Crete, Greece

According to myth, Zeus was born in a cave on Crete, and you can find the Caves of Zeus on the slopes of Mount Ida. But regardless of the fascinating Greek myths and legends, Crete is a wonderful marvel. The crystalline light bestowed upon the glistening waters adds radiance to the already stunning landscape, where you can wander around mountain villages, soak up the sun or enjoy the warm night at beachfront bars. Combining visually striking scenery with an affable and welcoming atmosphere, Crete will take you in with open arms.

Visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum containing 5,500 years of history and admire the beautiful and precious things preserved from Greece’s ancient history. Sip the island’s superb wine with Cretan grape varieties like you’ve never experienced before. Take a ride to Samaria Gorge, a national park, and hike the island enjoying the expansive scenery. For food lovers, Crete holds strong traditions and a distinct personality within its dishes. Cretan cuisine stands alone even from Greek cookery, and rural taverns often produce much of their own food. Meat, cheese, olive oil and wine vary enticingly from place to place and yet, Cretan cheese pies, lamb and Cretan brandy are a few local specialties that remain on the menu no matter the restaurant you choose.

In the winter, when the sun comes out you can enjoy stupendous views of the snowy mountains. Flowers start to grow, almond trees blossom and plentiful are the citrus trees full of fruit. In spring, tourists populate the island as winter rains have provided lush blankets of greenery and carpets of flowers. During summer you are almost always guaranteed warm weather, its peak being July and August when temperatures are hot. Fall, though not as hot, the sea is wonderfully warm and beaches more relaxed.

WEATHER: Monthly Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
High 61° 61° 63° 68° 75° 82°
Low 46° 46° 50° 54° 59° 64°
Rainfall 3.1 in. 2.5 in. 2.4 in. 0.8 in. 0.4 in. 0.0 in.
Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
High 84° 84° 81° 75° 70° 63°
Low 72° 70° 66° 61° 55° 50°
Rainfall 0.0 in. 0.0 in. 0.4 in. 1.6 in. 2.7 in. 3.5 in.