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Crete holidays

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Aghios Nikolaos
Aghios Nikolaos

The largest and most southerly of the Greek Islands, Crete offers more variety and sunshine than any other. It's an extremely independent island and the Cretans are proud of their home and the hospitality they offer to visitors. Crete boasts a marvellous climate, excellent thriving resorts, unspoilt beaches, areas of stunning natural beauty and a history steeped in mythology and great feats of ancient civilisations. Its landscape is varied and beautiful. Snow capped mountains until May, fertile areas ablaze with colour, and the famous Samaria gorge - Europe's longest at 18 kilometres with rugged slopes plunging 600 metres to the valley floor. A visit to the famous archaeological sites is a must, whether its the Minoan Palace at Knossos, home of the legendary Minotaur, or smaller sites at Malia and Phaestos. To discover a Crete that few visit, hire a car and drive down to the south of the island. The main resorts along the long northern coastline each have their own charm and points of interest. Whether you wish for beach life, nightlife, great restaurants or a little of each, we are sure that you will find a resort to suit you.

Flight time: About 4 hours, 30 mins approx. hours

  • Flying from Republic of Ireland

  • Flying from Northern Ireland

    • We don’t currently fly to Crete from Northern Ireland.

Kids’ Club

Children will never be bored with our fun-packed Kids’ Clubs, open at least four hours a day, five days a week. From babies to teens, all ages are catered for.

Family choice

These great properties are perfect for families, with plenty to keep both kids and grown-ups happy. With a wide range of Family Choice accommodation to choose from, you're sure to find something to suit your family's needs.

Couples

Take your pick from these great holidays, ideal for those wanting to relax in a friendly environment for couples.

Close to the Beach

Choose one of these accommodations to ensure you are within 400 metres of the beach (1km for villas).

Central Location

These accommodations are guaranteed to be less than 500 metres from the centre of your resort, close to bars and restaurants.

Activities

Choose one of these holidays and you'll find a range of fun things to do including sports and/or day and evening entertainment.

Young and lively

Perfect for fun-seeking couples and groups, Young and Lively properties and resorts are all about lively holidays for lively people.

Premier Choice

Premier Choice is an exclusive selection of 4 and 5 star hotels, all boasting stunning locations and excellent standards of accommodation, cuisine and service. You’ll find them close to the beach or resort centre, with spacious pool areas for relaxing in the sun.

Choose a Premier Choice holiday and the price includes pre-reserved seating on all our flights and any other airline which offers this facility (to be confirmed at the time of booking).

Things to do

Highlights

  • Five Must Sees:
  • Kathos Zakros - a Minoan site on the east coast
  • Samaria Gorge in the White Mountains - the longest ravine in Europe
  • The Kronioan Cave in Tzermiado (said to be the mythical home of Zeus' parents)
  • The Minotaur's lair beneath the Palace of Knossos
  • The old town of Malia and Hersonissos with their cobbled streets, traditional houses and delicious tavernas
    Great Views: The spectacular panoramic view from the summit of Mount Juktas, 2703 feet high. It's here you will also find the caves in which Zeus is supposed to be buried
    Memorable Moments: Watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mirabello near Aghios Nikolaos, then relaxing over a meal in the resort dubbed the San Tropez of Crete
    Destination Treasures: The Palace in Malia
    Travel Tips: Take a boat trip to the tiny deserted island of Spinalonga, shop for textiles in Krista or just relax on one of the island's many beautiful beaches
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Blue Flag Beaches

95 beaches in Crete
Blue Flag Beaches are recognised as having high environmental, sanitary and safety standards. For full details of Blue Flag beaches in Crete refer to the Blue Flag Website http://www.blueflag.org
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Eating Out

Many options including Chinese, Italian and International restaurants, but be sure to try some Greek specialities such as tiropitta (small triangles of cheese in flaky pastry) and dolmades (rice-filled vine leaves with egg and lemon) along with the local wines.

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Shopping

Hours are generally from 8.30 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 21.00, but many resort shops stay open throughout the day.
Saturday mornings from 6.00 to 12.00 there is a market in Heraklion. Mostly fruit, vegetables and household goods.

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Transfer to your resort

From Heraklion Airport to: Hersonissos - 45 minutes approx.; Stalis - 1 hour approx.; Malia - 1 hour 15 minutes approx.; Aghios Nikolaos: 2 hours, 30 mins approx.; Elounda: 2 hours, 30 mins approx.; Koutouloufari: 1 hour approx.

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Information

Language: Greek
Currency: Euro
Shopping: Leather goods, ceramics, gold & silver jewellery
Your money
3 course meal (inc. wine) - €25/£22stg approx.
Glass of beer - €2/£1.76stg approx.
Bottle of Wine - €10/£8.80stg approx.
Tips: Take a break from the beach and sample some of Greece's ancient culture.
Prices shown are approximate.

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Eating Out

Many options including Chinese, Italian and International restaurants, but be sure to try some Greek specialities such as tiropitta (small triangles of cheese in flaky pastry) and dolmades (rice-filled vine leaves with egg and lemon) along with the local wines.

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Nightlife

Nightlife depends on your resort, with the top of the entertainment scale reached at Hersonissos. At every resort friendly restaurants and tavernas help you make the most of the Greek nights.

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Language

Greek

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Taxis

Taxis are grey and can be hailed from the roadside or at taxi ranks. Ask your rep. for approx. fares.

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Buses

Frequent service and a good system. Buses run from 7.30 to 22.00 about every half hour in high season. Inexpensive.

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Flying from

  • Republic or Ireland
    • Dublin Year round
    • Cork May-Oct
    • Kerry May-Oct
    • Dublin May-Oct
  • Northern Ireland
    • Dublin Year round
    • Cork May-Oct

 
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Kids Club
Kids Club

Children will never be bored with our fun-packed Kids Clubs, open at least four hours a day, five days a week.From babies to teens, all ages are catered for.

Family Choice
Family Choice
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These great properties are perfect for families, with plenty to keep both kids and grown-ups happy.

With a wide range of Family Choice accommodation to choose from, you're sure to find something to suit your family's needs.

Couples
Couples

Take your pick from these great holidays, ideal for those wanting to relax in a friendly environment for couples.

Close to the beach
Close to the beach

Choose one of these accommodations to ensure you are within 300 metres of the beach (1km for villas).

Centre Of Things
Centre Of Things

These accommodations are guaranteed to be less than 200 metres from the centre of your resort, close to bars and restaurants.

Activities
Activities

Choose one of these holidays and you'll find a range of fun things to do including sports and/or day and evening entertainment.

Young And Lively
Young And Lively

Perfect for fun-seeking couples and groups, Young and Lively properties and resorts are all about lively holidays for lively people.

Premier Choice
Premier Choice
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Premier Choice is an exclusive selection of 4 and 5 star hotels, all boasting stunning locations and excellent standards of accommodation, cuisine and service.

You'll find them close to the beach or resort centre, with spacious pool areas for relaxing in the sun.Choose a Premier Choice holiday and the price includes pre-reserved seating on all our flights and any other airline which offers this facility (to be confirmed at the time of booking).

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