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Crete at a Glance

Crete is a stunning place to vacation whether you are interested in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, the sparsely traveled rugged interior, or the Minoan, Greek and Roman ruins that are scattered across the island. 

Crete's tourist strip focuses on the northern edge of the island. Resorts and beaches cater to package tourists and those looking for a quick beach getaway. Enjoy the sun and the beach, but don't forget to check out Crete's traditional culture and its more remote pleasures. Crete has one of Europe's only palm beaches as well as a rugged and stunning southern coastline. 

Crete's cuisine is renown for extending people's lives. Enjoy olive oil, fish, lamb and other delicacies. Crete is famous for its musical traditions and festivals are a fun way to discover what the island is all about. If you visit during the winter, head to the spectacular carnival. In summer, party it up at a wine festival and a music festival, just to name a few. 


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High Season
May - August
Low Season
September - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Heraklion International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Greece if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, contact a Greek consulate's office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Crete has a warm, Mediterranean climate that cools off and becomes rainy in the winter. 

      Safety Concerns: Use common sense to avoid crime. Protect your passport by keeping it close to the skin or in a hotel safe. Avoid flashing cash or displaying valuables. Stay safe at night by remaining in safe, well-lit areas. 

      Health Concerns Jelly fish and anemones can be painful nuisances on the beach. Watch out for them when you swim or walk in bare feet. During the summer, avoid snake bite by wearing shoes and long pants. Travelers may want mosquito repellent.