Sophisticated resorts with luxury hotels
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and boasts golden sandy beaches, clear blue seas and as it's the most southernly island enjoys a long summer season.
Crete, the birthplace of the legendary Zeus has a diverse culture shaped by centuries of history including the Minoans, the first civilisation in Europe, followed by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Four mountain ranges, high enough to be snow-clad in winter, dominate the rolling foothills and broad coastal plains. There are a variety of resorts from the traditional small fishing villages to larger more cosmopolitan resorts.
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Crete has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool winters. The hottest month of July has average temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius and the in coldest month of January it averages 11 degrees. The wettest month in December with approximately 4 inches of rain.
Housing some of the most important archaeological discoveries from Crete, this museum is well worth a visit. The current building was constructed between 1933 and 1937 on the site of Venetian Franciscan Friary which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856.
Considered to be Europe’s oldest city, Knossos is said to have existed since 6000 BC. It’s also the site of first Minoan Palace which was built in 1900 BC. The city of Knossos had a population of 100,000 at its peak and existed to just before the Byzantine period. It was twice destroyed by earthquakes in 1600 and 1450 BC, but was re-built.
Crete’s first aquarium was opened in 1995 in Hersonissos. Most of the animals have been rescued or were injured before being taken care of by the aquarium staff. Its home to an abundance of local sea life and reptiles and hands on interaction is encouraged. It’s an ideal destination for the whole family.