Crete is a versatile travel destination

1. The tourist season starts early

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Greece belongs to the warmth of tourists very early in the spring.

The thermometer may rise to around 20 degrees already in March, which makes the destination quite attractive, with temperatures staying close to zero in Finland for a long time in the spring. However, the actual summer weather season only begins in May, when the average daily temperature stays strictly above 20 degrees.

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The beach atmosphere of Crete can be enjoyed very early in the spring.

In early spring, the atmosphere of Crete may surprise the holidaymaker, as it is like in the midsummer homeland: people spend most of their waking hours outdoors enjoying the warmth until late at night, and there are plenty of both ice cream parlors and attractive terraces. Crete is a great destination to take off in the summer when domestic temperatures do not seem to be rising.

2. You can get to Crete very cheaply

You can travel to Crete both on your own and on a package tour, and both options allow for an affordable holiday.

The Norwegian low-cost airline Norwegian offers low-cost scheduled flights from Helsinki to Chania in Crete during the summer season, and the cheapest flights are available for around 200 euros. Package tours are also available cheaply, as a traveler looking for deals can grab a holiday for up to € 250.

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The lovely beaches of Crete are reasonably priced, as there is a lot to offer due to its popularity and the prices of the trips are very moderate.

In addition to cheap flights, staying in Crete is also very affordable, and the price level on a holiday island is considerably cheaper than in Finland. The advantage is especially evident in the restaurants, as eating out is cheap in Crete. Small entrepreneurship is valued on the island, and there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in Crete.

3. Cretan cuisine is a feast of fresh ingredients

As in many other Greek resorts, food plays a significant role in Crete. The Cretan diet is based on olive oil, cheeses and fresh ingredients, so you don’t have to suffer from poor quality food on holiday.

The restaurants serve traditional Greek cuisine from salads to meat dishes, and the island also serves plenty of fish.

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Greek salad is a familiar sight in a Cretan restaurant.

Cretan restaurants also make extensive use of the dishes of different harvests, and the island is not very popular with foreign vegetables, but fruits and vegetables may have been grown very close by. Fresh ingredients are valued so much in Crete that some people on the island stop eating tomatoes, for example, when it is time to resort to greenhouse tomatoes.

4. Crete is also a wine destination

In addition to food, Crete pampers tourists with quality local wine, which is very much appreciated on the island. Usually, Cretan wine is brought to the table in a restaurant in a glass jug, from which small glasses are filled numerous times during the evening. The most typical Cretan wine varieties are Romeiko, Vilana and Kotsifali.

5. A versatile destination for an active holiday

Crete is a versatile holiday destination suitable for more than just lounging on the beach or walking between the pool and the buffet restaurant. The varied natural conditions of the large island make Crete a versatile destination, and you can hike in the fields under olive trees, run through the green moors or hike in the snow-capped mountains.

The peaks of Lefka Or, in the middle of the island, in the White Mountains, rise to an altitude of more than 2,400 meters, so the diversity of natural sites is guaranteed by the difference in altitude alone.

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One of the best strengths of Crete is the diversity of the island, which makes it very suitable for a wide variety of holidaymakers.

The best time for an active holiday in Crete is spring, as the temperatures in the mountains in April-May are also ideal for a demanding hike. The most popular hiking destination in Crete, the gorges of Samaria, are still quite calm in the spring months, unlike in midsummer, when the gorge can be congested.

>> Read more about Crete in the Rantapallo destination guide!

Text: Inka Khanji
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