Crete is the most southerly of the Greek islands and at approximately 250 kms from east to west and 56 kms from north to south it is also the largest.
Crete’s rugged scenery contrasts with Greece's more northerly islands; gorges and mountains dominate the landscape but you'll also find vast plains with wild vegetation, small villages, lively tourist resorts and an incredible array of ancient palaces, particularly from the Minoan Civilisation (Knossos, Festos, Malia, Zakros).
Crete's major resorts and towns are along the north coast; however we offer accommodation in a number of contrasting resorts across the whole island as well as villas off the beaten track in the Cretan countryside. We have split our programme to Crete into its four geographical regions - Chania in the west, Rethymnon in the centre, Heraklion in the centre but heading east and then Lassithi for the east of the island.
Fly Drive Holidays to Crete
Explore famous sights and lesser known villages, escape from busy resorts and experience the freedom of the road on one of our fly drive holidays. Uncover the hidden wonders of Crete - the largest island in Greece is more like a mini country; packed with history, ancient civilisations and fantastic scenery our self drive itineraries will whet your appetite for a longer holiday in the future.
We can also tailor make a fly drive itinerary for you, if you wish to have a more leisurely exploration of Crete, or if you wish to include different places on your itinerary. Simply let us know how long you wish the trip to be, how much driving you wish to do and how many nights (approximately) you would like to stay in each place and we will put together an itinerary for you.
Why not explore Crete on foot with our fantastic self-guided walking holiday. Stunning scenery and a more off-the-beaten-track experience!
Cities to visit
Stroll through Chania, along its harbour and through winding alleyways, to really get a feel for the 'Venice of Crete'
Districts to visit
Mountains and gorges meet beautiful beaches. Chania, with its Venetian and Turkish influence, is also worth a visit.
Resorts to suit all ages and tastes, fantastic Minoan sites, and a lively island capital characterise this area of Crete.
Towards the east of Crete you'll find villages, ports, a palm-fringed beach, the stunning Lassithi plateau and the reputed birthplace of Zeus.
Resorts to visit
Agios Nikolaos is right in the heart of the Bay of Mirabello with its breathtaking vistas, azure blue seas and pleasant climate.
From Almyrida you can explore picturesque villages, dramatic mountain gorges and some of Crete's best beaches.
A former fishing hamlet which has grown into a bustling tourist village, with pretty white houses and lots of flowers.
Elounda and Plaka are picturesque fishing villages along the coastal road not far from Agios Nikolaos.
This award-winning beach is part of the Natura 2000 network, thanks to its variety of flora and fauna.
Kato Zakros is an impressive traditional fishing village, tucked away in the south-east corner of Crete.
The little seaside resort of Makrigialos, east of Ierapetra on the Libyan Sea, is an ideal spot for a relaxing beach holiday.
An island in the Bay of Mirabello. The fishing village opposite (also called Mochlos) is famous for the specialities served in its tavernas.
The village of Palekastro is a former farming village that has grown in recent years yet still retains its delightful character.
Tours & Activities
Take time to explore Crete, the largest Greek Island. A journey full of Crete's major sights. START / FINISH - Heraklion.
A wonderful exploration of central Crete's ancient past together with some superb beaches and scenery without exhaustive driving. START / FINISH - He ...
Explore the natural beauty of Crete at your own pace; one week's self guided hiking tour of the island's best locations. START / FINISH - Heraklion (or ...
Hotels to visit
E Carter, October, 2019
J Hanson, UK, Sept 2018
S Morris, UK, July 2018
A Robinson, UK, June 2018
J Hanson, UK, June, 2017
C Kett, UK, May, 2017
R Sayer, UK, April, 2017
J Veilands, Australia, October 2016
G Maheswaran, UK, Sept 2016
G Maheswaran, UK, Sept 2016