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Flying to the Greek island of Crete offers travellers the perfect blend of year-round sun, ancient history, adventurous exploration, and coastal relaxation. So, whether you like to spend your holiday sightseeing, getting into the outdoors, or doing nothing but soaking up the rays, booking a cheap flight to Crete could be your golden ticket to a holiday of a lifetime.
We offer cheap flights to Crete’s Heraklion Airport from Birmingham Airport. The Midlands airport can be reached by road from the M42, most national train stations and directly from Birmingham International Railway Station, as well as five bus and coach links from the surrounding area.
The flight from Birmingham Airport to Crete (Heraklion) takes around 4 hours.
Crete has three airports: Heraklion, Chania, and Thessaloniki. Monarch Airlines connects with Heraklion Airport because it’s so close to Monarch hotels and resorts.
Heraklion Airport is linked to the wider area via the E75 motorway. You can only get there by road, however, so unless you’re getting picked up or hiring a car, coach, bus, or taxi transfer is recommended.
The airport is 5km from the city, and takes around 10 minutes directly in a cab, costing roughly €15. Coaches and buses run frequently, especially during the summer months, with travel time taking around 20 minutes to the centre. Bus fares typically cost €2 per ticket.
The diverse natural landscape of this southern island echoes the range of experiences waiting for visitors. Few other island destinations can offer both beautiful sandy beaches and challenging mountain ranges, but that is the magic of Crete – it genuinely can be everything to everyone.
It's not just the natural side of Crete that’s worth exploring; the island’s heritage combines ancient Greek history with its unique cultural personality to create something exclusively Crete. And it’s woven through everything. You can experience it just by walking through the harbour towns, visiting the tavernas, or sampling the local cuisine.
For the adventurous, water sports are a must. Most of the beaches offer a host of sporting activities, including world-class scuba diving, which is arguably the best available in Europe.
Come night fall, certain streets burst into life, offering nightlife experiences to create memories that last a lifetime.
So, surely the question really is, why wouldn’t you choose Crete?
Monarch offers flights to Crete from April to October, so you can experience the sunshine that bathes island throughout the warm spring, hot summer, and mild autumn.
Off-peak shoulder seasons in Crete are as sunny and warm as peak-summer season. July and August are the most popular tourist months, with temperatures often hitting 28–30°C with plenty of sun. May, June, and September are somewhat quieter, with temperatures averaging between 23–30°C, for a milder but comfortably warm climate.
Spring and autumn are a little more unpredictable, though there’s certainly plenty of pleasant weather. Temperatures can vary between 17–26°C, and nights can drop very cool, but the quietness of the island coupled with these mild temperatures make it a great time to visit for families.
No day has to look the same in Crete. Despite the relatively small size of the island, it can feel like there are almost endless sightseeing possibilities:
Gramvousa is two mini islands close to the coast of Crete that feature beautiful, remote beaches.
Spinalonga is also an island, sitting near the coast of Plaka. It features ruins of past ancient inhabitants, which give a fascinating insight into this area’s history.
Knossos is perhaps one of the most famous places to visit in Crete, as its local title of the 'Oldest City in Europe’ can attest. This ruined Bronze Age settlement is beautifully preserved, making visitors feel like they’re stepping back through the centuries.
Did you know that Crete is the purported birthplace of Greek god Zeus? The atmospheric Psychro Cave is supposedly the exact birthplace and can be explored inside and out.
Crete is full to bursting with activities that can make your holiday one to remember:
Hiking is popular in Crete thanks to the mountainous landscape and the island’s striking natural beauty making every trek well worth the effort. Samaria Gorge is perhaps the most famous, but few views can topple the clear vistas seen from Timios Stavros on Ida Range, the highest peak in Crete.
Sunbathing could become a full-time pursuit in Crete, thanks to its beautiful beaches and warm lagoons. Elafonissi is one of the most popular, while Balos Lagoon requires a little hiking effort, but is more than worth the excursion.
History is all around you on the island, but don’t limit yourself to the ruins of the archaeological sites. Heraklion Archaeological Museum is lauded as the best in Greece, with the artefacts from the Minoan civilisation offering a truly fascinating insight into Crete’s historic population.
If you want to get the most out a trip to Crete, and aren’t sure where to start, we have some helpful advice:
Don’t limit yourself to your resort. Crete is one of the most history-rich areas of Greece, and you’ll likely find the surrounding areas and its legends fascinating.
If you’re travelling in the summer, remember that temperatures can hit over 30°C. If you plan to embark on a hike or trek, set off early when it’s cooler, and take plenty of water and sunscreen.
Socialise into the night. Drinking, eating, and spending time with friends is a late-night pursuit in Greece, so have a snack in the evening to keep you going until later on for a real taste of Greek life.
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