Crete is Greece’s largest island, located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. It's known for its natural wonders, which range from fertile plains and crystal-clear seas to craggy mountains and colourful wildflowers.

    Whether it’s Palm Beach in the south or Istro Beach in the northeast, Crete Island caters to water lovers with its golden sands, shading trees, and consistent surfing conditions. Take your time while you’re here – explore the archaeological ruins at the Palace of Knossos, wander the old-world streets in Chania, and visit a Greek taverna for traditional Cretan dakos.

    What to see & do in Crete

    Featured stories & fun stuff

    Useful information

    • 10 Things to Do in Crete When it Rains

      Even when it rains in Crete, there are many amazing activities and attractions to enjoy. The island dashes through the Aegean, Mediterranean and Libyan Seas on the southernmost end of Greece. Some parts of the island are almost as close to Africa as to Athens, so you can expect balmy temperatures and perfect beach conditions much of the time. But...

    neighbourhoods in Crete

    Why book with Hotels.com?

    Start planning your trip

    Also popular in Greece

    Travel alert

    COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

    Check restrictions for your trip.
    Back to top