Crete Resorts To Avoid

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

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There is no doubt that Crete is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece (and in the world). There is so much history, an incredible landscape to explore, and some stunning beaches and great food. However, there are many Crete resorts to avoid as they do not offer the level of experience or service that a traveller would require nowadays or the area they are in is not good.

It’s either the location, the vibes, the services or even the facilities that make the following areas not ideal for many people and it’d be better if they will be avoided.

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Obviously, many people would think that there is no bad resort or area; there are just low prices. And this can actually be true because usually, you get what you pay for. But in many cases, there are some resorts that can definitely be avoided in Crete and I am explaining below why.

Keep reading…

Where to Stay in Crete
Best Villas in Crete
Best Hotels in Chania
Best Hotels in Rethymno
Best Chania Beaches


  • Where to Stay in Crete: Unless you are staying in an all-inclusive resort or at a unique villa, then you would definitely need a car on the island and more than 5 days in total. The best area to stay in Crete is the western part of the island or the “Chania prefecture, as it has the most picturesque villages, the gorgeous Samaria Gorge, the beautiful beaches of Balos, Falassarna, Platanias, Elafonissi and obviously the most picturesque town of Crete which is Chania old town

  • Where Are the Best Hotels in Crete: the best hotels in Crete are scattered everywhere on the island but mostly the Elounda beach area and the beachfront towns of Heraklion perfecture have the most impressive resorts. 
  • Crete Resorts to Avoid: I don’t want to name and shame hotels in this post but rather areas and towns. is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Athens, Santorini , Mykonos & Crete (more than Airbnb!)

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So…without further ado, let’s see the Crete Resorts to Avoid:

1. Malia

malia drunk
Yes, you will see drunk people in Malia…usually between the ages of 18-25 years old and usually from the UK

Malia is a lovely resort town just outside of Heraklion that used to be a small fishing village with a nice sandy beach. Back in the early 90’s some UK tour operators started advertising Malia as the new hot spot for teenagers. They started offering very cheap holiday packages with the promise of unlimited booze, incredible nightlife and sunny weather. I am not going to lie to you: if I was a middle or lower-class 18 year old girl from Norwich, then that would be the perfect holiday. But let’s be honest: this kind of tourism has ruined not only the local economy of Malia but also…the stomachs of all those kids who have visited Malia for the last 3 decades. So, yes, Malia is a Crete resort to avoid if possible.

2. Hersonissos

Hersonissos is pretty much like Malia: cheap drinks for teenagers

Hersonissos is a resort town that you should really avoid. It is a very popular town with a lovely beach but again it’s full of teenagers (from the UK mainly) looking to get cheap drinks and get wasted. If that’s your thing, then go for it…! But I would rather consider Hersonaissos another Crete resort to avoid as there are also lots of nasty hotels in the area.

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I believe that there is no Crete resort to avoid but it’s just some areas that are not for everyone. Crete is a lovely greek island but modern tourism has recently destroyed many areas providing cheap drinking with dodgy accommodation

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions under the post you are interested to and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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