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With its accessible and varied pleasures, Crete is a favorite of many. Drawn to the colonial charm of Mediterranean sea, Heraklion's pulsing nightlife, the glitz of Vai Beach, or the quiet expanse of the southern Crete, almost all visitors find something to love here. From the powdery white beaches of the Elafonisi to the vibrant coral reefs of the Plakias, the ocean is always calling for sailing, fishing, diving, swimming  and other water sports. Stray off the path a few miles, and you might glimpse a bit of the Crete of old, including old traditional works.

 Crete is an Ideal island for cycling, several teams organise the athletes preparation training the winter months, where the temperature is more than 15 degrees every day/average. For example today, 25th February 2016, the temperature is 19 degrees celsius. There are many cycling events cyclists could take part to. The tour of Crete is the most known cycling event, individual cyclists and groups register to cycle the Cretan roads more


Arriving On Flights to Crete

Tourists on flights to Crete will most likely land at Heraklion International Airport, Chania International Airport, or Sitia International Airport. Heraklion International Airport, located in Central Crete, is the most popular airport for those wishing to visit Crete's main  attractions, including Knossos Palace. This airport is home to vehicle rental companies and free shuttle rides to WaterParks  or to a number of hotels in the area. You also might be able to find cheap airfare to Crete's smaller domestic airports throughout the island. Heraklion car hire agencies, like www.athenscars.gr, do low rates and budget packages to hire a car.

 

Overview of Crete : Trust our advices of what you can do in a week time on Crete island!

 

Seaside: Bathe in warm sea waters at Elafonisi of south west Chania, or relax in the shade of the palm forest of Vai beach. Walk in deserted beaches, find your own private beach and spend your day quiet.

Inland: Talk to Cretan old people and children in any of the villages of Psiloritis mountain, feel the hospitality of Cretans and stop for a fresh juice to a traditional coffe shop- kafeneio!

Escape: Visit Anogia village and walk inland the mountainous villages, olive groves in Fodele and Banana groves in Arvi village, find fresh fruits oranges and mantarin in Chania region, walk in the fantastic phoenix trees of Vai Palm beach, walk through ancient Ruins of Minoan civilization at Knossos palace in Heraklion.

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Walk or Trek the fantastic Samaria Gorge at Chania region, find specious animals and plants during the direction as well as churches. Go for water skiing at any organized beach with blue flag, cycle with a biking team in the mountains of the island, through sunny and g=dusty areas.

 

Eat & Drink: You can taste fresh seafood mainly to any of southern Cretan villages, taste the grilled lamb at the mountainous villages as well as vegetarian food at every local Tavern, Cretan have a great tradition in vegetarian food, eat the fresh home made pies-where in every place on the island are different cooked. Eat Feta cheese and Myzithra cheese.

Nightlife: Loud and fun-fuelled Malia and Malia beach bars,  Hersonisos port and Hersonisos town bars, keep the party-hungry happy with all-night clubbing, drinking races and a karaoke overdose. Eat at a luxury VIP restaurant of Elounda or Hersonisos and taste Gourmet food at high standards.

Take Home-what to take with you.Fill your bags with Cretan olive oil,  Cretan wine, Cretan cheese,Tsikoudia- raki, Thyme honey, herbs and nuts at Heraklion Central Market. Find handcrafted leather boots, bags and blue pottery in Chania Agora Market center, and cavernous cellars stocking Greek wines in Archanes and Peza villages.

Prepare: Make sure you will have a pair of sunglasses ready to wear,  be patient to taste all Cretan diet food and wines.Crete YearCome to taste the fantastic Rethymnon carnival on February, visit the eastern part of Crete, Sitia, to find calmness and peace. Stay in a stone made house at Elia village of Chania and feel the smell of the environment and juices of life!

Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Epiphany (6 Jan), Orthodox Shrove Monday (Mar), Independence Day (25 Mar), Easter Monday (Mar-Apr), Labour Day (1 May), Pentecost (Jun), Assumption (15 Aug), Ochi Day (Greece entered WW2 in 1940 on 28 Oct), Christmas (25-26 Dec) and many other of Saint namedays that differ from place to place and village to village.Cretans are very Religious people.

Weather: Crete sizzles at temperatures of up to 43-46°C in July and mostly August, when partying picks up a pace and the busiest resorts. Come in winter time when temperatures hover around 15°C to see the mountains covered in snow and almond trees bloom. The island is carpeted with flowers in spring – expect highs of around 20-25°C.February and mid January months are very warm. Generally the weather is very mild in this part of Greece.

 
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