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When you think about Crete holidays, powder-white soft sand, pristine waters and stunning sunsets spring to mind. After all, this Greek island (which is the biggest of them all) is home to a wealth of beautiful beaches where couples and families can soak up the Mediterranean sunshine. But there’s so much more to explore beyond the beaches. For a start, 4,000 years of civilisation have left behind world-class archaeological sites, and it’s well worth hiring a car to see them for yourself. When you’re not off hunting the minotaur, you can experience the warm hospitality and traditions of the locals, who’ll always be able to offer you some insider tips; just ask them about the island’s best beaches and the most picturesque villages.

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Beyond the island’s glorious beaches, holidays to Crete will take you to some of the oldest and most beautifully preserved remains of the ancient Greek world. It’s well worth taking a trip to Phasios, where you’ll discover an archaeological site dating back to the Bronze Age. For a taste of the island’s ‘hippie history’, take a stroll around the cave homes carved into Matala Beach’s towering rocks before heading underwater to explore the Roman ruins beneath the surface. All this exploring will surely make you hungry, so when you’re ready, join the locals in the seafront tavernas; you’ll be welcomed with a glass (or two) of ice-cold raki.

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11-40 ℃

A Mediterranean climate means warm summers and mild winters.

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Heraklion Airport (HER) and Crete Chania Airport (CHQ).

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