How to Make the Most of Your Summer Holiday in Crete

For how many years have you been dreaming of a holiday in the Greek islands? You’ve finally done your homework and have decided that a holiday in Crete is what you really want. As the largest of the Greek islands, the fourth largest island in the entire Mediterranean and with some of the world’s loveliest beaches, why wouldn’t you choose Crete?

After all, it is known as the birthplace of modern civilization! How much better can it get than that? Not only will you be enjoying an utterly fantastic climate, but you will have so much to see and do within the culture of Crete.

First a Word About Luxury Villas in Crete

You may have noticed that many travelers tend to shy away from the larger, trendier hotels when on a holiday in Crete, or any of the other Greek islands for that matter. There is a reason for that and it isn’t the cost. If you are going to plan a summer holiday in Crete, you have planned well, and the cost is not usually an inhibitor. Rather, it’s all the noise and congestion you are subjected to in some of the larger hotels.

You are on holiday after all and this is your time to get away from it all. You’ve chosen Crete as the island you want to enjoy but it’s difficult to enjoy in the midst of noisy holidaymakers who detract from the beauty and serenity all around you. Luxury villas in Crete, especially those chosen by BlueVillas who have various villas dotted across the island, are ideally located so that can relax away from the milling crowds. They also have the option to pick a specific villa out on a map of the island on their website, to make sure you're located in the perfect place for you.

These holiday getaways offer all the amenities of large luxury suites in hotels but without all the noise and confusion. If it’s service you want, it’s service you’ll get when and how you want it. These are bespoke holiday packages and what you will need to make the most of your holiday in Crete.

Now It’s Time to Go Exploring

Getting back to the subject of Crete as the birthplace of modern civilization, as you can imagine, there is much to see and do of a historic nature. Also keeping in mind that Crete is said to be the birthplace of Zeus in Greek mythology, this is one island you will want to explore. Of particular interest are:

  • Minoan Palace of Knossos

  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum

  • Psychro Cave

  • Koules Fortress

  • Agios Minas Cathedral

Those are just a very few of the places you’ll want to explore when seeking to take a stroll back through the history of this amazing island, which has so much to offer in terms of understanding Greek history and culture.

For example, when visiting Psychro Cave, you’ll learn that it is also referred to as the “Cave of Zeus.” This is the place where the goddess Rhea was said to have given birth to Zeus. With so much historical and literary relevance, it is no wonder this particular sight in Crete sees literally thousands of visitors each and every day of the year. This fact alone makes this particular cave stand out from the other 3,000 plus caves on the island. It’s a must-see on any holiday in Crete.

Working Your Way Up Through the Ages

Then there is the Koules Fortress, which is much more contemporary having been built in the 13th century, but of great historic value nonetheless. Also called Rocca al Mare, this imposing piece of history is open to the public and known as the symbol of the administrative capital of Crete. From there, you can visit buildings which have been constructed through the centuries until you reach some of the newest architectural wonders of Crete such as this ultra-modernistic sleek private home built by the Tense Architecture Network of Athens.

From some of the world’s most cherished architecture that was built thousands of years ago to modern architectural masterpieces, you will feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine while touring Crete. It is said that few buildings are being erected in specific areas of significant historical value, but you will see an amazing blend of old and new in many of the cities and villages. Sometimes these newer architectural masterpieces are situated in close proximity to buildings dating back before 3000 BC.  

From idyllic beaches to important historic landmarks, you can have the luxury of picking and choosing what to see and what to do once you are ensconced in your very own bespoke luxury holiday villa in Crete. These specially appointed local residents are there to help and guide you as you plan your days on this awesome island, making it a once-in-a-lifetime holiday each and every time you visit the island. If you are going to visit Greece, Crete is where you’ll find authenticity at its very best.