‘Spectacular’ island is ‘one to watch’ – with deals from £300 | Travel News | Travel

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and is known for its crystal clear, turquoise waters, beautifully rugged landscape and ancient ruins. These stunning elements are perhaps why experts from ABTA have described the island destination as “spectacular” and placed it on their destination-to-watch list for the coming year.

While holidaymakers flock to Crete for a beach holiday, there is so much more to enjoy on the island than sun, sea and sand. The historic sites and world-class museums are great for history buffs looking to soak up some culture, meanwhile, the unique landscape offers some great hiking trails with impressive views.

Crete is fairly mild in the winter months, with average temperatures of 11C in the coldest month of January, according to TUI, however, summer is really when this island is at its best. In June average temperatures sit at 25C, and average highs can reach 29C. Once July, the hottest month of the year rolls around, the thermometer can soar to 32C.

The holiday hotspot is also easily reached from the UK, with an average flight time of roughly four hours. The destination is served by direct flights from a number of providers including British Airways, easyJet, TUI, Jet2 and Ryanair. As well as flights, you can also snap up plenty of package holidays to the Greek islands too.

Just a quick search shows that some of the best prices on package holidays in the next 12 months start as little as £300.

Express.co.uk has rounded up some of the best holiday deals on offer to Crete below. Alternatively, if you know you want to travel with a specific provider, you can see our full guide to the latest British Airways deals here, search the latest Jet2 and Jet2holidays sale here or scoop up savings in the latest TUI deal by reading our top picks here.

There are two main airports in Crete, Chania located towards the west side of the islands and Heraklion which is slightly more central. Chania, though an international airport, is better suited to holidaymakers staying in resorts such as Elafonisi Beach, Balos Lagoon and Samaria Gorge. Heraklion, meanwhile, serves all destinations in Crete equally by distance.

Those on Greek island hopping destinations can also reach Crete by ferry. Ferries arrive and depart for Athens from Chania while ferries departing for Athens and Santorini leave from Heraklion.

There is plenty to keep you occupied on the island. According to the experts from ABTA: “Crete, is home to spectacular scenery and is a paradise for nature lovers and hikers. A must see is the palace of Knossos, an unforgettable reminder of the island’s rich history.”

Knossos, located close to Heraklion airport, is a Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete which was a major metre of the Minoan civilisation. The site is known for its association with the Greek myth of Theseus and the minotaur.

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