Fly to the capital of Crete, Heraklion, and you’ll be perfectly placed to visit the island’s resorts on both the eastern and western coast. There’s plenty to discover in the city itself too, such as the grand Venetian Koules Fortress and the famed Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Just a little outside of the city, there’s the Minoan Palace of Knossos, while some of Crete’s most popular resorts are also nearby, such as Hersonissos, Gouves and Stalis.
Heraklion puts you close to the thriving coastal resort of Hersonissos. It has a huge array of shops, bars and clubs along its main street, while nearby Stalis has one of the best beaches in the island. For an even more relaxed pace, there’s the inland village of Koutouloufari or upmarket Elounda.
The Minoan Palace of Knossos lies just 5km inland from Heraklion. Built by the Minoan civilisation, these incredible ruins date back over 3,500 years. You could also explore the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the best artefacts found around Knossos.
As the island’s largest mountain plain, the Lasithi Plateau offers incredible views of the rural Cretan landscape. You’ll see fruit orchards and old windmills laid out before you. Over in Aghios Nikolaos, you’ll find Lake Voulismeni, a beautiful lake in the centre of town, lined by waterfront bars and restaurants.
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Crete is a Greek island that lies to the south-east of the Greek mainland. It's part of the Aegean Islands and found in the Aegean Sea.
How long is the flight from UK to Crete?
Belfast to Crete – 4 hours 45 minutes
Birmingham to Crete – 4 hours 5 minutes
Bristol to Crete – 4 hours
East Midlands to Crete – 4 hours 10 minutes
Edinburgh to Crete – 4 hours 25 minutes
Glasgow to Crete – 4 hours 25 minutes
Leeds Bradford to Crete – 4 hours 10 minutes
London Stansted to Crete – 4 hours 5 minutes
Manchester to Crete – 4 hours 20 minutes
Newcastle to Crete – 4 hours 15 minutes
How many airports does Crete have?
Crete has three airports, based in Heraklion (Nikos Kazantzakis Airport), Chania (Ioannis Daskalogiannis Airport) and Sitia. Heraklion Airport is located near the central northern coastline of the island, while Chania Airport is located on near the northwestern coastline. Find out more about Heraklion Airport or find out more about Chania Airport.
How far is Heraklion Airport from central Crete?
Heraklion Airport is around 60km from the centre of the island.
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