Looking Ahead: Planning your 2019 holiday in Crete
As we head into winter and the days gets shorter and darker, there’s no better way to cheer yourself up than with a 2019 holiday planning session! Read on to discover why Crete is the perfect destination for your 2019 escape, whatever your travel preferences!
Crete for beach lovers
With 650 miles of coastline, Crete is the perfect island for unlimited beach days. From hidden gems known only to the locals, to buzzing beach-bar favourites, chose Minos Beach art hotel and spend a relaxing week exploring the golden sands of eastern Lassithi province. Choose a waterfront bungalow, superior waterfront bungalow or the exclusive, three-bedroom waterfront villa for direct private access to the sea!
Crete for culture vultures
From the awe-inspiring majesty of the Palace of Knossos to the faded grandeur of the historic cities of Chania and Heraklion, Crete is a true haven for history lovers. Discover another side to party-town Malia at its bronze age archaeological site, including the 7,500 sqm palace of King Sarpidon, one of the greatest Minoan palaces on the island. Delve into the wonders of ancient Phaistos, where the mysterious Phaistos Disc was excavated, and explore the classical site of Gortyn, said to be the site of the myth of Zeus and Europa. Minos Beach art hotel is perfectly suited on the outskirts of the historic town of Agios Nikolaos, and our concierge staff are always on hand to introduce you to the unseen magic of the island and suggest historian-led excursions around the local area.
Crete for nature fans
Discover the diversity of Cretan flora and fauna! Isolated from mainland Europe, Asia and Africa, the island has no large predators, a fact that the Ancient Greeks attributed to the labours of Hercules. Instead, watch out for the endangered Cretan goat (kri-kri), wildcat and spiny mouse or head to the sea to spot loggerhead sea turtles, Mediterranean monk seals, dolphins, porpoises and even sperm whales! Choose Minos Beach art hotel and discover a programme of environmental activities, providing the perfect opportunity to discover the island’s stunning natural environment.
Crete for gourmets // gourmands
Crete is a true haven for global foodies, featuring an unlimited supply of fresh produce, golden olive oil and mouth-watering traditional recipes.