To Greeks, Crete is the Megalonissi (Great Island), a hub of spectacular ancient art and architecture. Fabled as the land of King Minos, it is a unique world where civilization is counted by the millennium. From every point of view travelers discover landscapes of amazing variety.
Crete – the southernmost island in Europe has “everything”! Its bountiful variety of features includes mountain villages, long sandy beaches, rocky bays, beach-bar-boogie and nightlife. There are magnificent mountain ranges, water-sports, tranquil locations and clean swimmable seas.
When to visit:
The climate is ideal for most folk, most of the year. Traditional tourist visit period is April to mid-October. But the best times to visit Crete are in late spring/early summer and in autumn when the weather is not too hot and the summer hordes of tourists have left. Conditions are just perfect between Easter and mid June, when the weather is pleasantly warm in most places, beaches and ancient sites are relatively uncrowded and is cheaper and easy to find. Spring and autumn are also the best time for trekking and other outdoor activities.
The towns and more:
Heraklion - Heraklion has the major archaeological museum, smart and trendy cafes and shops and a noisy business bustle – it also offers many hidden treasures, which we happily reveal.
Chania - Chania has much of the Venetian part of its history intact. Luxury in Venetian Villas converted to hotels, the ever impressive Venetian Harbour, narrow shop and restaurant-lined pedestrian streets, small hotels contained in buildings that once were home to expatriate merchants and a wide range of places to stay.
Rethymno - Rethymno has the old section - the castle and a long sandy beach, cafes and restaurants with local and visiting customers.
Sitia - Sitia is quieter, though still providing much of interest in its Fortezza, beach, unique cafes and many hotels. Many similar benefits are on offer in Plakias and Ierapetra.
Crete in winter ........ a beginning
"Out of season" and "off-season" the right time to enjoy Crete's more peaceful nature. A good time to pursue interests, studies, hobbies and hikes. By winter, we mean November until late March. Crete winter warmers: We have a delightful place for you to stay in Crete, in a village near Chania.
Winter months offer the chance to explore the uncrowded vision of Crete. In some years there is significant snowfall in the mountains. Vistas open up in the winter and you can meet local people, experience hospitality that is offered so genuinely when you pause on your journey around the island