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If you are heading off to the legendary landscapes of Crete from the UK, the island's main airports both give onward access to the popular tourist resorts of Malia, Piskopiano or Kokkini Hani. Low-cost airline Easyjet operates cheap flights to Heraklion or Chania. If you want to take a flight to Malia, the London airports offer numerous opportunities to fly to the airports of Heraklion and Chania (March to September) from London Gatwick, while the Greek company Aegean Airlines operates flights all year round with a stopover. The flight time is around 4 hours and the prices are affordable. There are also airlines that operate flights to Heraklion from London with a stopover in Athens, such as the Greek company Aegean Airlines, and via Zurich with Swiss International Air Lines. Even though it extends the journey time, you can also find flights with two stopovers, passing via Munich and Athens with Lufthansa, and via Vienna and Athens with Austrian Airlines. If you prefer to land in Chania, a less touristy but a very charming port city, the above airlines also offer flights to this destination (direct flights currently only available with Easyjet). Outside of London, there are flights, mostly direct, linking Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds/Bradford, East Midlands and Glasgow to Crete via Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2.com and Monarch Airlines. So during the summer season, Glasgow is only 4h30m from Heraklion with low-cost company Jet2.com. Crete is two hours ahead of the UK, so when it is midday in London, it is 2:00pm in Heraklion. The international airport in Heraklion, the capital bordering the very touristy north coast of Crete, is only 1 mile from the city centre. It is easy, and cheap, to get there by bus. This is the main arrival point for the thousands of tourists who visit Crete and its many beautiful seaside towns, such as Stalis, Hersonissos or Koutouloufari, each year. Chania Airport, the second largest on the island in terms of passengers, is 9 miles from the city centre and is located in the northwest of the island but still allows an easy transfer to Gouves, Elounda or Aghios Nikolaos.
Somewhere between Europe and Africa, the largest Greek island extends over 162 miles and reveals austere and wild landscapes. The Mediterranean colours and flavours come alive as you taste the traditional dishes made with olive oil and vegetables from the South, stroll around the many markets, breathe in the aromas of the wild mountain thyme, and enjoy a siesta in the shade of an olive tree. The land also has its own mythical legends: it is here that Minos, son of Zeus, was born, and that Daedalus designed the labyrinth to trap the Minotaur. Sheltered from the oppressive heat of July and August, spring and autumn are the ideal time to visit the island of gods in peace, to cross its three mountain ranges on long hikes, and to discover its local traditions. On the north coast, Heraklion, the administrative and economic capital, is the gateway to the unmissable antique site of Knossos, famous for its Minoan Palace, and home to a superb Archaeological Museum that is not to be missed either. Crete is perfect for both family and romantic holidays, where travellers can choose between relaxation on the miles of beach and hidden coves, exploring the caves and gorges nestled in the hollows of the limestone mountains, and visiting monuments such as the Monastery of Arkadi, which bears witness to the diversity of the island's many different inhabitants. There are numerous idyllic beach resorts too, for example Sissi, Agia Pelagia, Fodele or Rethymnon which are all accessed by flying into either Heraklion or Chania airport.