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Crete is a Greek island to the south of the country’s mainland and is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. Known for its stunning landscape and Mediterranean culture, which has largely been untouched by the effects of tourism. From Crete’s rich history to it’s stunning beaches, it truly is a memorable holiday destination.
No matter where you are staying in Crete, you will find fun attraction’s and interesting historical monuments. One of the most famous attractions in Crete is Palace of Knossos in the island’s capital of Minoan. This palace dates back to the Bronze age and its remains can still be seen today. It’s a truly fascinating piece of history.
Crete is perfect for couples and families of all ages. Crete is a large island and many of its areas cater towards different types of travellers, so no matter who you are or what your interests are, Crete has something for you.
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Crete’s nightlife varies depending on where you stay on the island. For the best nightlife, visit the wild town of Malia, where you can party all day and all night throughout your holiday.
The island offers fantastic restaurant’s serving cuisine from all over the world. However, for an authentic experience be sure to try some of the local delicacies.
Watercity is one of the best waterpark’s in Crete and is a fantastic way to spend a day out with the entire family.
With over 1,000km of coastline, you’re never too far away from a beach in Crete! Chania is known to have the best beaches in Crete so if you are a beach lover, be sure to stay here!
For the best shopping, head to the Talos Plaza, the largest shopping centre in Crete where you will find plenty of clothing and footwear stores, alongside a wide range of restaurants.
Crete celebrates carnival to honour the Venetian’s which once ruled Crete. Carnival is usually held in Late February/beginning of March and during the festival you will see many residents dressed in colourful attire and a large parade takes place.
We would recommend visiting Crete during the summer months as this is the hottest time of the year, perfect for a sun holiday. However, another reason to visit during summer is because this is when Crete hosts a wine festival across the entire island, giving tourist’s the chance to try local wine while listening to traditional Cretan and Greek folklore music. Overall, there does be a great atmosphere throughout the island.
Euro is the currency used in Crete.
Crete is two hours ahead of Ireland.
To reach Crete from Ireland you must take a connecting flight, so travel time and available flights vary. The island of Crete is quite large, so if you want to explore while on holiday here, car hire is a great way to do just that!