- Crete Luxury holidays
The island of Crete is the largest in Greece and the fifth-largest in the Mediterranean as a whole, and is often regarded as one of the cradles of modern civilisation; its Minoan culture in around 2,700-1,400 BC is thought to have been quite advanced, until it vanished very quickly, perhaps due to the volcanic eruption on nearby Thera, known in the modern age as Santorini. Several successive empires have occupied Crete too, giving it an unusually rich history and heritage, and tourists have a unique chance to step back in time as they step on to its shores.
Step into Crete's culture
The Minoan era dominates many people's thoughts when it comes to Crete's history and heritage, and even people's perceptions of its modern culture too. Knossos and Phaistos are both found on the island, and the former is arguably the oldest city in Europe. To visit Knossos, head to Heraklion on the northern coast, while Phaistos is found in the central south of the island. There is also an archaeological museum in Heraklion where you can see many of the items and artefacts found during digs on Crete's Minoan sites, as well as learning more about the background of where they were found and the culture's overall history and legacy.
Crete's cuisine in a nutshell
Crete's classic cuisine is symbolic of the Mediterranean diet, with olive oil used in all cooking, only a small amount of red meat and weekly fish dishes, and more frequently cereals, fruits and vegetables, along with pulses and dairy products, all flavoured with local herbs.
When should I visit Crete?
Crete's climate varies from north to south, from a typical Mediterranean climate to more of a North African weather pattern, and this is typified by high temperatures all year round, and lots of sunshine. Head to the south coast if this is what you want, whereas further north, you will encounter higher humidity closer to the sea, with warm summers and mild winters. Snow is unlikely except at the tops of the mountains, and will not last long if it falls in lowland areas - with very few exceptions to this over the years - while the very hottest days of summer can reach over 40°C, so be prepared if you are heading to Crete in July or August.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Crete are all about doing what you want to do, when you want to do it. If you fancy champagne for breakfast, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want to watch the sun set over the water with a delicious Greek meal, they’ll make that happen too. Paying a little more for a luxury package is well worth it in Crete, and the level of pampering you receive is up to you. Crete offers the attentive, sophisticated level of service which is the hallmark of real luxury, and while you won’t have ski slopes or a tropical rainforest on your doorstep, you will have the very best that Crete has to offer, with warm, pristine beaches, incredible ruins, fabulous food, and the refined, meticulous attention to details that the people of Crete are known for.