Crete Travel Information

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Crete Scene Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. The island is mostly mountainous with a high mountain range crossing from west to east. It includes Crete's highest point, Mount Ida. Although Heraklion is the largest city and the administrative capital, many visitors choose to stay in Chania. Chania is more consistently pretty than Heraklion with its its beautiful architecture and storefronts.

Things to do in Crete: Old Venetian Harbor • Chania Lighthouse • The Palace of Knossos • Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos • Balos Lagoon • Botanical Park & Gardens

Highly rated hotels in Crete: Atlantica Kalliston Resort • Serenissima Boutique Hotel • Domes Zeen Chania, a Luxury Collection Resort • Casa Delfino Hotel & Spa • Domus Renier Boutique Hotel • Elia Fatma Hanoum Boutique Hotel • Sansal Boutique Hotel • Pandora Suites Hotel



Greece's electricity is 230V 50Hz and uses plug types C & F
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Great Circle Distance between Heathrow and Chania International Airport is 1,639 miles, with a flight time of approx 3.5 hrs. Crete's IATA airport code is CHQ.


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Climate: Crete has a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot sunny summers. In summer, it almost never rains with the bulk of the rain occurring from October to March. In winter, from December to mid-March, the temperatures are generally mild, although the wind can feel cold. For its southern location, Crete is less exposed to cold spells than other Greek islands but the temperature at night in winter can sometimes approach freezing. Bad weather can occur in winter, with wind and rain, so the sun is not always guaranteed. From mid-May to mid-September, the Meltemi (or Etesian) blows from the northwest and can make the sea rough. The southern coasts are more sheltered from this wind, especially in the coastal stretches that are located to the south of the mountains. However, the Meltemi has the merit of making the heat more bearable, together with the lighter summer afternoons breezes. During summer, heat waves from Africa can occur, with peaks of 35°C on the coast and 40°C inland. The best time for a beach holiday in Crete is from June to mid-September.

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BA Tier Points Earned

Route 1LON‑CHQ
(BA) ba



TOTAL
(SGL)
TOTAL
(RTN)
Economy40 4080
WTP
Business80 80160
First
 

Economy Tier Points shown are based on fully flexible fares. 'Low' Economy earns 50% of the shown amount. 'Lowest' Economy fares earn 25% of shown amount.

When journey is booked in World Traveler Plus or First and those cabins don't exist on particular legs, the next cabin down will be used on those legs for points collection.

When booking with BA, tier points can be earned on the following Oneworld Oneworld Alliance ® airlines:
asAlaska Airlines, aaAmerican Airlines, baBritish Airways, cxCathay Pacific, ayFinnair, ibIberia, jlJapan Airlines, mhMalaysia Airlines, qfQantas, qrQatar Airways, atRoyal Air Maroc, rjRoyal Jordanian, s7S7 Airlines, ulSriLankan Airlines



Avios Required (per leg) for BA Redemption Flight from London to Crete, (Zone 3, 1,150-2,000 miles)

Cabin Off Peak TravelPeak Travel
Economy9,25010,750
Club17,75020,750


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