From the calm of Minoan temples to the bass-thumping beats of Malia’s main strip, you’ll find a whole lot to explore when you take a flight to Crete.
Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands so it’s got plenty of room to squeeze in all of Greece’s best bits. Sprinkled around its pine-choked gorges and rugged mountains are plenty of classical Minoan sites that hint at the island’s 4,000 year past. Must-sees include the legendary Palace of Knossos and the ruins of the Phaestos near Kamilari. The Minoan tomb here dates back to 1900BC. But it’s not just a dose of mythology that you’ll get with a flight to Crete. Dusting the edges of the island are swathes of sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Med. Aghios Nikolaos is great for watersports, and the sandy stretch at Sun Beach is as balmy as the name suggests. Plus, to make your trip easier, our flights to Crete land at two airports - Chania and Heraklion.
Crete Top 5
SPRAWL on the pink sands of Elafonisi Beach and take a dip in its lagoon-like bay. You’ll find it over on the south-west coast.
HEAD to Heraklion’s Central Market. Expect to leave laden down with pots of honey, local cheeses and even some Minoan-style jewellery.
TUCK into a traditional dish like ‘dolmades’. This tasty mix of rice and meat is wrapped up in a vine leaf – just like a bite-sized present.
PARTY Med-style in Malia. Its main strip is full to the brim with enough bars and nightclubs to keep the drinks and beats flowing until sunrise.
EXPLORE the Palace of Knossos. This 3,500 year-old gem is a myth-filled classic that once harboured the Minotaur – so legend says.
Just So You Know…
Flights to Crete touch down at Chania and Heraklion Airports.