Crete is the largest island in Greece and the Southernmost landmass in Europe, being some 150 miles off the African coast and therefore enjoying year round sunshine. This icon shows you what the weather is like there right now... Click for Souda, Greece Forecast

As with the rest of Greece, Crete has used the Euro currency since 2002 and as all mainland Europe, drive on the right. English is widely spoken but a few Greek phrases will get you a long way with the friendly locals.

At a mere 4 hours flying from major UK airports, you can be in Crete in an afternoon between April and October, routing via Athens during the rest of the year, with flights into our local airport at Chania up to a dozen times a day. We are then 40 minutes easy drive from the airport, with no need to test your driving skills in any busy towns on the way.

Crete has kept to the traditional way of Greek life, and our part of the island remains quiet and unspoilt. Do you remember when the attendant at your local filling station used to pump your petrol for you? Here they still do!

The nearby seaside villages provide a variety of tavernas and nightlife, with gently shelving sandy beaches for all the family. Nearby Almerida offers water sports including sailing, wind surfing, scuba diving and canoeing and there is horse riding at Georgioupolis just 20 minutes drive east. Less than an hours drive west is a spectacular water park, if the pool and beaches are not enough for the kids!

map of crete

The island is over 150 miles long, with a considerable variety of different landscapes to explore - from rocky mountain gorges (Samaria is the longest in Europe and can be walked as part of an organised tour) to deserted sandy beaches, with everything in between.

There are numerous Cretan web sites, but rather than listing pages and pages of links, here are just a couple that we hope you will find interesting:

General information on western Crete

Wikipedia on Crete