Adele Holidays - The best of old and new Crete
If you’re looking for somewhere to truly ‘go Greek’ on your Crete holidays, head a little inland from the resort of Rethymnon where you’ll find the pocket-sized village of Adele. Here tight lanes wind past whitewashed houses, family-run bars and tavernas welcome a mix of locals and visitors and life goes on as it has for centuries. Less than two miles away lie the golden sands of Adele Beach and all the leisure trappings of a popular Crete holiday resort. Adele really will give you the best of both worlds, both old and new, and is a fantastic base for getting acquainted with the real Crete.
When to go to Adele
If you’ve chosen to spend your holidays in Adele, it’s more than likely that you’re looking for a peaceful holiday away from the masses, and crowds are one thing Adele doesn’t have - unless you happen to be in the village for the annual feast on July 27th! However, if you head to the coast in the height of summer you’ll find the beaches more crowded than in the shoulder months of June and September. If you’ve no intention of being a beach bum and just want to sample true Crete, any time would be a good time to visit.
The weather in Adele
The north of Crete enjoys a magnificent Mediterranean climate, hot in summer and mild through winter. Expect the mercury to loiter around the 30s in July and August, slightly lower either side of these peak months. In winter, it can get a little chilly in the evening, and if you decide to explore further inland, the temperatures will get even cooler. Some rain is also likely during the winter months.
Getting the best deal to Adele
You’ll pay the highest rates during the summer school holiday period. Outside this time there are always great deals on offer from airlines and accommodation providers, especially from October through April. Also try shopping around airports. You can often find cheaper flights from regional airports rather than the main hubs. Check out the deals below or visit our late deal offers.
Airport and transport need to know
During the summer months there are plenty of charter flights to Chania airport and Heraklion airport from the main flight hubs as well as regional airports such as Newcastle, Belfast and Bristol. Both Crete airports lie approximately 45 miles from Adele. International and local car rental agencies are represented at either airport, and both are served by taxis and a bus service. If you do rent a car, remember to drive on the right!
The best beaches in Adele
Adele provides a great base for exploring both the interior, and the north coast of Crete and its amazing beaches. The nearest sandy playground is Adele Beach (see below) less than two miles from the old village though there are plenty of other options to satisfy every type of beach-goer - from the bucket and spade brigade to solace-seekers, and adrenaline junkies to naturists, both in Rethymnon and Chania, further along the coast.
Best Beach for lazing on a sun lounger: Adele beach, also known as Adelianos Kampos is one of the most popular family beaches in the area. It’s also the closest beach to the old village (just over a mile away), so if you just want some horizontal chill time in the sun, this is your best bet. There are also of bars and tavernas nearby so lunch and refreshments are never more than a short flip-flop stroll away.
Best Beach for activities: The main beach in Rethymnon, next to the Venetian harbour, offers nearly seven miles of golden sand with plenty of aquatic activities such as windsurfing, pedalos and jet skis as well as numerous bars and tavernas. And with so much space, even in the height of summer finding a vacant space to park your towel should never be a problem.
Best Beach for complete isolation: For a bit of down time on a secluded beach, head to Kalo Chorafi beach 23 miles east of Rethymnon. Follow the dirt track near the Chnaris tavern for around 200 metres and you’ll emerge at a shallow pebble bay lapped by incredibly clear waters. There are no facilities or services so pack what you need... and don’t forget a mask and snorkel.