Luxury Holidays in Crete
Arrive on Crete and you will be stepping into a land where myth and ancient history have merged into one; evidence of which is everywhere much like the rest of Greece. With delicious cuisine, sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and opportunities to explore the island’s mountains, gorges and coastline safe in the knowledge your luxury Greek villa is never far away, where you can return to indulge in local delicacies and relax by the pool.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and one of the most diverse and intriguing. With a remarkable history from the Minoans and Romans to German invasions and Greek gods the island has lots of history to explore.
Crete consists of four regions that each have their own offering for every visitor. On the western side of the island is Chania, dominated by the White Mountains Protected Forest, from the peaks to the beaches you could easily spend your whole holiday in this one area. Chania’s next door neighbour is Rethymno, the smallest region crammed with legendary caves, historic monasteries, more magnificent peaks and perfect beaches. Next we move into Heraklion, the largest and most densely populated region. Nestled between two mountain ranges, Herklion has a diverse landscape with picturesque villages, olive groves, vineyards, vast valleys and large towns along the coastline. Finishing touches to the island are provided by the region of Lasithi on the eastern end; home to the mysterious palm tree forest, windmills, and a mix of small cove beaches and clear blue water lapping up the long golden sands.
Locals produce and drink Tsikoudia (locally called Raki), made from left over distilled wine, its strength and taste varies from maker to maker. It normally accompanies meze dishes or desserts and is given as a “goodbye gift” in most tavernas and establishments. If you find one you particularly like you can ask them if you can purchase some to take with you.
There are many festivals across the island and joining in is a great way to get a feel for life on the island, with music, dancing and lots of wonderful Greek dishes to try such as barbecued meat, dolmades (stuffed leaves) and salad.
The island is covered in olive trees, and nestled in between are many bee hives producing delicious honey. Served over freshly made thick creamy yoghurt is how many Cretans enjoy this delicacy and is often served as dessert, if it is not on the menu just ask. Feta is one of the many cheeses produced on the island and should definitely be tried. Don’t be surprised to find snails featuring on many menus, alongside traditional roasted mountain goat and lamb alongside souvlaki, which are skewers of pork, lamb, chicken or fish.