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Crete Holidays 

With ancient historical sites, sandy beaches, tavernas and mountain villages, Crete has everything you could want for a sunny beach holiday. Crete holidays range from luxury resorts to good quality budget hotels and Self Catering apartments. As Greece's largest island, there’s plenty of space for relaxing and adventuring, with many beachside spots to choose from.

35 °C

Expect high temperatures up to 35°C in the peak summer months, with June and September having averages of 28°C. Springtime and early autumn bring milder temperatures but are still warm.

4 hours

Heraklion International Airport, the island's main airport, located 5km from Heraklion, Crete's capital city.

Chania International Airport, around 14km from the centre of Chania, Crete's second largest city.

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Book a beach holiday to Crete with Airtours and enjoy the peaceful countryside or the tourist-friendly beachside villages. 

Featured holidays in Crete

Minas Apartments

14 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 415 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Connected Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Dionysos Studios & Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Short stroll to the beach
  • Traditional Greek style
  • Pool

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 333 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Sarpidon Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • 500m from resort centre
  • Sun terrace with mountain views
  • Swimming pool and poolside snack bar

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 261 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
Resort Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
Enhanced Quality Monitoring
Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Marigianna Apartments

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 325 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Connected Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Sissi Bay Hotel and Spa

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 977 reviews

What is included ?

15kg Standard Luggage Allowance
Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
ATOL Protection
This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
Return Transfers
At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
24hr Connected Service
We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
Manage through Holiday App
Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

As one of Europe's most popular places to go on holiday, Crete has an enormous range of different accommodation.You can take an apartment for Self Catering or choose from hotels to suit your budget. With Airtours, you can choose great All Inclusive deals with large resort hotels to help make your money go further. 

The great thing about Crete is that it’s so diverse and can offer you dozens of things to do. If sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand is your thing, you’ll love what Crete has to offer. If you have stacks of energy then Crete's attractions won't disappoint you, whether it's taking a trek or enjoying the many water sports available. Shop ‘til you drop, eat until you’re full and dance the night away. 

The legendary King Minos (he of the legendary Minotaur, a man with a bull's head) founded the Minoan civilization on Crete and was responsible for building the magnificent Palace of Knossos. This attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, but other excavations of Minoan culture include the Palace of Phaistos and the Palace of Malia. These are great places to visit if you want to add a little culture to your trip, and you’ll be sure to come home with some great souvenirs and mementoes.

Water sports are big in Crete and you can be as energetic or relaxed as you want when choosing to get out onto or into warm coastal waters. Take a trip with friends and family on a banana boat, potter close to the shore in a pedalo, or try the adrenaline rush of a powerful jet ski.Want to water ski but never done it? Take some lessons. It's like falling off a log. Two logs really unless you're on a wakeboard!

You'll always find somewhere to go for an evening's entertainment that starts with a drink in a friendly bar, then moves on to some Greek culinary delights in a restaurant or taverna. After your meal, head out to a bar or club or just go back to your hotel to relax on the balcony with a glass of local wine.

Crete is best for

Hikers: Hundreds of trails up mountains and down gorges make Crete an ideal place if you love to walk. From Mount Ida, the island's highest peak, to Samaria Gorge there are plenty of challenges to try. 

Families: With acres and acres of sandy beaches, Crete has great beach holidays with lovely clear waters. The resorts have family friendly activities and entertainment and the Greeks make children feel very welcome.

History explorers: The mysterious, ancient Minoan culture is great for anyone interested in archaeology, with the Palace of Knossos and many other historical sites dotted around the island.


Fast facts

Language: The official language is Greek. English is widely spoken in the resorts and major cities and towns.

Currency: Euro. 

Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly To: Heraklion International Airport or Chania International Airport.

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 4 hours from the UK.

Tourist Information: Find out more about Crete

Visa and Health: Before travelling to Greece get advice on health, advice and visa requirements.


Weather and climate

Temperature: High season months of July and August can get very hot with average maximum temperatures of 29°C. Spring and autumn bring cooler temperatures but are still lovely and warm. 

Best time to visit Crete: Sun seekers who love the heat should choose the high season months for lying around on the beach or by the pool. If you love nature then spring is the best time as the island is filled with wildflowers. In September and October, the sea remains warm to swim in and the summer heat has died down a little.


Getting around

By Bus: There’s a good bus network connecting cities and resort towns. 

By Taxi: Taxis can be found everywhere in resorts and cities and can make it easy to go for a night out or to visit a new place.

By Hire Car: Crete is a big island and a hire car is ideal for exploring off the beaten track.

By Bicycle: Cycling is a popular activity though care should be taken in the heat of the summer months.

By Motorboat: Hire a motorboat to explore inaccessible coves and beaches or for some fishing. No driving licence required.


Events

For street markets: Known as Laiki, street markets are held in villages and towns every week. If you’re on a Self Catering holiday, you can find foods of all types, from fresh vegetables to locally made cheeses and many types of fish. Textiles, embroidery, shoes and clothes stalls can also be found, and the sounds and smells of the markets give a flavour of the real Crete. 

For carnivals: These are celebrations of food, music and art, with carnival parades and concerts in towns, villages and cities all over the island. Look out for wine festivals in many of the villages.


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