Just four hours away from the UK, a long weekend on the Greek island of Crete offers something for everyone.
Sometimes going on a long weekend break can be all it takes to relax and switch off from the stresses of your everyday life. Crete is a great choice for your minibreak as the island pretty much has it all: white sand beaches, mountainous terrain and plenty of history.
As soon as you land in Heraklion Airport, you’ll shrug off the stress of daily life. Book an airport transfer to your private villa and you will be relaxing in the sun with a beer in no time.
Where and What to Eat in Greece
Whilst you’re in Crete you’ll want to sample some of the local delicacies. The island makes incredible cheeses and the ingredient can be found in multiple pastries and salads.
Being such a close neighbour, Greece has a heavy influence in the cuisine here in Crete so you’ll find favourites like Moussaka on most menus.
Finish up your meal with some moreish Loukoumades (doughnuts) and a fortifying glass of the local liquor, Raki. The island is also famed for its olive oil, so if you have space then buy a couple of bottles to take home with you.
If the Raki is slipping down a treat and you want to carry on the night, the Loft Club in Heraklion spin the tunes until late into the night and they host frequent theme nights.
You can see more must-eat Greek dishes here.
Explore Crete’s Caves
If you aren’t too hungover and want to get your sightseeing fix, look no further than the islands myriad caves, fortresses and palaces.
Rent a car and take things at your own pace or book a tour and let someone else do all the work.
Explore the Palace of Knossos
The palace of Knossos has some of the most famous Greek ruins in the world so is well worth a visit.
Head to the Mountains
Alternatively, head into the mountains for some high-action fun, book an off-road buggy adventure or some gorge walking to really set this trip apart.
Cool Off at the Waterpark
The Aqua Plus water park is another must do, with more than 50 awesome slides and attractions you’ll be racing to see who can get down them all first.
Hit the Beach
Once you’ve exhausted yourselves, head to one of a plethora of stunning white sand beaches for some serious sun-worshipping. Take a cruise to see some secluded coves and hidden beaches or just take the weight off and dive into a book whilst the sun does all the hard work.
Where to Stay in Crete
Accommodation options in Crete are broad enough to suit any taste and budget. Whether it’s a villa with a pool and mountainous views, or a modern bachelor apartment in Chania Town, you’ll be sure to find the ideal place to kick back.
If you book your holiday in Greece towards the end of the summer when the children have gone back to school then you’ll find it much quieter and the weather will be less hot so it is perfect if you want to spend a lot of time outside.