The super sunny, picturesque Mediterranean island of Crete has plenty to offer all its holidaymakers. The largest of all the Greek islands, Crete has an abundance of activities to cater for all tastes. Visitors can experience the tranquillity and natural beauty of the landscape, enjoy its flora and fauna, explore the archaeological ruins or simply laze on one of its many stunning beaches. In contrast, there are the busy towns of the north coast and the lively tourist venue of Platanias on the west coast, which has enough activity and night life to keep even the most energetic party-animal happy. Accommodation ranges from luxury in isolated settings to the cheaper package style holidays which prevail on the bustling north coast. Families may prefer the smaller towns of Gouves, close to Heraklion, with their more traditional beach holiday atmosphere and the quiet port of Sissi, brimming with unspoilt charm.
The climate in Crete is typically Mediterranean, offering plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming at the beach and enjoying a plethora of outdoor activities. June, July and August are the hottest months when visitors will welcome the cooling sea breezes accompanied by an ice cold beverage! The best time to enjoy stunning wild flowers and to hike in the rugged inland countryside is during May, before things get too steamy.
Who will enjoy Crete?
Crete appeals to families, couples, groups and singles, which is why it is enduringly popular. For luxury holidays, the smart set head for sophisticated Agios Nikolaos where high-end accommodation and facilities are the norm. Those seeking an all round party experience head for the jumping resorts of Hersonissos and Malia, where the music is loud and the crowds dance till dawn. Crete has something for everyone and can cater for all preferences.
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