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Crete is the largest, most southern and most popular island for holidays. Having 1000km of coastline Crete has an abundance of beaches and as if that weren’t enough, it is situated close to other islands such as Paros, Rhodes and Santorini for those who wish to explore further afield. Crete holidays are fantastic as the tourism industry that has evolved over the years to offer some of the most extensive facilities in all of Greece. Holidays in Crete are always stylish and comfortable thanks to many luxury hotels with private pools, small family apartments and thousands of fantastic restaurants and bars that offer a wonderful variety. The magnificent coast of Crete is composed of soft white sandy beaches dotted with amazing coves and bays created by the beautiful waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
For those seeking a fun-filled party holiday look no futher than Malia! This 18-30 party resort, complete with a sandy beach is one of the most popular party resorts in Europe. Aghios Nikolaos also offers lively nightlife with an attractive harbour lined with cafes however this beautiful resort, built by the Venetians, is a little less spoilt and boasts an allegedly bottomless lake! For a more cosmopolitan feel try Hersonissos – the wide selection of bars and discos will satisfy even the most seasoned reveller and also has a popular promenade lined with many interesting and unique shops.
Upon leaving the beautiful beaches, Crete holidays offer a vast span of history containing many different cultures. The earliest and perhaps most interesting of these cultures is the Minoan civilization. The Minoan civilization started in 2600BC and was the earliest civilization of Europe and Crete was at the heart of it. The history of Crete comes mainly from all of the different civilizations that have claimed it, including the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. All of the history in Crete makes for some fantastic outings with numerous archaeological wonders to visit. Amongst the Minoan wonders are the especially amazing palaces of Knossos and Phaistos which will both prove incredible ventures for days out.
For those seeking a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more busy resorts then try some of the following resorts. Rethymnon has a Venetian fortress and a sleepy fishing harbour as well as a long sand and shingle beach. Chania offers fantastic views of the white mountains and has a picturesque venetian harbour. Elounda oozes traditional charm and spectacular views of Spinalonga Island. Gouves acts as an excellent base for exploring the island and has a relaxed atmosphere and is near to the traditional resort of Sissi with its pretty harbour and narrow cobbled streets.
Crete holidays are guaranteed to be successful as the island boasts a wonderful climate with consistent temperatures year round. Even with mild winters Crete still has frequent snowfalls on it's mountains between November and May however the snow rarely ventures near sea level. Summer holidays in Crete will see temperatures of high 20s to low 30s Celsius (around 90 Fahrenheit) which occasionally climb up to around 40 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit). The sun is more common on the south coast where it is nearer to North Africa. The wonderfully warm climate allows Crete's visitors to choose between being astounded by the wonder of the historic architecture, enjoying a relaxing stay on the white sand or both! With a vast range of hotels and apartments, finding a cheap holidays in Crete is easy and affordable.