Imagine lying on the beach soaking up the summer sun, with temperatures reaching into the high 30s centigrade. Now imagine lying on the same hot beach and gazing up towards the snow-capped mountains.Well this is what is in store for those planning to spend their vacations in Crete. The island is one of the biggest in the Mediterranean and has a fascinating climate as well as geology.
The tall mountain ranges in the central area can remain snow capped throughout the year.Crete also boats some spectacular gorges and beautiful fertile valleys which have helped give rise to the claim that the island was the home of the ancient Greek God Zeus.Set against this awe inspiring back drop, Crete is a huge draw with holiday makers, especially during the warm summer months with sun throughout the day and temperatures rarely dropping below 30 C during the day.
Like much of Greece, the holiday facilities are first rate and are especially attractive to families who favour hotels like the Hotel Minos Mare Royal, Ikaros Beach Resort & Spa, Hotel Corissia Princess, Hotel King Minos Palace and Hotel Corissia Beach, all rated in the top five for families on the island.
These are modern and well designed hotels boasting all the facilities you could need to enjoy a first class summer holiday and fine food.But finding a spot to get away from the crowds is not that hard. Crete has a coastline that is 1,000 kilometers long. with many sandy beaches and a host of quiet coves and bays where you can relax and unwind.
The island was also the home of the Minoan civilisation and so boats a world wide historical importance. Thousands flock to archaeological sites including Knossos.With so much to see and do, some families come back years after year, never tiring of what Crete has to offer.