Sunday Times 2013 Recommendations

 Luxury… and seven handbags by Liadan Hynes

‘The Pure Crete people thoughtfully equip each house with an arrival package which includes various foods, so afterlunching on our terrace – salad with yoghurt for dessert, we fell asleep in the shade.’

Review from The Independent  March 2013

 Catherine Mack is a travel writer with a special interest in responsible tourism, Click here to read the article from The Irish Times of 7th November 2009, about her stay at a Pure Crete property in the village of Aptera.

‘There should be more companies like this, which aim to not only support the local economy but also to preserve Cretan culture’.

Click here to see the review in The Observer  of 8th June 2008


 As the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Crete approaches, Nigel Richardson retraces his father’s footsteps.

Crete, Greece: Ghostly soldiers on the Battle of Crete anniversary

The Daily Telegraph The Times
Western Crete Report All Quiet on the Western Front
The Financial Times The Mail on Sunday
Article Article
Classic FM Choice Magazine
Gaze Beyond the Milky Way Off the Cretan Track
She The Lady
Autumn Crete Crete on the Quiet Side
Amateur Gardening The Independent
Article Where the Wild Flowers Grow In Search of the Cretan Tulip

 Which? Guide to the Greek Islands:

Crete is a sightseers paradise with an extraordinary range of art and architecture, historic and prehistoric . . . Thanks to its rugged mountains and a rugged friendliness among the local population western Crete is unforgettable

The Rough Guide:

Crete is a great deal more than just another Greek island . . . when you lose yourself among the mountains and the less-known coastal reaches of the south it has everything you could want of a Greek island and more: great beaches, remote hinterlands and hospitable people. Every part of Crete has its loyal devotees and it’s hard to pick out the highlights, but generally if you want to get away from it all you should head west.


Living in Crete:

‘Information you need if moving to Crete. Living and working in Crete, Greece. Retiring to Crete. Ex-pats in Crete. Accommodation, buying and renting property, cost, employment, finding a job, IKA,  schools, importing a car, red tape, learning Greek.  …  just a few of the things you may be wondering about the life in Crete’ go to:

The Archaeological Museum of Chania is housed in the katholikon of the Venetian monastery of St. Francis. During the period of the Turkish occupation it was the Muslim mosque of Yussuf Pasha, while in modern times it was used as a cinema or a storehouse for military equipment. Since 1963 it has been functioning as the cities Archaeological Museum. Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum houses temporary exhibitions as well as music concerts.

Pure Crete is a member of The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AiTO). We can recommend the following links to fellow AiTO members websites:   Tailor-made holidays in Northern Europe  Walk with your friends in lesser-know Europe (currently not members of AITO)  Holildays in the Ancient World    Escorted world-wide wine tours    The specialist in green Spain, for self catering holidays   Mobile homes on superb sandy beeches  Cycling and walking holidays in France    Nature tours  Quality villas, apartments, fincas & hotels

These are some of the best and most useful general Crete websites:


Directories etc.:

Laskarina Holidays

For many years now Laskarina Holidays has specialised in travel to unspoilt Greek Islands, with the exception of Crete. In their exploration of the Greek islands there will be many Pure Crete travellers who will have traveled with Laskarina Holidays and many Laskarina travellers who have traveled with Pure Crete.

As the founder of Laskarina Holidays has now decided to retire,  Laskarina Holidays will  no longer be available for 2008.

If you have travelled with Laskarina Holidays in the past we are sure you will appreciate Pure Crete’s holidays in the future, as we are a company that values Crete’s environment and culture. We specialise in locally owned village houses, some with pools and others near to the sea. So if you liked Laskarina we look forward to welcoming you to Pure Crete for a holiday in 2007.

Louise Killner, from Laskarina Holidays, has been appointed Operations Manager at Pure Crete having spent 4 years with Laskarina Holidays in Derby followed by a year at Laskarina in Bolney. Louise helped Laskarina Holidays relocate and has been a central player in Laskarina reservations and dealing with Laskarina clients.Now that Laskarina has decided not to offer holidays in 2007 Louise has been appointed by Pure Crete. Laskarina has provided specialist holidays to the Greek Islands excluding Crete for many years. Similarly Pure Crete offers specialist holidays to discerning customers to Crete.

Said Louise “I really enjoyed myself at Laskarina holidays and am now relishing the opportunity to take on new challenges in Pure Crete. I am really attracted by the environmental focus of Pure Crete and am aware of its strong reputation over many years. I believe my experience in Laskarina will help Pure Crete go from strength to strength. Having already visited Crete I am delighted that the properties that Pure Crete offer would certainly appeal to Laskarina clients and that the team in Crete, like in the UK, are so friendly and professional. It really is a home from home and I’m happy to be making a difference to something I care about.”

Said Robert Brooks at Pure Crete “Louise brings great experience from Laskarina Holidays to Pure Crete and really understands the type of clients both we and Laskarina have attracted over many years.”

Tapestry Holidays

Similarly, Tapestry Holidays has been offering holidays to unspoilt locations, including Crete, for many years. However, in 2007 Tapestry Holidays will not be providing holidays to Crete. Pure Crete has been pleased to offer Tapestry Holidays clients’ holidays in the past and offers a particularly warm welcome to Tapestry holiday clients in 2008.