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Highlights in Crete
- The palace of Knossos
- Samaria National Park
- Heraklion Archaeological museum
- old town Rethymnon
- Elounda and Lake Voulismeni
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Holiday rentals and lettings in Crete
.Whatever you have in mind for your holiday, Crete offers a wide range of properties in outstanding surroundings. These villas will make you feel like you are at home. Magical views, breathtaking beaches, friendly people and delicious food create an atmosphere to simply “get away from it all”. So, let your villa holidays start here. Explore the Minoan civilisation, roam the mountain villages, enjoy the nature or simply relax by your private pool. Take a dip into some of the clearest waters you will see in Europe. Crete basks in pure sunshine. Enjoy a holiday home near the greatest beaches. Some of them include Elafonisi, Stalis Beach, Balos, Preveli or Vai.Spacious holiday rentals
A large and great selection for all sizes and budgets. Family villas are the most popular choice if you travel with children or with your family. These holiday lettings with a capacity of 8 guests and more, are usually suitable for 2-3 families or one big family. Fully equipped with all modern facilities, a swimming pool and some of them with special facilities for kids such as playgrounds. Looking for the perfect location? Many holiday lettings are close to the popular points of interest such as Rethymnon Venetian Port, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda and Heraklion.
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The area and getting around
The largest Greek island, never disappoints. It’s defiantly, proudly different. Want to explore and visit the best destinations? A foodie heaven? Or just a place that combines the beaches with the history? Crete has it all. A good quality road system and an excellent taxi, coach and ferry services will make your journey simple and pleasant. Crete is very well organised for travellers. A destination with one of the longest summers on the continent. Autumn is ideal for dodging the crowds. What about food? Cretan cuisine enhances the Mediterranean diet and dishes. Tzatziki, dakos, Greek yoghourt, Cretan cheese pie, raki and salads drizzled with olive oil will take you to a real foodie heaven.
Travelers and related activities
As an island, Crete is a perfect destination for relaxing at the beach. However, there’s much more to fit in your trip. Consider yourself a fully-fledged hiking nut with a desire for untrodden gorges and peaks? From the dramatic Samaria gorges to the White Mountains and the ridges of Mount Ida topping out at 2.400 metres, there are trails and gullies aplenty to conquer. Nature lovers can opt for birdwatching. Underwater world is what you fancy? The island is a paradise for divers with its dramatic rocky scenery and crystal-clear blue waters. Nine miles from Agia Pelagia lies the famous Dia wreck that has been resting under the sea for more than 130 years. Dia island is one of the most recommended spots to explore this marine world. If you love water you also have a great choice of adrenaline pumping activities such as waterskiing, parasailing, jet ski and much more. Join in on a boat day-trip to Spinalonga island, Balos Lagoon, Gramvousa island or Loutro to enjoy an unforgettable sailing experience. Are you a driver with a penchant for riding unknown roads? You will find empty roads that wind past long-lost hamlets and explore the best wine routes scattered around the island.
Crete’s waters and coastline are the clearest throughout Europe. They are so clear you can enjoy a 40-metre view from above.
Top 5 spots and travel tips
Hania or Khania is the main town in Western Crete It was the capital until 1971. It’s a perfect place to explore on foot. Romantic alleys, buildings enclosed within the remains of 16th-century walls, a fishing harbour and overlooking the Aegean Sea. This is the ideal base for visiting the beaches of Elafonissi and Balos or go hiking in Samaria Gorge.2.Samaria Gorge
Looking for a challenge?Located in the Samaria National Park, this impressive gorge descends to arrive at the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli. This visit requires more effort than others. The stony path is quite challenging and depending on a person’s speed and fitness level , the hike can take between 4 to 7 hours. At the end of the trek you can hire a boat to Chora Sfakion. The park is open to visitors from May to mid-October.3.The island’s capital, Heraklion
This is the base for visiting Knossos and exploring central Crete. Heraklion grew up around the sea and the old town focuses on the harbour. Koules is its most notable monument. The old town is surrounded by massive defensive walls. Inside, the pedestrian-only streets are lined by shops, cafés, churches, buildings and boutiques.4.Agios Nikolaos
Located in eastern Crete, on Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos offers a mix of the modern and the traditional. Lots of legends and rumours are always swirling about the town’s Lake Voulimeni, an almost perfectly circular body of water. From here you can visit the Diktean Cave, the charming village of Kritsa, the 13th-century church of Panagia Kera or take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island.5.Preparing your trip to Crete
If you look for beaches and good weather to enjoy everything the island has to offer, May from October is the best time to go. Currency exchange is better in the banks.The most popular souvenirs are leather goods, jewelry and crafts made by local artisans.If you want some wine go directly to the winery. Tipping is a common thing in restaurants and cafes and some of them include the service charge in the total score.
FAQs: Holiday Rentals & Lettings in Crete
You have chosen the most affordable region in Greece, at only£134.08 per night (2020 data).
Travellers who want to save as much as possible should travel to Crete in March, February, and December which are the months that offer the most discounts, with average prices of £99.05, £100.97, and £116.47 per night, respectively, based on data collected in 2020.
In 2020, the month that had the highest annual average in Crete was July, with an average price of £184.13 per night. This was followed by August, with an average of £179.7, and June, with £148.98.
To get to know Crete, it is not necessary to be very organised in advanced. It has a high annual average availability of 56%, which allows you to be more flexible.
The months when it's the easiest to find available accommodation in Crete are June (the average amount of properties that are available reached 67.5% of the total in 2020), May (67.2%), and October (60.4%).
The months with the lowest properties available in Crete are, in order, August, December and February, with respective average availability figures of 41.8%, 49%, and 50.4%, based on data collected in 2020.
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