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Crete is the largest island in Greece, located on the southern side of the Aegean Sea. With Greece enjoying long lasting summers, a villa holiday in Crete allows you to let the sunshine warm your soul as the island reveals its exceptional beauty and diverse landscapes. Dream-like villages are perched high on lush green hillsides and this enthralling natural beauty combined with rich culture and worldwide famous gastronomy, provides a magical Greek villa holiday for all ages.

Things to do in Crete

In Crete you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountain landscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges. Crete is teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover. Chania and Heraklion are some of the biggest towns in Crete, boasting magnificent medieval architecture.

The Cretan gastronomy is popular not only in Greece but also around the world. The culinary delights of Crete island are based on fresh, locally produced ingredients that are used by talented chefs to create the most luscious traditional dishes. A holiday villa in Crete allows you to sample all of this and more.


History and Culture in Crete

The mythical island of Crete has a rich history and culture making it one of the most popular Greek destinations to book a villa escape. Crete’s natural beauty is equalled only by the richness of its history. At the crossroads of three continents, Crete has been coveted and occupied by consecutive invaders. There is a labyrinthine of lanes lorded over by mighty fortresses, and gorgeously restored Renaissance mansions sitting alongside mosques and Turkish bathhouses. The Byzantine influence is present with magnificent frescoed chapels, churches and monasteries. One of the most famous places to visit in Crete is the archaeological site Knossos, based in Heraklion.  Said to be Europe’s oldest city, it was home to King Minos’ labyrinth.

Family holidays in Crete

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and much like the rest of Greece, it is a very family friendly destination, often voted as one of the most popular destinations for a family villa holiday. Almost every part of the island is suitable for families with so many things to do. Swim in crystal clear waters, take a boat trip to discover rock coves or speed along the mountain bike trails.

Meet the local animals at Crete’s first aquarium, home to a unique display of local sea life and reptiles from around the world. Most of the animals here were rescued or injured and now have a loving home at Aquaworld.

Try something different with a trip to Dinosauria Park, an outdoor sculpture park home to a huge number of model dinosaurs as well as a number of other prehistoric animals.

Acqua Plus is by far the most popular water park on the island of Crete and provides a fun day out for the kids. The water park is perfect for all ages and has two connecting sections, one for adults with extreme water slides and one for kids with water safe slides and pools.

Chania, Crete

Adventurous activities in Crete

If you are a thrill-seeker, there’s a whole host of things to do whilst exploring the nature of Crete. Dramatic gorges, such as the famous Samaria gorge, trekking routes and water sports will keep your adrenaline levels high when you book a villa in Crete.

Romance in Crete

Whilst wandering around the warren of romantic alleys in Crete, it will make you feel as if you’ve travelled back in time.. Untouched by mass tourism, the villages are the backbone of Cretan culture and identity, especially those tucked in the hills and mountains. Relaxing strolls and stopping off to sample some of the local flavours make Crete a perfect escape for a couples villa holiday.

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