Crete: perfect destination for relax and culture
If you are looking for the perfect combination of history and relax, Crete is the perfect destination for you. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, it is one of the fifth largest islands. You will swim in clear and clean water, eat traditional Greek food and discover a bit of Greek culture. We are not surprised at all that our American customers’ favorite destination is Heraklion, its main city. Its strategic location gives you the change of reaching not only the most beautiful beaches with a clear turquoise blue sea but also archeological places belonging to Greek ancient past.
If you come outside Europe, Crete could be an expensive and complicated destination. For this reason, we want you to pay as less as possible and optimize your budget. Hence, we suggest you book combined flights, which means you visit one or two cities before flying to Crete while paying less for your ticket. Multi city flights are the best options because not only you get the change of visiting different places, but also you get to your final destination much more relaxed. It is quite a long way to go, so take your time and enjoy your holidays!
The best deal to reach Crete
The best and also cheapest way to get to Crete is to fly to Heraklion. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights. Moreover, airlines sometimes may charge you quite a lot to book a ticket for this destination. For this reason, we did some research and found out that tickets from the US to this Greek island can cost you more than $1,300. This amount of money could be the reason why you would dismiss this option for your next holidays, couldn’t be?
On our web we offer you discounted combined tickets starting from $880 per person. This is approximately more than $400 saving, compared to other flight search engines. Here you have a great example of combined flights.
What better than leaving New York in the afternoon and waking up in Paris the day after? You could spend a couple of days in the French capital and fly to Crete afterward. Once you are in Heraklion, you should enjoy a whole week to visit archeological sights, magnificent landscape, and astonishing beaches. Due to its dimension, we strongly recommend you to spend at least seven days, as it is a big island and has plenty of surprises to discover. According to the combined flights that we have selected for you as an example, the way back deserves a stop in Athens. As you know, it is not only the capital of Greece but also one of the oldest cities ever built.
Top 5 must see places in Crete
How to get: Knossos is going to be your first stop once you get to Heraklion. This is one of the most famous archeological sites of the entire Greece. It dates back 1,900 B.C. and its history is strictly related to thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur.
Miles from Chania: 3 miles / 5 km
How to get: this beach will drive you crazy. Once you get to Kaliviani from Chania, you will drive 5 miles along a difficult unpaved road, which will oblige you to go very slowly until you reach the parking lot. Leave your car and follow the trail down. The view is simply astonishing.
Miles from Chania: 33 miles / 53 km
How to get: Unlike Balos and Seitan Limania, reaching this beach is quite easy. In fact, you will not need to drive on unpaved toad. Moreover, it will take you 1-hour drive, and you will enjoy its clear turquoise blue sea. It is easy to park as well. Don’t miss it!
Miles from Chania: 33 miles / 53 km
Seitan Limania beach
How to get: spectacular remote beach 45 minutes away from Chania village by car. You will descend a hill for a mile until you reach a parking lot. You will get to park your car and keep on going down the rocks on foot for 10 minutes until you reach this secluded beach.
Miles from Chania: 14 miles / 22 km
How to get: Elafonisi is a small islet that is easy to reach on foot thanks to its shallow water. It is the farthest beach that we suggest you, but it is worth a full day visit for sure. You will be amazed by its clean and fresh water. Take your time and relax!
Miles from Chania: 46 miles / 75 km
Photo credit: www.visitgreece.gr
Now we would like to give you some handy advice once you there. As we said before, Crete is quite a big island. Consequently, you have to prioritize and optimize your time.
We suggest you rent a car in advance as prices may be higher once you have reached the island. You will get your car from Heraklion airport, as you will land and depart from there. If you have only one week, it is impossible to go around the whole island. In fact, you would spend your holidays driving and losing time. On the contrary, we recommend you focus on the western part of Crete as it is an area full of interesting places to reach and explore easily.
If you book hotel and flight at the same time, we offer great deals on beautiful hotels optimizing, even more, your budget. We strongly advise you to stay in Chania, one of the most charming villages of the island. It is located in the western part of Crete, approximately 99 miles from Heraklion. We would say that Chania is the perfect location as you will be able to reach amazing beaches. Apart from that, this small village gathers people from all over the world for its architecture, history and excellent food. You will enjoy wandering around its narrows streets and admiring its handcraft product shops. Do not forget to have a stroll at the Venetian port at night and smell the fresh air coming from the sea.
Now that we have shown you the advantages of combined flights for Crete, are you going to miss this great opportunity to mix three different cities in the same holidays and at a competitive price?