How to Fully Enjoy a Whole Month in Crete!

How to enjoy one full month in Crete

Do you believe that this season you deserve a holiday that’s unending? I’m sure you do! And I think you’re right! If you’re a fan of Greece, the the island of Crete can perfectly fit the bill. Such a vast island, with so diverse landscapes and places to see, gives you a great opportunity to never get bored, so why not spending one whole month in Crete?

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Essentials for your Adventures in Crete!

Getting to Crete: Nothing like sailing from one island to the other. Check Ferryhopper to book your ferry tickets in advance.

Where to stay on the island: It’s always wise to compare, check for the best accommodation deals.

Top-rated tours in Crete: If you’re a fan of our beaches, then don’t miss this Cruise to Balos or a Day Trip to Elafonisi. If you came to the island seeking adventure, then hike the Samaria Gorge. Finally, for those interested in Crete’s past and history, don’t miss a visit to Knossos Palace.

Want to see Crete better? Explore it on wheels! Personally, use Discover Cars to go where my old jalopy won’t take me.

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Always have with you: A daypack for excursions, the Lonely Planet Guide, or my West Crete digital guide!

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Where to Stay in Crete

If you’re coming to Crete for your next vacation, start by checking a comfortable place to stay because you will be exhausted by the end of the day after so much beach time. According to the region where you’ve decided to stay, start by booking comfortable accommodation. If you’re looking for a vacation home, check these articles about home rentals too.

These below, instead, are my favorite places to stay. Small budget ranges between €20 for a bed in a shared room in a hostel to €45 for a small flat. Mid-range hotels go from €50 to €80 per night. Better places can be booked for more than €100 a night.

Small budget: You can spend the night in Crete without breaking the bank. When the budget is tight, I recommend either So Young Hostel (Heraklion), Cocoon City Hostel (Chania), Matthias Hotel Apartments (Rethymnon), and Villa Galini (Agios Nikolaos).

Mid-range accommodation: Spend a little more and enjoy a stay in Capsis Astoria Heraklion (Heraklion), Porto Antico (Chania), Archipelagos Hotel (Rethymnon), or Hotel Port 7 (Agios Nikolaos).

Boutique places: For a more luxurious stay, check Galaxy Iraklio Hotel (Heraklion), Hotel OFF (Chania), Avli Lounge (Rethymnon), or Minos Beach Art Hotel (Agios Nikolaos).

How Much Time Do You Really Need in Crete?

Let’s be real for a moment: visiting Crete for any amount of time can be deeply enjoyable. Even if you were only here for one night, you’d have a great time! Alas, if you only had twenty-four hours in Crete, you’d likely be pretty sad to leave… And it’s not really a chance for that to happen! Such a massive island deserves at least one week of your time. And that it still not enough.

Crete is a destination that invites you to stay as long as possible. A week or two is recommended, three weeks in Crete is an awesome idea, but you know what would really allow you to enjoy all that the island has to offer? A whole month in Crete!

And… People do it all the time! Could you be next? In this blog, we’re going to look at everything you’ll need to enjoy those four weeks to the max.

Tie Up Loose Ends Before You Travel

When you’re in Crete, you want to be fully present. You don’t want to be thinking about work or the other many responsibilities that you have back home.

Of course, there may be some things (like the occasional work call) that you can’t avoid, but by and large, you’ll want to ensure that all the loose ends are neatly tied up before you travel.

If you know that you’ve taken care of everything, then you’ll be able to throw yourself into all that it has to offer, without having to think of all you have to do when you return. And that’s always a relief!

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>>Check all the beaches in Crete<<

Find the Perfect Spot

Umbrella, sea, beach, sunbeds

You could stay more or less in any region if you were only visiting Crete for a couple of days. After all, you’d be spending the bulk of your time exploring the area. However, when you’re going four weeks at a time, you might also consider spending some time in your hotel or rental home.

So, it’s important that you’re looking for a place that’ll allow you to unwind. Everyone has their own preferences, but in general, an apartment that’s away from the main tourist zones is recommended for peace and quietness). 

As well as the ideal spot, try to bring some home comforts with you too. You’ll feel even more relaxed if you have everything you need! For example, you could bring some touches of home, such as your favorite brand of tea.

Or you might bring your laptop, so you can watch your favorite television shows and movies after a day of exploring. If you do that, be sure to check out this VPN guide from since some shows will be geo-blocked. Ultimately, it’s all about feeling as at home as possible when you’re in such a beautiful destination. 

Getting ready and no idea what to pack?
>>Check this great packing list for Crete<<

Go to Crete at the Right Time

Finally, as well as where you’re staying, think about when you’re going. You can visit Crete all year round, but some periods are better than others.

If you’re looking for as much excitement as possible, then go during high season, which is between May and September.

The shoulder seasons are better for people looking for some peace and quiet but who still want to have fun. Those seasons run from in spring (March to April) and in the fall (October to November).

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Coming to Crete for a one-month holiday?
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Travel Plans for Crete?
More Resources to Organize Your Trip!

Start by heading right to my tips to plan a trip to Crete for in-depth details you need to know about Greece. You can also check my post to better know what to pack for a trip to the island or read this info to visit Crete with children!

Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your trip. If you want to tour West Crete, check my guide. Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!

Make Sure You’ve Got Everything For a Hassle-Free Vacation!

I never move around the islands without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy but light travel partner I just love. For short trips, I carry this little crossbody bag. If I drive, I pack my Nikon D7200 and a good travel guide: Lonely Planet’s Best of Greece & the Greek Islands.

When it comes to plane tickets, compare prices with a powerful search engine. However, nothing beats traveling by sea in Greece. With Ferry Hopper, you can book in advance at the lowest price.

For accommodation, I personally use Traveling to remote places is easier with Discover Cars. Other times, I join organized tours with GetYourGuide, which features anything from cooking lessons to airport transfer!

Are you coming to Crete any time soon?

Get in touch and let me know!

Read more:

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Amazing Free Things to Do in Heraklion on Your Crete Vacation!

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About the author of this blog:

Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

Gabi Ancarola

Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and working as a tech advisor.
She’s written for Greek Reporter, published two travel guides about Greece, and drunk more glasses of frappe than any regular person would be able to handle.

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