Crete travel advice from the Crete travel experts kreta.com:
Crete is the southernmost and largest Greek island with mild winter temperatures and not too hot summer months. Picturesque harbour towns and 7 historic cities like Kastelli-Kissamos, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion, Sitia, Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra. All influenced and shaped by conquerors. Crete's high mountains are covered with snow until June, while the temperatures on the south coast can climb to 30 degrees. The majestic mountains are an ever-present backdrop of the coasts.
Crete Climate: From February to June, Crete is a ocean of flowers. The temperatures in July-August very rarely climb above 33 degrees, the temperatures in September & October are 25-28 degrees. November at 18-22 degrees, December-February at 12-18 degrees. March, April - early May at 18-22 degrees. From mid-May to June about 28 degrees. The season for swimming in Crete begins from the 2nd week of May. The water temperature is then around 22 degrees. The climate for September, October, November, from February 20th, March, April and May is very pleasant for hiking and mountain biking.
Tourism on Crete: There are no high buildings on Crete, the most of the Hotel-Complexes have been adapted to the topography of the landscape. No other Greek island has such a various range selection of hotels and apartments like Crete. With our hotel and apartment selection assorted by regions we would like to help you to find the perfect place, perfect hotel, apartment and holiday home on Crete. In our assortment you will find the accommodation suiting your demands and your personal preferences.
For modern-day explorers we recommend our arrangements as rental car tours in Crete, the best way to explore the Island of Crete. As Crete is one of the most huge Islands of Europe a change of accommodation will be really helpful, to avoid long journey ways to the main attractions.
Bathing in Crete: It is impressive to swim on Crete's beaches with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The high mountains of Crete reach up to 2456 meters. No matter where you bathe on Crete, you will be accompanied by these majestic mountains . There are sandy beaches all over Crete, as well as the popular turquoise-blue gravel bathing bays.
Crete's seawater quality: Most of the gravel and sandy beaches have been awarded with the Blue Flag for the best seawater quality. There is no industry on the Island of Crete that could affect water quality. Our selected accommodations from Kreta.com are all located in the most beautiful regions of Crete with the best bathing quality. The sea can also be reached from all rural hotels in a maximum of 30 minutes.
Crete - landscape: Beautiful bays, deep gorges and fertile plateaus between massive mountain ranges characterize the landscape of Crete. Renewable energies like solar parks and wind turbines are now also a big topic in Crete. Feel comfortable in the particularly beautiful villages in small country resorts: Zaros, Koutsounari, Xerokambos and in the oldest wine-growing village of Archanes.
Western Crete: you will be inspired by the most iconic natural landscapes with the picturesque nature reserves and the good vibrations of the old town of Chania. the picturesque village Vouves with the oldest Olive-Tree, Vamos, Apokoronas, Magnesia near Rethymnon, Kapsaliana, Aptera and Spilia. Nature lovers, hikers and culture lovers will feel very comfortable in this truly spectacular landscape of Crete. In western Crete the tourism is rather moderate, there are also the most beautiful and largest nature reserves like the lagoon Balos and the lagoon Elafonissi, Samaria Gorge, Agia Irini Gorge and other countless gorges and plateaus.
Hotels on the west coast and south coast are adapted to the landscape. Where to stay in Western Crete: Coastal Villages with small harbours: Kastelli-Kissamos, Kolimbari, Agia Marina, Platanias, Kalives, Almirida, Gerani –Chania, Georgioupolis.
The South-Coast of Crete is least populated, the jagged mountain ranges drop into the sea, small, lonely bays popular with nature lovers. The greatly favoured South-Coast Villages on Crete are: Paleochora, Plakias, Frangokastello, Agia Galini, Matala, Xerokampos, Lentas.
East Coast of Crete The Main-Tourism of Crete is concentrated on the East Coast, the capital Heraklion with the important archaeological museum and the Minoan sites. The archaeological museum of the Capital is one of the most important of Europe.
Holidays on Crete in Holiday-Resorts: At the East Coast around the capital Heraklion e.g. In the holiday resorts of Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Amoudara, Kokini Hani, Gouves, Agia Pelagia are the most popular tourist regions on Crete with the wide range of all-inclusive-holiday resorts. Most of these holiday resorts are in an ideal location for city visits and shopping, they are often close to bus services. Places to see and to stay in Eastern Crete: The naturally grown places with their small harbours, a very nice ambience and a good infrastructure, are the picturesque coastal locations Agios Nikolaos, Istron, Elounda, Plaka, Sitia and Palekastro.
There are no poisonous animals on the island of Crete. Ointments protect against mosquitoes, wasps and bees. There are health centres and private hospitals on the northwest and east coast where you can get good medical care. At the South Coast there are health centres in built-up areas.
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