Almond trees and olive groves, tiny white chapels beyond glittering seas and whispers of an ancient Minoan civilization on holidays to Crete
The scent of sage, thyme and rosemary fill the mountainous countryside; behind stone walls and palace-style resorts you’ll find luxurious spas; and, on an island famed for its dairy products, artisanal parlours are chock full of pistachio ice cream and lemon sorbet. We love holidays to Crete for the seaside tavernas dishing out fresh cheeses and Greek wines, the hotels which are home to infinity pools with out-of-this-world views, and those tiny coastal fishing villages where you can pick up local honey and home-pressed oils.
A big island full of bold colours, beautiful beaches and beguiling Greek legend, Crete holidays are as much about that deep blue sea as they are miniature Byzantine chapels housing frescoed ceilings and huge archaeological grids tracing the remains of an ancient Minoan empire. We can tell you the best places to see these sights: the colossal Bronze Age settlement of Knossos, Chania’s Venetian houses and historic Spinalonga Island. And if you’re craving golden sands we can put you on child-friendly Blue Flag beaches or exotic palm tree-lined bays.
Cretan gorges feature sweet scented valleys and sea green pools and end at the Aegean Sea while high plateaus put you among a party of white windmills with their sails turning in the breeze. If you’re looking for something off the charts, head southwards. Time it right and you can walk through shallow waters to the islet of Elafonisi to see those iconic pink and white sands.