Cheap Flights to Crete
425 miles off the coast of Greece lies Crete. This idyllic island consists of sparkling white houses, swaying palm trees, rugged mountains, and sandy beaches, surrounded by a turquoise ocean. Crete is a hotspot for tourists who come to get pampered in the luxury hotels, explore the waters around the island, and admire its ancient architecture.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Crete
May to August are Crete's high season when the temperature rises to a comfortable low 80 degrees. Unfortunately, it's also the most expensive time of the year. March and April and September and October sees fewer tourists and cheaper rates, but the temperature drops to the low 70s and there's a good chance of rain. From November to February the temperature hovers around 50 degrees. During this season there are hardly any tourists and those who do visit the island get the locals' undivided attention.
Airlines that Fly to Crete
No airlines are currently flying directly from Canada to Crete. Depending on your preference of airline, a flight leaving Canada will make a stop in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Athens or another city. To stay informed of cheap tickets and deals, subscribe to Skyscanner's price alert.
What to See and Do in Crete
To give tourists value for money, many hotels organize day trips and excursion for their guests. These outings include visiting villages and the countryside, the Samaria gorge, the ancient cities of Lissos, Lato and Phaistos and other points of interest. If so preferred you can visit historical sites such as the old Venetian harbor or the ancient city of Phaistos, or see several museums. If you prefer to be in the fresh air you can book a full day safari or an off-road buggy adventure and explore geological formations. Crete also holds a variety of churches and cathedrals, nature and wildlife areas, and of course shopping possibilities.
What to Expect when Arriving at the Airport
Crete has three airports, Heraklion International Airport being the main one. Unlike other international airports, Heraklion offers only very basic services to its passengers. There's a bank for currency exchange and a duty-free shop, but a limited choice for general shopping, nourishment, and refreshments.
To get to your hotel, airport shuttle buses leave every few minutes, Monday through Saturday, from early morning to late at night. On Sundays, this service is less frequent. Alternatively, you can rent a car and enjoy the freedom to explore the island with your own transportation.
While vacationing on Crete is great for sightseeing, it's also the perfect place to rest body and mind. The beauty and tranquility of the island soothe the soul and makes for a rejuvenated return home.
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