Crete Facts File
The Greek island of Crete offers something for everyone irrespective of age. The west of the island has retained most of the island's traditions and natural beauty whereas the northern part is a holiday Mecca offering all the usual trimmings of sun, sea and sand. In the peak season parts of the island are overrun by tourist who flock to the massive hotel complexes but fortunately you can still escape and explore the endless beaches, quaint Greek villages, coves, caves and gorges along with the inland mountainous area.
Vaccinations and health
No special immunizations or medications are necessary for most trips to Greece. However, we advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek Islands. Crete has the warmest climate in Greece, thanks to its southerly location and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. Summer – classed as June to September – is the most popular time to visit Crete, when temperatures are high and rainfall is low. At this time of year, the average temperature is around 25°C, peaking at 26°C in July and August, which are the hottest months of the year. This is when the average temperature generally doesn’t fall below 20°C and reaches highs of up to 29°C.
220v, 50 HZ, usually these are two pin type but some are the three round pin type. Best to take a multi-pin adapter with you.
The currency in Crete is the Euro.
The dialling code for Crete is 00+30 +281
The time difference is +2 hours.
The official language is Greek but English is spoken especially around the main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Crete
There are several airports within the UK that fly to Crete. If you are seeking a direct flight from a smaller UK airport, then do remember to try a few days either side of your preferred date as smaller airports usually only fly on a particular day of the week. Smaller airports may also only offer flights for 7 or 14 nights.
Crete Transport – getting around
Local buses are a cheap way to travel, but the bus timetables are a little difficult to find and often change without notice! Fares are government-regulated and very reasonable by European standards. Taxis can be easily hailed in the street or booked in advance. Taxi stands are located in the main towns and taxis can be ordered by phone. Hiring a car is a good option for those wanting to properly explore Crete. You can see our low car-hire rates after running a search.