|Top holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£116|
|Family holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£116|
|Romantic holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£314|
|Budget holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£86|
Tucked away nicely between Hersonissos and Malia on Crete's northeast coast, Stalis is a relaxed, sophisticated resort which is not only blessed with soft white sand, crystal blue waters and picture postcard sunsets; it is also perfectly positioned to provide easy access to a whole swathe of great things to see and do.
Although holidaymakers can make the 3¾ flight from the UK any time of the year, most visitors to tend to take holidays to Stalis in between May and October as this when Crete enjoys high temperatures, low levels of humidity and seemingly endless sunshine. The average high temperature is 22°C in May, 26°C in June and a glorious 28°C in June and August. Fortunately, these high temperatures are tempered by a refreshing sea breeze which makes the twelve hours of brilliant sunshine each day feel resplendent rather than overbearing. The time zone in Crete is GMT+2.
While splashing around in the sea (or the nearby waterparks) and enjoying a few sundowners and souvlaki dishes in one of the beachfront tavernas is indeed a treat; no holiday to Stalis is complete without seeing the Minoan palace at Knossos and the volcanic island of Santorini. The Venetian architecture and imposing castle at Knossos is an absolute cultural and visual delight while Santorini, with its white-washed villages, blue-domed churches and sunsets splashed with pastel shades, is arguably one of the prettiest islands in the Mediterranean - if not the world.
The beach itself is gloriously long and sandy, with a good selection of tavernas, bars and restaurants while the water is ideal for windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, diving and banana boat rides. Excursion wise, you can marvel at the Minoan palace at Knossos, take boat trips to the stunning island of Santorini, explore the nearby open-air museum of Lychnostatis and, of course, shop 'till you drop at Herklion.