British Consulate: Heraklion: 00 30 28102 24012; gov.uk
Tourist police: 171
Tourism Office: 00 30 28102 28225; Xanthoudidou 1, Heraklion
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.
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.