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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.

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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.

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

Featured holidays in Crete

Sarpidon Apartments

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

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Dionysos Studios & Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • In a great location close to the beach
  • Traditional Greek-style
  • Swimming pool located at Dionysos I

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smartline Infinity Blue

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Bright, modern rooms
  • Elegant room terrace

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smartline Mama Lemon

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Central location
  • Adults only (16yrs+)
  • 150m from the beach

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Anastasia Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Excellent service
  • Friendly, family-run hotel
  • Tranquil location

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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. Chania International Airport.

Flight Time from the UK: A little under 4 hours from London Heathrow.

Tourist Information: Find out more about Crete

Visa and Health: Before travelling to Crete with Airtours 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.


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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