Holidays to Crete
The largest of the Greek islands, a Crete holiday offers something for everyone. The warm, dry climate, tempered with cooling sea breezes, makes Crete package holidays a highly popular choice for families in July and August. However, with one of the longest summer seasons in Greece, you can book bargain holidays to Crete well in to October and still get a healthy tan. We at Co-operative Travel offer last minute Crete holidays throughout the year, to some of the island’s most beautiful and sought-after destinations.
Crete holidays range from purpose-built hotels in modern tourist resorts, to villas in more remote places, such as Stavros, so named because this is the beach where Zorba the Greek’s famous dance was filmed. Culture vultures also book late deals in the Crete cities of Heraklion and Chania. Crete is known as the Birthplace of Civilisation, with many sites showing evidence of 8000 years of occupation. The most famous are the Minoan ruins at Knossos, near Heraklion. There’s plenty of natural wonder too; the Samaria Gorge, near Chania, is the longest in Europe.
Book cheap holidays with us and one thing you’re sure of is variety. A dramatic coastline of rocky inlets, tiny fishing villages and wide sweeping beaches gives way to a scenic interior of snow-capped mountains, hillsides of olive groves and meadows of cascading wild flowers. With numerous villas and self-catering apartments scattered across the island, Crete package holidays can be booked on an all-inclusive or self-catering basis. With the larger resorts, and many of the smaller ones, having abundant shops, bars and restaurants, as well as local markets, the latter is often the best option.
Agios Nikalaos is probably the best known resort for bargain holidays to Crete, with a fabulous lagoon, superb beaches and plenty of watersports and evening entertainment. We at Co-operative Travel also recommend looking for Crete holiday offers in Rethymnon, Platanias and Plakias, any of which would make a superb vacation spot for families.