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Sunbathe on white sands beneath ancient pine trees, walk through Europe’s longest gorge and explore hillside olive groves on Greece’s biggest island.

The narrow island of Crete, the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a landscape inscribed with ancient Minoan history stretching back thousands of years. Discover the captivating cities along the island’s northern shores and explore the white-sand beaches that line the south coast like a string of pearls. Check out historic Venetian architecture, discover archaeological relics and travel through pristine national parks that stretch from mountaintops to pink-sand beaches.

Crete’s biggest city, Heraklion, is a sprawling metropolis with a picturesque old town along its historic port. Find out about Crete’s fascinating heritage at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum or the Natural History Museum. Make your way west along the coastline to find the breathtaking historic towns of Rethymnon and Chania. With its Venetian mansions, labyrinthine alleys and beautiful waterfront, Chania is the ideal spot to unwind and enjoy some of the island’s fantastic dining.

Explore western Crete to find the rugged beauty of the White Mountains, a gleaming mountain range that towers over the townships of the south coast. Hike down the 10-mile (16-kilometer) trail that follows the deep ravine of Samaria Gorge and reach the charming fishing town of Agia Roumeli. Catch a boat to the neighboring town of Lissos to walk among ancient ruins dating back to the 4th century B.C.

At low tide stroll to Elafonisi island where the beach has a shoreline of pale pink quartz sand. Many Cretan beaches are equipped with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Rent a chair and relax with expansive Mediterranean Sea views.

As you travel between townships, you’ll see pretty hillside groves of olive and citrus trees. Stop at a roadside taverna to enjoy fresh local produce and Cretan specialty cheeses. Many restaurants offer a local brandy, raki, to be enjoyed after meals.

Reach Crete by flying into the major airports in Chania or Heraklion. Alternatively, catch a 9-hour ferry from Athens. The climate is warm and dry between mid-May to October, with a peak in tourism between July and August. Visit in spring to see a flourish of wildflowers across the mountainous landscape.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Crete?

A: If discovering the hidden gems around the region of Chania or elsewhere is your top priority this vacation, renting a car is a good move. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Crete, you can pick up the keys to a great set of wheels and journey around the countryside whenever you like. If you're planning to spend a large part of your time in the cities of Chania or Ierapetra, public transportation (or ride-sharing) is an excellent way of getting from A to B.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Crete?

A: While there are several airports in Crete, there's a good chance you'll be landing at one of these top international terminals:

  • Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis): 1,159 international flights per month.
  • Chania (CHQ-Ioannis Daskalogiannis): 274 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Crete?

A: Zip up your suitcase and enjoy a stay at one of the high-quality hotels. They're one of the most frequently booked accommodations. Apart-hotels, apartments and villas are also easy to find in Crete.

Q: What does a Crete vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: You can choose to map out every little detail of your upcoming getaway or let Expedia give you a helping hand with a great Crete vacation package. Hotels, flights and car rentals — we've got them covered. All that's left to do is work out the type of activities you'd like to try out.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Crete?

A: Our packages are a fantastic way to save money on your getaway. See the world for less when you combine your Flights, Hotels and even Car Rentals through Expedia. Now's the time to create some unforgettable memories.

Q: What are the best things to do in Crete?

A: You'll have plenty of choices — Gorge of Diktamou, Volos Shelter and Kalathas Beach are some you could start with. These frequently visited landmarks are located in Chania.

If your travel itinerary features Ierapetra instead, Kales Fortress, Museum of Cretan Ethnology and Koutsounari Long Beach are all fabulous choices.

Or, for some new experiences, discover the reason why Valley of the Dead, Sitia Archaeological Museum and Xerokambos Gorge are well-liked attractions for people traveling to Sitia.

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.ca from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.


Best Lodging Options Near Crete

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Kiani Beach Resort Family - All Inclusive CA $207
Reviewed on Nov. 3, 2019
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Kiani Beach Resort Family - All Inclusive

Kiani Beach Resort Family - All Inclusive

Kiani Akti, Chania, Crete Island
     
    4.2 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Lovely food good pools, beech on site, the only downside was the top shelf drinks you need to buy a VIP wristband at 10 euros per night

    Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare CA $204
    Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2019
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    Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare

    Iberostar Creta Panorama & Mare

    Panormos Beach, Lavris, Mylopotamos, Crete Island
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      A superb place for a family holiday. The staff are great and the Entertainment Team are outstanding. There was a decent choice of food, and plenty of it. The only let down, was the salt water pools. As the water evaporates, the salt doesn't. Leaving a really salty pool that stings your eyes.

      Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel CA $98
      Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020
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      Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel

      Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel

      11 Eleftherias square, Heraklion, Crete Island
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        A very good downtown hotel at an excellent price. It is very centrally located in the best spot in Heraklion and has a great cafe to enjoy a meal or a coffee. I stay there whenever I’m in town.

        Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only CA $285
        Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2019
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        Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

        Stella Island Luxury resort & Spa - Adults Only

        Analipsi, Analipsi, Hersonissos
           
          4.8 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great place to stay. Well maintained. Staff excellent, can't fault them. Would go again.

          Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel and Spa - Adults Only CA $118
          Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2019
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          Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel and Spa - Adults Only

          Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel and Spa - Adults Only

          Daidalou 9, Hersonissos, PC
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            very clean and welcoming hotel, close to the beach and a short walk along the front to town. Very good breakfast and a buffet dinner available. Helpful and polite staff. Would definitely use again

            Stella Palace Resort & Spa CA $272
            Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2020
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            Stella Palace Resort & Spa

            Stella Palace Resort & Spa

               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              We were a family of 3, and we were amazing! The food, the pools, the view from the room, Everything was sweet to us We highly recommend.

              Thalassa Boutique Hotel- Adults Only CA $246
              Reviewed on Jul. 6, 2020
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              Thalassa Boutique Hotel- Adults Only

              Thalassa Boutique Hotel- Adults Only

                 
                4.8 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Wonderful hotel, really friendly staff! We had a really pleasant time. Our rooms was superb - clean and great interior! We surely will be back.

                Villa Dimi Family Friendly , Near Sandy Beach Kalathas
                Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2019
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                Villa Dimi Family Friendly , Near Sandy Beach Kalathas

                Villa Dimi Family Friendly , Near Sandy Beach Kalathas

                Kalathas, Akrotiri, Chania, Crete,, Greece, Chania
                   
                  5.0 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Villa Dimi is a slice of heaven with a backyard oasis. There are endless areas in this home to relax alone and/or with your family. Our family of 8 had an absolute incredible stay in Crete. The home itself is about 25 minutes away from the center of Chania and less than 5 minutes from restaurants ...

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