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Crete, sitting off the Greek mainland, is an island ready-made for indulging in sun, sea, sand, and a spot of culture. Basking in the warm Mediterranean Sea, it has one of the sunniest climes in Europe. Its rugged coast is studded with pretty little coves and long, sweeping bays, a perfect backdrop for an inexpensive break of sun-lounging and sea-dipping. And at night, its bars, clubs, and taverns really come alive, while the open-air party on the beach welcomes one and all.

Things to see in Crete Island

While there's much to see and do on Crete that's free—swimming in its aquamarine waters, lounging on its beaches, or admiring its natural splendor—there's plenty else to do that's affordable. Top of the list is Knossos Palace. Many reckon this 4,000 year old Minoan palace to be the home of the fabled Minotaur. The ticket prices aren't too expensive, especially if you get a combined entry with the nearby Heraklion Archaeological Museum. This houses some amazing artifacts from one of Europe's oldest known civilizations. Then there's the stunning Samaria Gorge. A free trek down this steep cleft in the mountains ends with amazing views onto the Libyan Sea—and a well-earned refreshing dip. Chanai is one of the prettiest towns on the coast, complete with its restored Venetian lighthouse and Turkish baths. In its Old Town you can find some lovely tavernas, which can be relatively inexpensive in the quieter back-streets.

Cheap hotels in Crete Island

You'll be somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to cheap hotels in Crete Island—package holidays have transformed the hotel scene here. But cheap doesn't mean poor. Many of the low-cost hotels in Crete come with extras like hotel pools, free WiFi, complimentary breakfasts and evening buffets. And away from the busy resorts you can still find inexpensive guesthouses in Crete and townhouse apartments. Here you can make the most of Greek hospitality at local tavernas. Or you can enjoy the rustic charm of a hillside farmhouse, where the welcome is warm and the amazing view free of charge.

Where to stay in Crete Island

Many of the best budget hotels in Crete Island are found around the party resort of Malia. This north-coast town has swelled in popularity, thanks to its great beaches, affordable food scene, and buzzing nighttime vibe. Even if you're not too keen on joining the party, it still makes a good base—and is hard to beat for discounted Crete hotel deals. There are also many economy hotels in Crete's north-west. Chania, in particular, has some great apartments and studio apartments at low rates. And if you're looking to take in the amazing Knossos Palace, try the cheap Crete hotels in the island’s capital, Heraklion.

How to get to Crete Island

There are a couple of ways to travel to Crete on a budget. If you're coming from the Greek mainland, you can catch a ferry at Piraeus, taking you to Heraklion, Rethimno, or Chania. Alternatively, the boat from Thessaloniki will get you to the capital. Nikos Kazantzakis is the main airport, receiving international flights from many European cities. If you're coming from further afield you'll have to transfer at Athens. There are also domestic flights to airports in Chania and Sitia. Once here, the local buses—or a budget car hire—will help you make the most of the island's scattered history and amazing scenery.

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