20 Reasons Crete Is The Perfect Destination For Double Bite Travelers
15. Validation of a villa near Rethymno
The vacation villa has been practically designed with the Greek summer in mind, and Crete is no different. Simpson Travel (020 8392 5858; simpsontravel.com), for example, has a multitude of properties scattered across the island, such as Villa Sonatina, 16 km from Rethymno, near the village of Kapsaliana. This one-bedroom hideaway, perfect for a couple, includes an olive grove, a swimming pool and a feeling of being away from it all. It can still be hired within the week from 28 September, starting at £ 1,153 per person including flights from Gatwick.
16. An opportunity to get lost
Despite all of its harsh geology and ingrained mythology, Crete also has a light touch that makes it a splendid family destination. One example is the excellent Labyrinth Park (labyrinthpark.gr) – an enclave of entertainment and games, 24 km east of Heraklion, near Hersonissos, which offers a playful twist to Greek folklore. In addition to a laser obstacle course in a “life-size” Trojan horse and a hall of mirrors which also serves as Hell, there is a labyrinth of fabulous complexity (designed by the expert in labyrinth Adrian Fisher). Guests collect stamps (which grant access to other parts of the park) as they walk towards the minotaur in the center. If that sounds too complicated, the Acqua Plus water park (acquaplus.gr) next door offers less complicated joys for children on its slides and splashing water.
17. Big beasts from another past
The annals of Greek legend are particularly lacking in tyrannosaurs, but few destinations that want family visitors to avoid prehistoric reptilia entirely, and Crete certainly does not. Located in Gournes, on the outskirts of Heraklion, Dinosauria Park (dinosauriapark.com) offers the usual range of fiberglass lizards, but also has a “museum” of model skeletons and a “dinosaur hospital” – as well as a “7D” cinema, and an adventure playground.
18. Out of sight in underrated Ierapetra
While the north coast and its towns hold a lot of appeal, there is a lot to be said about scampering the island’s southeast and outpost of Ierapetra. There is a more local vibe to this quiet little town, with its obligatory Venetian fort, and its swarm of restaurants, brought to life by Greek voices, along its seaside promenade. A week’s stay at the hotel four-star Petra Mare, departing Luton on September 11, starts at £ 670 per person, with transfers, via On The Beach (0871 474 3000; onthebeach.co.uk).