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48 hours in . . . Crete, an insider guide to Greece’s most storied isle

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Essential information

British Consulate: Heraklion: 00 30 28102 24012; gov.uk

Tourist police: 171

Ambulance: 166

Fire: 199

Tourism Office: 00 30 28102 28225; Xanthoudidou 1, Heraklion

The basics

Currency: Euro (€)

Telephone code: 00 30 

Time difference: +2 hour

Languages: Kritikoi (Cretan patois), Greek

Flight time: Around four hours

Local laws and etiquette

Cretans are relaxed about sartorial style, but they appreciate modest clothing (no shorts or crop tops) when visiting churches and other religious places – and you are expected to remove headgear when entering. Nude sunbathing near Cretan families is considered extremely rude, and is only acceptable on designated beaches.

Author bio

Heidi Fuller-Love is Telegraph Travel’s Crete expert. Seeking clean seas and Cretan food she moved to Greece’s ‘big island’ ten years ago. A fan of local music, she learnt Greek by listening to Cretan mantinades.



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