Crete is one of the Greek Islands that I don’t think gets enough love these days when it comes to famed holiday destinations. There is the vibe of the party island of Zante that sees twenty-somethings enjoy the sun, sea, and lots of drinking in the sun. Then there is the beautiful Mykonos, home of the Mamma Mia film and has sheer beauty and wonder, and let’s not forget everyone’s bucket-list destination of Santorini. Winding cobbled streets and picturesque white buildings with a backdrop of blue. Sheer perfection.
But with so many Greek islands to choose from, they can often be in the shadow of these islands, but they really shouldn’t be. I wanted to shed some light on Crete, a fabulous island and definitely one to add to your holiday destination wander list.
Fabulous destinations around the island
There are some amazing sights around Greece, but one of the popular destinations happens to be Heraklion, the port town and where most of the cruise liners will dock. A beautiful city, but with a lot to see outside of it, car rental could be essential. It has a rugged terrain and one that offers amazing beaches. Chania in particular is a great place to visit, and renting a car can actually be extremely worthwhile. It gives you the chance Some of the other popular destinations you may want to explore on the island of Crete include Knossos and Elafonisi.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking for some great places to take some pictures and they’re bound to be beautiful when you’re in Crete.
The best sights to see
Crete is known for being the birthplace of the famous Greek god Zeus, and you can actually visit the Ideon Cave. There are some amazing sights to see if you are the more active type, and the mountainous regions with Mount Ida could be definitely worth it to add to your list. Heraklion itself, the capital, is also home to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which houses the Minoan Artifacts and there is also Knossos, the bronze age settlement. For the history buffs, those two places are definitely one to add to your list of things to do while you are there, along with eating some amazing Greek food and enjoying the beautiful weather. This brings me nicely onto my next point.
The weather and when the best time to go is
The weather is normally good during the summer months in Greece, but you may also find that the spring and the autumn can also be extremely pleasant. It makes for a great holiday, not just if you have a family, but also if you want to go with a group of friends or as a couple outside of the busy high peak season months. It is definitely a great place to go for a sunny holiday, and even heading out there in the winter will probably give you better weather than what you can get in the UK.
So there you have it, my thoughts and information on the island of Crete. You could even tag it on to a cruise if you would rather get a taster first, but I guarantee you that you will no doubt be booking back there ASAP.
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