I have had many wonderful holidays to Crete and today I am sharing why I think it’s a perfect destination for a family holiday. If you are still looking for a destination for 2019 or even planning ahead for 2020 then I would definitely recommend a holiday to Crete.
“Crete’s mystery is extremely deep. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious force branching warmly and beneficiently through his veins,senses his soul begin to grow”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is served by two international airports; Heraklion and Chania. According to Greek Mythology Mount Ida in Crete was the birthplace of the mythical God Zeus. Crete has a varied landscape from rugged mountains and large gorges to olive groves and golden sandy beaches.
Itanos, also known as vai is a large golden sandy beach flanked by Europes largest natural palm grove. This gives off an exotic Caribbean feel; it’s also where the mars “taste of paradise” bounty adverts were filmed in the 70s.
Crete is also steeped in Greek history and you can see some of this at both the Museum of architecture in Heraklion & Knossos Palace a former Minoan village as well as many other museums. Spinalonga is another of Crete’s historical interests; it is a little Island off Crete accessible by boat from Elounda or Aghios Nikolaos & it is a former leper colony. Victoria Hislop wrote an amazing book – The Island – based around Spinalonga and if you are heading to Crete then I would certainly recommend giving it a read.
There are many activities available in Crete to entertain the whole family. Crete has a large waterpark & most of the beaches offer water sports facilities such as jet skiing, pedalos, wind surfing, kite surfing, Paragliding & banana boats. You can climb one of the many gorges including the world famous Samaria Gorge. There are 4×4 Jeep Safaris and of course plenty of beaches for sunbathing and swimming.
Crete has a varied Nightlife scene to suit all ages and tastes; from the clubs of Malia for the young party animals to the laid-back chilled harbour vibe of Elounda for the more sophisticated taste. There are many bars and restaurants in the Aghios Nikolaos which are suitable for families.
Crate was the centre of the Minoan civilisation which is reported to be one of the first civilisation is across Europe. Music and dance play a large part in creating a culture and this can be seen across many of the regular festivals and celebrations throughout the year.
The cretan climate is very hot in the summer; particularly in July and August where it can reach mid 40s. You can expect mild temperatures from April to October with some rainfall to be expected outside of the peak summer months. The climate from November through to March can be quite cold and snow will usually fall during those times. During the close season (November to October) a lot of the bars, restaurants and nightlife remain closed.
Where to stay:
Crete has a variety of options when it comes to where to stay; there are many beautiful 5* hotels in Elounda, we particularly like Nana Beach Hotel in Hersonissos. Crete also has a whole host of private villas available to hire which usually come with their own swimming pool and give you a bit more privacy, freedom and flexibility.
I hope I have inspired your holiday to Crete. Crete has always been a very large part of my life having lived there for many years on and off; please do tag me in social media if you do decide to head over to Crete or use my Instagram # (#HMCapturingmoments).