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Airport Information: Crete International Airport, Heraklion International Airport, Nikos Kazantzakis HER. The airport is located 5km (3 miles) east of the city of Heraklion.
Airport Transfers: From Airport to Heraklion and beyond. Taxi's are available outside the arrivals hall, they provide a quick and efficient service but it is advisable to agree the price with the driver before the journey. Alternatively local buses leave from the airport every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening from Monday to Saturday and less frequently on Sundays.
General Transport: Car hire is cheap on the island and there is a good and reliable bus service.
Crete. The Greek Island Holiday Guide: Crete is by far the largest of the Greek islands and has two airports, Heraklion for central and eastern Crete and Chania for the less developed west. This rugged awe-inspiring island offers something for all tastes, whether it be the larger resorts such as Malia where you can party into the small hours, or in just less than an hour's drive from the main holiday resorts you can be in the isolated mountain regions where life has changed little in the past 50 years.
Resorts in Crete: The largest resorts can be found on the north coast and to the east of the capital Heraklion. Malia is the main clubbing resort. Hersonissos is the closest resort to Heraklion and offers plenty of nightlife. Stalis is also lively but more traditional. Aghios Nikolaos is probably the prettiest town in Crete with its large lagoon fringed by many bars, restaurants and shops.
Crete's Beaches: Crete is famous for its golden sands. Rethymnon is a lovely resort with four miles of sand and plenty of watersports. Malia also offers one of the best beaches on the island as well as being famous for its nightlife.
Sightseeing in Crete: Crete has more extensive archaeological remains than any other Greek island. The best-known is the Minoan palace on Knossos, just outside Heraklion.
Shopping in Crete: For shopping Heraklion is a must as one of the largest cities in Greece where like Athens, you can shop till you drop. For bargains check out the central market on a Saturday. Chania, the gorgeous capital can be found in the west of the island and is best known for its leather goods and a beautiful harbour. With strong Venetian and Turkish influences it has a large number of traditional restaurants.
Local Customs: Dress modestly when visiting monuments and religious buildings.
Eating out in Crete: All Greek islands are famous for moussaka, greek salad and fried cheese. Baklava is a sticky pastry dessert covered in nuts. Wash it down with some local retsina or Metaxa brandy. If you have a strong stomach try the local raki.
The best time to visit Crete: Crete is one of the sunniest destination in Europe with hot dry summers with up to 12 hours' sunshine a day. The most popular times to visit are between April and mid-October. Temperatures from June to September can become oppressively hot with high humidity. Heatwaves are common during July and August when temperatures soar to over 104°F (40ºC).
One of the best and more comfortable times to visit Crete is in late spring and early summer, or visit in autumn when the weather is not too hot and most of the summer tourists have left for the season, from mid September onwards the beaches and ancient sites are relatively uncrowded and are cheaper and easier to find. Towns and Resorts: The largest resorts can be found on the north coast and to the east of the capital Heraklion: Heraklion is known as a major archaeological museum in its own right, it also has trendy shops, bars and cafes. Malia: is the main holiday clubbing resort and is ideal for the younger set. Chania: The resort of Chania has much of the Venetian part of its history intact, with lots of history to discover along with exquisite and luxury Venetian Villas, many of which are converted into hotels. Stroll down to the Venetian Harbor area and discover narrow pedestrian streets lined with shops and restaurants.
Hersonissos: is the closest resort to Heraklion and offers plenty of nightlife. Stalis: is also lively but more traditional. Aghios Nikolaos: is probably the prettiest town in Crete with its large lagoon fringed by many trendy bars, restaurants and shops. Sitia: The town of Sitia has a quieter feel, though still has much of interest in its Fortezza, beach, unique cafes and many hotels on offer.
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Major gateways: Athens International Airport, Spata (ATH). Thessaloniki Makedonia (SKG). Rhodes (RHO). Corfu (CFU). Heraklion, Crete (HER).
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