beach destination, you can visit Crete from April to October, While both April and October may have some rainy days, the weather in Crete still allows you to be flexible with your planning.