Crete's western corner offers up some fantastic history and scenery. And this daytrip is great for taking it all in, from a monastery winery to a picturesque lake.
With plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, this morning trip to the romantic town of Rethymnon is as relaxing as they come. You'll journey along the west coast of Crete to Rethymnon where you'll discover history, architecture and charm by the bucket-load.
With Crete's coastline on one side and the Aegean Sea horizon on the other, the views really don't get more beautiful than during this catamaran cruise. Casting off from Rethymnon, you'll sail to the village of Panormo. After dropping anchor, you can go for a swim or snorkel before tucking into a tasty lunch on board. This is what being on holidays is all about.
Leaving behind the well-trodden tourist trails, this quad bike safari takes you even deeper into rural Crete. Rev and roar your way along dusty tracks and trails through the Cretan mountains. As well as a visit to the ghost town of Achlada lined up, you'll also swing by Fodele for some freshly squeezed orange juice – grown locally. A great way to put a bit of oomph into your holiday.
The warm and clear waters of the Sea of Crete are ideal for learning scuba diving. This full day scuba diving excursion off the coast of northern Crete will give you comprehensive theory and practice instruction in a swimming pool or in shallow sea waters, followed by a guided deeper water dive at a celebrated local dive site.
Enjoy this private tour of Western Crete and explore ancient villages and Byzantine monasteries.
Discover Knossos Palace and the Cave of Zeus from Heraklion and Elounda during this tailored-made private tour.
Explore some of the oldest Byzantine Monasteries, Churches, and Cathedrals in Crete during this private tour.
A day at sea to blow the cobwebs away has holiday treat written all over it. This catamaran cruise has all the ingredients for total relaxation, including scenic sailing around Crete, a tasty lunch, and swimming stops between sunbathing sessions on deck. There'll also be a chance to grab those all-important holiday snaps, with photo stops overlooking ancient Olous and the island of Spinalonga.
A trip that combines traditional Crete with its wild side. You'll drive through scenic landscapes and wander through the market of the pretty harbour town of Agios Nikolaos – all very typical. But then there's the twist to the tale with a visit to Amazonas Park nature reserve.
An oasis of tranquillity, Crete's botanical gardens provide a respite from the bustling beaches. On this morning tour, your guide will show you around the vast gardens and teach you about the local plants and wildlife. You'll also get to prepare and try one of Greece's most popular mezze dishes.On arrival, you'll be greeted with a refreshing welcome drink of homemade lemonade. A short introduction to the tour will be given in the amphitheatre and then you're free to explore. You'll have the chance to walk around the vast and verdant gardens with a guide. Learn all there is to know about native flora and fauna, as well as exotic species from around the world. What's more, the grounds have been designed carefully with the environment in mind – ensuring your visit is sustainable.Once you've finished admiring the greenery, there's a short cooking workshop where you'll learn how to prepare a Cretan speciality, ‘tzatziki'. You'll also get to taste the dip, which is popularly served with bread. It's the perfect appetiser to keep you going before lunch.
The beach isn't the only place for watery fun in Crete. Limnoupolis Water Park is jam-packed with slides, chutes, rivers and pools that'll have you whizzing from one to the other. From the scary Giant Slide to the chilled Lazy River, there's something for everyone and every mood.
This is the one of the biggest nights of the week in any Malia-goers diary. Malia Live has buckets of booze and some of the island's top DJs on the decks. To the sounds of pumping tunes you'll be blasted by oxygen cannons to keep cool as you party hard. Definitely the hottest ticket in town.
Channel your inner child and head to Aquaplus waterpark, where you can splash, tumble and whizz your way down slide after slide. If you're up for a thrill try the extreme slides – the Spacebowl is our favourite – or, if relaxing is more your thing, check out the lazy river. Perfect for kids and big kids alike.
The tiny island of Spinalonga is just a short hop away from Crete, but a visit is like stepping back in time. Centuries of history are packed within the walls that encircle it. See it through the eyes of a local on this private tour, which also takes in two coastal towns on Mirabello Bay. Veta, one of our guides, says, 'You'll visit the pretty fishing village of Elounda as well as the seaside town of Agios Nikolaos.'Spinalonga has been many things throughout its existence, including a Venetian outpost and an Ottoman town. It was even a leper colony, which led to it being dubbed the ‘Isle of Tears'. You'll take a walk with our local guide, who'll lead you along narrow lanes of long-abandoned roofless dwellings and show you around the fortress and the colony, which closed in the 1950s. What's more, you'll beat the crowds by arriving early on the first ferry of the day.Later, you'll sail back via the seaside village of Elounda. You'll have some free time to explore at your own pace. Swim, stretch out in the sunshine or watch the world go by at one of the many family-run bars on the waterfront. Rounding off the day is a visit to Agios Nikolaos, a chic coastal town sheltered by two offshore islets. Many make a beeline for the bars overlooking the boat-fringed inshore lake.
With its festival vibes and poolside setting, this pool party in Crete will blow the rest out of the water. You'll have entry to the new club pool where DJs, artists and MCs will be bringing the coolest new tunes to the party for you to soak up and enjoy.This brand new outdoor venue for the season promises all the poolside glamour you need for a chilled-out party. Expect rhythms and background beats from top DJs and artists as you saunter by the pool, lounge back and cool off with a chilled cocktail under the glow of the Cretan sun.It all kicks off at 17:30 where for three hours you'll have access to the outside poolside venue to catch up with friends, both old and new, and groove to the music. What's more, its festival atmosphere means laid-back summer vibes are guaranteed.
Whoops is no accident – it's Malia's midnight party for techno heads and house music fans. Hit Candy Club to see a host of top Dutch DJs at the decks, playing the biggest bangers of the summer. There'll be discount drinks deals at the bar, too. Book your ticket today.
The ancient Palace of Knossos is one of Crete's oldest and most popular places to visit. Tick-off one of the island's top things to do with an Iconic Insiders tour. Let an expert guide transport you back to the Bronze Age as you stroll by still standing columns and faded frescoes. And with our skip-the-line tickets, you'll be the first to enter the site, giving you plenty of time to take photos of treasures like the Throne Room, the Royal Apartments and the Prince of the Lilies mural.Knossos was once the hub of the ancient Minoan civilization, and is said to have been the site of the underground labyrinth that contained the legendary Minotaur – a fearsome half-man, half-bull creature. Hear stories and myths surrounding the palace and its kings as you tour all the standout spots.Explore the ruins of columns, mosaics and frescoes that are still intact today, and see the remains of the Throne Room and Royal Apartments, too. Be sure to snap selfies with the Prince of the Lilies painting and the Bull mural – they're two of the best examples of Minoan art and symbols of Crete.
Take part in an unforgettable cruise from Ierapetra to the island of Chrissi, famous for it's unique “wild and lonely” beauty.
Once you've packed your bathing suit and sun lotion, you'll be ready for a day of fun in the sun at Watercity Waterpark, Heraklion. There's everything you need for an action-packed day out, and all the space you need to stretch out on a sunbed and top up that tan.