If you're a traveler on a budget and you want to enjoy the best the Greek island of Crete has to offer without spending an arm and a leg, you can. It just takes a little planning. Cheap but serviceable hotels on the beaches of Crete are abundant, and visitors can enjoy excellent rates if they sidestep the tourist crowds that flock to Greece during the height of summer.
Insiders suggest that tourists looking to do Crete on the cheap are wise to visit during the low season (fall/winter), or during late spring and early autumn. During the winter, Crete still enjoys ample sunshine and warm temperatures, but the tourist crowds are thin and rates at hotels are slashed. In the late spring and early autumn, the island's tourism services are in full swing but the crowds aren't as thick as they are during the months of June, July and August.
Choice Matters in Cheap Crete Hotels
For budget travelers who squirm past the teeming summer masses, unparalleled choice in cheap hotels, villas and vacation rentals can be found. Remember that Crete has much more to offer visitors than miles of sandy beaches. It is one of the richest historical districts of Greece, steeped in the ancient myths and legends that made the Greeks famous.
Enjoy its dramatic mountains, incredible gorges, and explore the interior for a taste of small-town Greek life punctuated by the scents of the herbs, flowers and olive groves that grow wild. Tour its historic sites for a trip into civilization's ancient past, and cruise along its breathtaking southern coast. A great vacation awaits!
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