A Blue Flag beach town close to Rethymnon
The little town of Missiria is perched on a Blue Flag beach on Crete's northern coast. Life here is all about that stretch of sand – park yourself by the sea for a fix of sunbathing, swimming and watersports. The seafront's Greek tavernas provide cold lunchtime drinks and seafood suppers, while a line-up of shops, mini golf and sports can keep kids occupied.
If your feet get itchy, Missiria is around four kilometres from the town of Rethymnon. Hop on a bus to explore its Venetian harbour, iconic fortress and picturesque old town.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Missiria is approximately 1 hour.
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.