Crete Holidays – find the cheapest deals at Holidayguru.ie
Greece has always been a popular choice for Irish holidaymakers, but it’s the Greek islands in particular that seem to have that certain magic about them. Beautiful beaches, historic towns and stunning sunsets have got many a person daydreaming! If you’ve been craving a slice of that Greek island life, you’re in the right place. This is the page where I share all of my cheap Crete holidays that I come across – be sure to keep checking back often to stay up-to-date with the latest offers I come across!
Flights from Ireland to Crete
When it comes to planning a holiday to Crete, there are plenty of cheap flights to Crete from Ireland. There are two main airports in Crete that you can fly to from Ireland, both situated on the north coast. To the west is Crete Chania, served by direct Ryanair flights from Dublin. This tends to be the cheapest option to go for when looking for flights to Crete from Ireland, so if you’re wanting to keep costs low this tends to be the airport people go for. The other alternative is Crete Heraklion, served by seasonal chartered flights from TUI. It tends to be cheaper to book these as part of a complete holiday package to Crete with your hotel included with it.
Both of these airports are well-connected to popular resorts along the north coast, so it won’t take you long to reach your hotel or apartment once you’ve landed! In case you want to look for your own flights to Crete, I’d recommend having a look at my Flight Finder tool where you can put in your exact dates you need for your holiday!
All inclusive holidays to Crete
Whether you’re looking for a week of pure luxury or simply want a family holiday without all the hassle, Crete is a very popular choice when it comes to all-inclusive holidays to Greece. There are countless resorts, ranging from high-end 5* resorts with gorgeous pools and super sleek spa facilities to lively family-oriented resorts with plenty to keep the little ones happy. If you’re looking to go all-inclusive on a smaller budget, I can definitely recommend looking at the Chania airport, where resorts and hotels tend to fetch very reasonable prices. And if it’s luxury you want, Heraklion is the airport to fly to.
Family holidays in Crete
Gorgeous weather and child-friendly beaches make Crete one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe. Whether you decide to self-cater or indulge in some all-inclusive treatment, you can be sure that both young and old will have the holiday of a lifetime here. Loads of beaches here in Crete offer gentle slopes and shallow waters. The beaches of Elafonissi, Plakias, Vai, Balos and Falassarna are all fantastic examples of beaches that are just perfect for little ones – the busier beaches will always have plenty of facilities and amenities on offer as well.
Families will love exploring the historic sites and ruins that are dotted about the island as well. Tell the kids about the legend of the Minotaur and the labyrinth as you explore the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, or admire the mighty Venetian fortress on the island of Spinalonga. After a busy day of sightseeing, you can sit down at a gorgeous restaurant by the seaside and get stuck into some mouthwatering Greek cuisine. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Where to stay in Crete
Crete is the largest island in Greece, so if it’s your first time going it might be a bit different to figure out where to stay in Crete. To help you make up your mind, here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular destinations in Crete.
There’s plenty of things to do in Chania, a gorgeous historic town in the north-west of Crete. Its main draw is the beautiful Venetian harbour, which features beautiful townhouses overlooking the water and old lighthouses and walls guarding its entrance. Admire the many historic finds at the Archaeological Museum, or soak up some cool views of the old town from the remains of the Schiavo bastion. Those of you looking to soak up some rays are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. With views of crystal-clear waters and beautiful hills, you’ll be head over heels in love. Platanias is the busiest beach in the area, where you’ll also find plenty of beach bars to enjoy a few drinks at. But for that proper “wow” factor, head to Loutro, Seitan Limania and Elafonisi.
Another large town with an idyllic harbour, Heraklion is an absolutely beauty that epitomises everything we love about Greece. From the winding streets and terracotta roofed houses to pretty terraces at every turn, you’ll love the laid-back atmosphere. Heraklion also has its own Venetian harbour – both Chania and Heraklion were part of the Venetian Empire at some state. Much like Chania, you’ll find beautiful architecture and fortifications which stand testament to these cities’ rich history. Kouless Fortress is an imposing structure which has stood guard over the port for over 500 years. History buffs will love exploring the ruins of the ancient palace of Knossos which according to legend housed the labyrinth and the minotaur of the famous Ancient Greek myth. Kids will love getting up close with marine life at the Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos, a huge aquarium which showcases dozens of species native to the Mediterranean.
The third-largest town in Crete is another popular draw with visitors who want all of the history or sightseeing but without too much of the hustle and bustle. Out towards the east you’ll find endless stretches of beaches – keep your eyes peeled for turtles, who return each summer to lay their eggs in the sand. The historic architecture here is a little rough around the edges, but I feel it only adds to the overall charm of the area. As well as the Venetian influences in the harbour, you’ll come across old mosques and minarets – they’re remnants of the Turkish influence that used to be present here a long time ago. In fact one of the old mosques has even been converted into a paleontological museum. Within the walls of the Venetian Fortezza, you’ll find a beautiful amphitheatre, where natural shade is given by the pine trees growing all around it. Visit during the summer and you’ll come across loads of open-air events taking place here.
Malia is Crete’s prime nightlife hotspot, with plenty of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. But there’s so much more to Malia than just boozing! Its historic centre is filled with Venetian and Byzantine influences, with buildings sometimes covered in beautiful bougainvillea flowers. Families will love the wide range of water sports and activities on offer over at Glozanie Beach. Malia is also a popular starting point for so-called “safari” tours which bring you to the nearby mountains. For those of you wanting a change from the beaches these are an absolutely brilliant day out. There are some truly stunning gorges and there’s plenty of hiking and cycling you could do in the area as well, in case you wanted to stay active on your holiday.
Situated an hour east of Herklion is this absolute gem – and there are plenty of things to do in Agios Nikolaos. The town is spread across three hills which offer stunning views, and in the centre of town you’ll find a small lagoon, Lake Voulismeni. There’s plenty of lovely restaurants by the waterfront here, plus there’s some great shopping opportunities – perfect for getting a souvenir for the folks back home. Towards the north in Elounda, you’ll find countless luxury hotels, so if you’re wanting to book an all-inclusive holiday in Crete with that extra special touch, this is a good place to go.
A popular and busy holiday resort, Hernosissos is perfect for anyone looking to have a bit of fun or bring the family along for a week in the sun. There’s loads of nightlife and bars here, but you’ll find loads of attractions to keep kids entertained. The Acqua Plus Waterpark and the Sar Beach Waterpark are sure to be hits, and you can learn more about traditional ways of life at the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum. You can even try some local foods on offer – and you might even get invited to help tread some grapes for the wine! Those of you looking for a bit more of an adventure should head on a trip to the Cave of Zeus. According to Ancient Greek mythology this is where the king of the gods was hidden away from Kronos – the stalagmites inside are incredible.
Book your holiday to Crete
This is just a small introduction to the island, but you can see why Crete is one of the best sun holiday destinations in Europe. If you’re planning a holiday to Crete, be sure to keep checking back often to stay up to date with the latest deals! I’m always on the look out for cheap breaks and all inclusive holidays to Crete as well as cheap flights to Crete from Ireland. I’m certain you’ll find your dream Greek escape here!