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crete greece

Crete, the most southerly large island in the Mediterranean, is renowned for its rich history, crystal clear beaches, traditional villages and dramatic landscape.

For Greeks, Crete is the unrivalled culinary capital. Legendary for the exquisite quality of olive oil, fresh produce and hearty cuisine, this the perfect place to celebrate life.

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On an exclusive patch of the coastline in the northeast region of Crete, Elounda encompasses a breathtaking landscape that combines towering palm trees with fragrant citrus groves. Nearby archaeological sites offer afternoons of exploration among ancient Minoan ruins, while secluded beaches and mountain plateaus provide exquisite immersion into the essence of these timeless natural environs.

Other featured destinations in Greece

  • Attica - an hour from the Acropolis in Athens, Cape Sounio Resort is set on a pretty beach overlooking the ancient Temple of Poseidon.
  • Corfu - selection of stunning villas, available with visiting yoga teachers, personal trainers, massage therapists etc. for the perfect 'healthy villa holiday.
  • Halkidiki - stay at Danai Beach Resort with its excellent spa and lots of activities.  Or try the hip and funky, great value, Ekies All Senses Resort.
  • Mykonos - the famously cosmopolitan jet-set island and home to the excellent Mykonos Grand.  Great for couples.
  • Santorini - the prettiest and most famous of the Cycladic islands.  Stay at Vedema and explore.
  • Zakynthos - for the luxurious Porto Zante private villa and spa experience.  Just 6 exceptional villas to enjoy at this boutique resort.

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Weather and seasons

The climate in Crete is warm and sunny for most of the year with the risk of the odd shower and some cooler periods over the winter.  From April/May onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By mid/end of May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot.  Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time.  May and October are particularly pleasurable months.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  4 hours
  • Currency:  Euro
  • Language:  Greek
  • Visa requirements:  Not applicable for EU citizens
  • Time difference:  GMT +1
elounda bay palace

elounda bay palace

crete, greece    7 nights half board from £795

Elounda Bay Palace, a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', has an idyllic sea front setting and two white sandy beaches, and is an excellent choice for familes.

elounda gulf villas and suites

elounda gulf villas and suites

crete, greece    7 nights from £875

The Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites offers elegant luxury accommodation, refined dining experience in 2 restaurants, spa services and sheer relaxation in a privileged private location.



crete, greece    7 nights from £915

Designed like a Cretan palace, Amirandes is 5 star luxurious beach resort on the east coast that's perfect for both couples and families. A fabulous resort located in an exclusive, spectacular and private setting.

porto elounda golf and spa

porto elounda golf and spa

crete, greece    7 nights from £980

Porto Elounda is classed as a Deluxe Resort, with many of the facilities on-site making it a good choice for families. The hotel's beach location is nothing short of glorious with stunning views over Mirabello Bay.

daios cove

daios cove

crete, greece    7 nights from £995

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is perfect for beach-lovers as it is located on the seafront and overlooks its own private beach a firm favourite with families. Reminiscent of a Cretan village, the resort is a collection of buildings spread out along a hillside, yet is contemporary and luxurious.

blue palace resort and spa

blue palace resort and spa

crete, greece    7 nights from £1,395

The Blue Palace is nestled into the hillside and from each level there are beautiful views over the sea, the islands and the unspoilt natural surroundings as the hotel gently terraces down to the beach. Relax in the superb Thalassotherapy spa, play tennis, enjoy a multitude of watersports or explore the coast by boat.