Crete 2022: why go there on holiday?
Fancy a trip to Crete as a family or a couple? Crete is a Greek island that is not only popular with tourists during the summer holidays for its beaches, but all year round. Due to its ideal location, between southern Europe (southern Greece, to be exact) and northern Africa, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Crete offers many advantages for holidaymakers to discover: from the paradisiacal beach to the archaeological museum, passing by the typical village, your trip will be magical.
Which village to visit in Crete?
Starting with a warm climate and an azure blue sky all year round. Crete is also an island with dream beaches, turquoise waters and fine sand. Seitan Limania, Elafonisi, Balos Beach, Loutro... The island of Crete is also a Mecca of Greek mythology, starting with the Palace of Knossos, home of the famous Minotaur locked in the labyrinth of Icarus and Daedalus, in which King Minos sent young men and women to be devoured, before Theseus killed him of course. How can we not also mention Mount Ida, famous for its hikes today, but where Zeux was born...
Crete is also a stronghold of European gastronomy: the famous Mezzés, the no less famous summery and fresh Greek salad that everyone loves, olive oil, Chaniotiko Bouréki, vine leaves, Greek tea, stuffed vegetables...
Finally, if you had to wait for a last argument to go to Crete, we would have to talk about the Cretans. Known for their smile and their happiness, this image of them is not at all usurped. Fly to Crete without fear and discover a people of incredible warmth, always very enthusiastic about showing the legendary beauties of their island!
All the information you need to leave and enjoy your stay in Crete.
Visiting Crete: what documents do I need to enter the island?
Since 18 March 2022 there are no Covid travel restrictions in the UK, regardless of your vaccination status. This means testing, quarantining and even passenger locator forms are no longer necessary upon return from Greece. Arrivals may also be required to take a test once they get to Greece – if the test is positive, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel for at least five days, after which they will be required to wear a specific type of face mask (FFP2, N95 or double masks, one of which must be surgical) in all public spaces for a further five days.
Also since the 1st of May 2022, domestic Covid passports, showing proof of vaccination or recovery, are no longer required to enter any indoor and outdoor venues.
If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
- - issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- - valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements.
Visiting Crete in 2022: from which UK airport to travel?
In all United Kingdom, you kind find many airports offering flights to the beautiful greek island, Crete.
- London (Gatwick)
You can fly directly from these destination to the 2 main Crete airports: Heraklion, Chania
Hotel Crete: luxury resort and family paradise!
Crete, with its many resorts and landscapes, also offers a range of incredibly design, warm, luxurious and relaxing hotels for a memorable trip and holiday. Look for a Crete hotel, on the beach, close to the port and activities, far from the centre and heart of the cities, on the heights for magnificent rooms with a view... And this in any Cretan town or village: Rethymnon, Heraklion, La Canee (Chania), not far from the Samaria Gorge or the Palace of Knossos, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos... Every hotel in every town on the island will allow you to experience the legendary hospitality of the Cretans. On the beach, in the alleys of the big cities and small villages, in the restaurants, in the shops: everywhere your stay on the island of Greece will take you. From west to east, from south to north! Visiting Crete also means choosing the all-inclusive formula so that you don't have to worry about meals and just let yourself go! Ideal for visiting Crete with your family, but not only: couples and friends will appreciate an all-inclusive trip to Crete!
What to do in Crete in 2022: our 10 must-see places
The island of Crete is one of the southernmost points of Europe. As far as the Mediterranean basin is concerned, it is the 5th largest island and is located at the very south of the Greek archipelago and its numerous islands (Cyclades, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes...).
Visiting Crete means having the opportunity to visit more than a dozen places. The surface of the island being relatively important (5th largest European island behind Corsica, Sicily, Sardinia and Cyprus) and its characteristics being quite incredible, there are many things to do in Crete. But here are our top 10 must-do's in Crete:
1. The cove of Seitan Limania,
2. Knossos Palace, a relic of Greek mythology
3. Spinalonga, an ancient fortress island for lepers,
4. Agios Nikolaos, St Tropez of Crete,
6. The beach of Elafonisi,
7. The Cave of Melidoni,
8. Balos and its pink sands,
9. The Samaria Gorge,
10. Rethymnon and its citadel,
Blog Crete : your reference !
Welcome to our blog dedicated to Crete, the beautiful island of Greece. As you will see by browsing our Crete blog, many categories and themes are at your disposal: Places, Tips & Tricks, Culture and Climate! So that you know everything before you go to the island of the Gods. Whether you are going on holiday to Heraklion, the capital, Chania and its beautiful streets, Rethymnon, Matala, Sitia, Elounda, Loutro, Kissamos, Chersonissos... There are many places to see on the island. Crete Autrement is therefore THE Blog for you to get all the information you need to leave and enjoy your stay on the island.