Ancient mythology and natural beauty
Crete has more than its fair share of pretty harbours and sandy beaches, but the island has a dramatic side, too – inland, its landscape is slashed with gorges, scored with valleys and dominated by mountains.
Hire a car to help you nose inland and discover half-hidden villages and hamlets. Knossos is a page worth bookmarking in your guidebook – it's the biggest and most impressive of Crete's Minoan palaces.
Cretan hotels set the bar high when it comes to luxury, and we've handpicked the cream of the crop. They're scattered along the island's north coast, in button-cute waterside towns like Elounda and Aghios Nikolaos.
Innovatively designed to blend with the landscape overlooking the Gulf of Elounda and the UNESCO protected islet of Spinalonga.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.