The fifth largest island in the Mediterranean is the Greek island of Crete. A holiday on Crete is one of the most popular destinations in Greece.
If you are on holiday in Crete, you will find everything your heart desires: beautiful beaches, impressive landscapes, small villages and lively towns. The tourist infrastructure is excellently developed, the ideal place for relaxation and action.
Holiday on Crete – Tips
Travel information for Crete
In the main season, numerous charter flights connect the island with the mainland.
There are several airports on the island: Iráklion, Chaniá and Sitía. The island’s capital airport, Iráklion, is popular with charter planes.
Car ferries operate between Piraeus and the Greek island. Those who wish to travel with their own boat will find plenty of mooring options in harbours and bays.
On the way in …
Road conditions on Crete are very variable. You should keep well within the speed limits, often these are a sign of unexpected potholes or poor road surfaces on bends.
Herds of sheep and goats can also stand quite abruptly on the road. Road signs are in Greek and usually also in Latin script.
Cretans tend to drive “riskily” and like to honk their horns to attract attention.
There are car rental companies in almost every holiday resort, with quite different offers and qualities.
Buses run all over the island. Tickets are available at the bus stations or from the driver.
Best time to travel
Crete is located in the southern Mediterranean. It enjoys almost 300 days of sunshine a year.
Crete can be roughly divided into two different climatic regions, which are separated by the mountain range in the centre of the country. The north is influenced by European weather conditions and the south by African weather conditions.
Summers are hot and dry. The highest temperatures are on the south coast. In winter it is rather mild, there is a lot of rain and it even snows on the high plateaus.