Crete is a very popular destination, with many cheap holidays to the island advertised throughout the internet.
Crete is the most southern and the largest of the Greek Islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean.
The island has over 600 miles of coastline, complete with coves, bays and beautiful sandy beaches.
Crete has many beautiful beaches, some of the best in the world, too many to mention, but here are just a few
Elafonissi and Falasarna at Chania.
Georgioupolis, which is located on the north coast between Chania and Rethymno.
Vai in the northeast of the island.
Matala beach, located south of Heraklion.
Red beach is a naturist beach and is located in the south of the island.
THINGS TO DO
Crete is steeped in history and has many museums, the most important being the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. There are also many historical sites to visit, including the Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaestos, Malia, Gortyn and Zakros.
Walking and Riding
During the spring months Crete is perfect for walking, hiking and rambling. The island has a vast network of both country and coastal trails and ancient paths. The most popular walk on Crete is the Samaria Gorge which is both challenging and rewarding.
A great way to explore the beautiful island of Crete is to go on horseback. This way you can discover the ancient donkey trails, deserted beaches, quaint unspoilt villages, olive groves and vineyards.
The rugged mountains on Crete offer rock climbing, caving, mountain biking and even jeep tours.
There are plenty of places around the island for scuba diving and snorkelling, with several diving schools which provide courses for both beginners and experienced divers, and excursions.
Because of the summer sunshine, constant wind and great beaches, Crete is ideal for jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, pedalos and banana boat rides.
Crete has a Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and mild winters.
In April temperatures reach 18C, with over 8 hours of sunshine a day, making the weather perfect for outdoor pursuits.
During May temperatures reach 20C, 22-24C in June, and peak at 27C in August with 13 hours of sunshine a day, making this the best time for beach holidays.
During September and October the temperature stays above 20C, with about 10 hours of sunshine a day.
January and February are the wettest months, with temperatures dropping to 12C and 4 hours of sunshine a day.