Experience the real Crete without the hustle and bustle of mass tourism
Holidays in Crete from the beginning of November to the end of March: Experience the real Crete without the hustle and bustle of the high season.
The mildest winter in Europe
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Without the hustle and bustle of mass tourism
From the beginning of November to the end of March, there is practically no tour operator-organised tourism in Crete, unlike other destinations such as southern Spain or Cyprus, which are well-known winter destinations.
All major hotels and resorts in Crete are closed and there are no direct charter flights as in the summer months.
This is an ideal time to travel for those who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of mass tourism and discover the original character of the island.
Let yourself be pampered in a small, luxurious boutique hotel
The new Adults Only Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique Hotel was built in 2020 in a very attractive location within the town of Chania, just a few steps (60 m) from the fine sandy beach and a few minutes' walk from the sleepy old town with its Venetian harbour. It is also only a few hundred metres to the lively town centre with countless shopping and entertainment opportunities.
The hotel stays open all year round, so you can experience Crete at any time of the year.
Only a few steps away from a dreamy old town
The old town of Chania, which boasts the romantic Venetian harbour, offers a unique setting with the old lighthouse, the Firkas fortress, the mosque with its large white dome and the pastel-coloured houses from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Lose yourself in the winding medieval streets of charming Chania. Snuggle up in cosy corners of quaint cafés and tavernas, amidst magnificent Venetian architecture.
Surrounded by unique nature
Crete makes the hearts of nature lovers beat faster all year round. At any time of the year, something is in bloom, trees bear their fruit. The great differences in altitude on the island contribute to a particularly large number of species, and climatically there are also great differences between the protected valleys in the south and the plateaus in the mountains.
The island is also fascinating because it has retained much of its rural originality. Crete offers wonderful hiking routes through high mountains and deep gorges, dreamy mountain villages, ancient buildings and medieval castles: an impressive and particularly varied backdrop.
Soak up the sun and enjoy the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea
The sun shines on Crete for 300 days a year on average. And although some rainy days are to be expected in the months of November to March, the Cretan sun is quickly there again!
An infinite number of fine sandy beaches and small bays await you, almost for your exclusive use.
The sea, within the natural bays of Chania, maintains a temperature between 20 °C and 16 °C throughout late autumn and winter. A dream for all those who appreciate the numerous advantages of bathing in open waters in winter.
Let yourself completely relax and regenerate
In a specially designed, spacious room at the Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique Hotel you can enjoy a range of beauty and massage treatments with the assistance of our expert staff.
The treatments tailored to you personally help to relax and regenerate your body and give your soul and mind relaxation and well-being.
Experience innovative culinary concepts using nutrient-rich ingredients
It is the high quality of each ingredient that makes Cretan dishes so unique. Crete is famous for its aromatic, nutrient-rich dishes. Our chef prepares culinary delights of the highest quality for you to enjoy in the morning and evening in our restaurants!
In Chania, you also have the opportunity to enjoy Greek, Cretan and international cuisine in all its variations at any time. These culinary experiences, whether in a small taverna in one of the winding alleys of the old town or in a cosy fish restaurant at the Venetian harbour, should become part of your overall holiday experience.
Mingle with friendly, relaxed people
Known for their hospitality and warmth, you will be in the very best hands with your Cretan hosts, whether in the local taverna or in our top class hotel.
Their kindness, openness and generosity will add a sweet touch to every day of your holiday, making you both feel embraced, pampered and completely welcome far from home.
If you are looking for a destination where you can be sure that people will look after you, wish you the best and simply want to share special moments in life with you, Crete is a safe choice.
Discover ancient traditional customs and traditions
From November to March is the time for the olive harvest and, especially in the countryside, almost every Cretan is a proud owner of olive trees. Due to the often difficult terrain, harvesting is still done using traditional methods (spreading nets, beating olives from the tree with sticks). At least every other day, the filled sacks are taken to the olive mill.
And from mid-October, columns of smoke rise from the landscape all over Crete. This is when the raki distilleries are put into operation, of which almost every village has at least one.
Take exciting cultural time journeys into history and myth
Crete not only delights holidaymakers with its fantastic beaches and diverse nature, but also has a rich cultural heritage.
Mythology and history are closely intertwined here and are brought to life by numerous archaeological sites and historical buildings. Walk in the footsteps of Europe's earliest advanced civilisation, discover the treasures of Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman architecture at your leisure and without annoying queues, and learn to understand how the Cretans see themselves!
Take part in the vibrant nightlife and get to know the music of Crete
In Chania you will find a very lively nightlife all year round: numerous nightclubs, rock & metal bars, live stages etc. await you in the old town and surrounding area.
An exciting and extremely lively encounter with timeless sounds is Crete's own music with its dances, which already enchanted the heroes of old. Since then, the magic of Cretan music has continued to permeate new generations of people. Once you have heard it, you will never forget it.
Stay fit and healthy even on holiday
Our gym, with a unique 180-degree view of the sea, is equipped with the latest cardio machines and weight stations, as well as other special equipment for your individual or group training: treadmills, cross trainers, bicycle ergometers, rowing machines, Kinesis and TRX.
Stay fit and healthy by achieving your personal training goals even on holiday.
A personal fitness trainer is available on request.
Everything on your doorstep
Imagine being able to have both city life and rural idyll; sandy beaches and rugged mountains; ancient history and vibrant culture; all the comforts of a luxury hotel combined with adventures in hiking and kayaking.
With Crete's incredible diversity, this means that it is possible to experience many activities, landscapes and settlements from one location. It means that far from home, you can truly treat yourself to a luxury hotel and enjoy it to the fullest, while many activities and opportunities open up to you.
Crete is well accessible even in winter
Although there are no direct charter flights from the beginning of November to the end of March, as in the summer months, the island remains very well connected with most European cities. Several airlines offer flights mostly via Athens or Thessaloniki to both Heraklion and Chania, Crete. The connecting flight is usually organised to minimise waiting time at the airport.
Tip: Select Chania as your first airport of destination. Alternatively, select Heraklion to see other flight options.
When choosing Crete as a holiday destination, there is no need to distinguish between beach and recreational holidays and other, alternative types of holidays, such as city breaks, hiking holidays, cultural or adventure holidays. You can simply combine them as you like! This is exactly what makes Crete such a unique destination...
What would you like to experience while on holiday in 2023 in Crete?
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- Discover amazing beaches
- Stroll through old towns
- Drive off-road with a jeep
- Cycle through beautiful nature
- Get inspired in a museum
- Visit secluded monasteries
- Enter stalactite caves
- Admire archaeological sites
- Explore pristine villages
- Dare extreme sports
- Hike through impressive gorges
- Get to know Crete's finest delicatessen