Guide to a Relaxing Holiday in Crete

July, 14 2021 ( Updated August, 25 2021)


With unbeatable hospitality and swimming waters at every step of the way, it is not hard to have a relaxing vacation in Crete. Now add the extremely rich mythological and cultural history of the island to that and you will have the perfect recipe for a wholesome vacation.

Crete’s crystalline waters, laid-back tavernas and highly affordable culinary scene are some of the ways of having an indulgent holiday here. And below, we are listing down the best places and ways to do exactly that.

So, continue reading to know how and where to have the most relaxing vacation in Crete!

Which beaches?

Crete has many little islands surrounding it, out of which Elafonisi offers purple-pink sands, refreshing drinks and undoubtedly, the clearest waters of the Aegean Sea. This beach is full of cafes, restaurants and bars, and it certainly qualifies for a romantic evening with your loved one.

But if you do not want to go too far from the main cities of Crete, then make your way to the swimming coves of the Seitan Limania beach near Chania. Cannonball into the bluest waters and soak up all the soothing Mediterranean air and sun.

Eat, Eat and Eat

Greece’s remarkable food variety and generous portions are a must if you want to have a truly relaxing vacation. Try the Cretan cheese, Kalitsounia, or Dakos made from sheep’s cheese and topped with delicious Greek olive oil.

And if you are looking to do something really unique, then go for wine-tasting tours that offer up to 15 wines or for a traditional cooking class where they’ll teach you to make your very own dakos!

Explore the off-beat

It’s certain that Chania and Heraklion, two of the main cities on the island, would be on your must-see list. But Crete is also home to tons of peaceful villages that will transport you to old Greece. 

One of these is Loutro, an authentic fishing village that can be reached via road or mountain. But if Greek mythology and classical literature intrigue you more, then make a stop at Sissi, a fishing village where the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis are believed to have been born! Fortunately, this village is quite laid back and also has a beach.

A good dose of history around the capital of Crete, Heraklion

Be it mythological or actual, Crete’s history is rich. Starting from the Bronze age to the early 19th Century, this magnificent island has a lot to offer.

Knossos Palace near Heraklion is a fascinating archaeological site from Minoan civilization that still consists of frescoes, baths and a stone throne. This 22,000-metres-square complex is unmissable if you want to experience the real Crete.

Hop on to one of the frequent and very accessible boat rides from Agios Nikolaos (half an hour drive from Heraklion) and visit Spinalonga fort in Elounda gulf. A former leper colony, this little islet’s hilltop fort and history of the Ottoman, Arab and Venetian Empires will interest you to no end.

Crete’s mythological history is also well-preserved at the Zeus Caves that are thought to be the birthplace of this Greek god. These caves, which are an hour's drive from Heraklion, are a wonder of the amazing natural terrain of Crete.

Take in the vibrant cities: Chania and Rethymnon

Chania’s refreshing beauty is great for an easy-going afternoon or evening. Its colourful Venetian harbour with the old lighthouse, super clean beaches and of course, the Agora Marketplace — where plenty of freshly picked and mouth-watering figs are available —make for a culturally rich and relaxing experience.

However, if you are looking for less touristy crowds and an even more authentic experience, then the charming city of Rethymnon is just an hour’s drive from Chania. Here, explore the historic cobbled streets of the old town, chat up with amazingly friendly locals, visit the beautiful Fortezza and stop for a chilled frappè at one of Rethymnon’s adorable cafes to beat the sun. 

So, want to book your very own relaxing vacation in Crete? Have a look at our delightful holiday homes located all over the island.


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