0Making the most of the beach

Most people vis­it­ing Crete for a hol­i­day will be plan­ning to vis­it the beach. There isn’t much needed for a quick dip in the sea oth­er than swim­wear and a tow­el, but there are oth­er things you might want to think about tak­ing to enhance the exper­i­ence, espe­cially if you plan to spend lots of time on the beach
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0The best meals on Crete

The food on Crete is as good as any­where in the world, but unless you know where to look you risk get­ting aver­age food at above aver­age prices. It’s not easy to real­ise you’re get­ting some­thing aver­age though as even aver­age food in Crete is much bet­ter than you’re likely to find at home.
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0Boat trips & surrounding islets

Crete has nearly 100 smal­ler islands sur­round­ing it and many of these can be vis­ited with reg­u­lar boat trips or with a private hire. Some of the islands are pro­tec­ted nation­al parks (called Kri-kri) though and can­’t or should­n’t be vis­ited. Many of the less­er known islets are also hard to identi­fy with even google maps not show­ing names. Whilst we may have some sep­ar­ate pages for the most pop­u­lar islands to vis­it, here we sum­mar­ise details for all the islands for those people who like to explore a bit fur­ther from the beaten track
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0Vai & Psili Ammos beaches

Vai beach is one of the best known beaches on Crete, famed for being sur­roun­ded by a forest of palm trees — often mar­keted as Europe’s last palm forest. The beach itself is on the east coast and is fairly isol­ated from most resorts but it is easy to reach by car and coach trips also run there.
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0Modern new airport for Crete

Crete has a num­ber of air­ports, but the major­ity of trav­el­lers will arrive at either Chania or (more likely) Herak­lion. Herak­lion Air­port is a mixed civil­ian mil­it­ary facil­ity that is trapped between the sea, the moun­tains, and the city, leav­ing it little room to expand. It has been clear for a long time that a new air­port was needed and plans have focused on a former mil­it­ary base in the moun­tains near Kas­telli.
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