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    Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is widely regarded as a country within a country, not least by the Cretans who are welcoming and hospitable, and fiercely proud of their history, golden sandy beaches, azure Aegean waters and the fact that they enjoy the longest summer in Europe. Crete holidays are perfect for those who are looking for an idyllic island getaway fit for the gods.

    Crete, the birthplace of the legendary Zeus, occupies the most southerly point in Europe offering everything for a perfect Mediterranean holiday: golden beaches, sparkling waters, stunning scenery, and a richly diverse culture shaped by centuries of history including the Minoans, the first civilisation in Europe, followed by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Four lofty mountain ranges, high enough to be snow-clad in winter, dominate the rolling foothills and broad coastal plains, and secluded villages nestle amongst vineyards, olive and citrus groves and green, fertile meadows. To the south, small fishing communities seek shelter beneath precipitous windswept cliffs, and the north boasts beaches, coves and a series of great bays decorated with ribbons of fine golden sand. With its varied terrain, from sparkling beaches to snow-topped mountains, there is a great wealth of things to do on Crete holidays.

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Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is widely regarded as a country within a country, not least by the Cretans who are welcoming and hospitable, and fiercely proud of their history, golden sandy beaches, azure Aegean waters and the fact that they enjoy the longest summer in Europe. Crete holidays are perfect for those who are looking for an idyllic island getaway fit for the gods.

Crete, the birthplace of the legendary Zeus, occupies the most southerly point in Europe offering everything for a perfect Mediterranean holiday: golden beaches, sparkling waters, stunning scenery, and a richly diverse culture shaped by centuries of history including the Minoans, the first civilisation in Europe, followed by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Four lofty mountain ranges, high enough to be snow-clad in winter, dominate the rolling foothills and broad coastal plains, and secluded villages nestle amongst vineyards, olive and citrus groves and green, fertile meadows. To the south, small fishing communities seek shelter beneath precipitous windswept cliffs, and the north boasts beaches, coves and a series of great bays decorated with ribbons of fine golden sand. With its varied terrain, from sparkling beaches to snow-topped mountains, there is a great wealth of things to do on Crete holidays.

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St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

5 Star

Two kilometres from Agios Nikolaos and set amidst beautiful flower-filled gardens, overlooking Mirabello Bay

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Elounda Bay Palace

5 Star

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the long established Elounda Bay Palace has an enviable reputation for excellence

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Minos Beach

5 Star

Minos Beach provides a luxurious holiday experience in very stylish surroundings. Delightful white-washed bungalows are hidden within a garden landscape where bougainvillea

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Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa

5 star

Set in a wonderful hillside location, overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea

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Featured hotels

St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas

5 Star

Two kilometres from Agios Nikolaos and set amidst beautiful flower-filled gardens, overlooking Mirabello Bay

Elounda Bay Palace

5 Star

A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the long established Elounda Bay Palace has an enviable reputation for excellence

Minos Beach

5 Star

Minos Beach provides a luxurious holiday experience in very stylish surroundings. Delightful white-washed bungalows are hidden within a garden landscape where bougainvillea

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa

5 star

Set in a wonderful hillside location, overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea

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