The largest island in Greece has long been hailed a holiday favourite by sunseeking Britons. 

Crete boasts sandy beaches fringed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Luxury hotels line the coast, offering up a multitude of choice for holidaymakers. 

But with summer in full swing many Britons are wondering how safe Europe is for tourists. 

While several popular holiday destinations have a very likely threat of terror, Greece has been deemed relatively safe in comparison.

Crete holidays travel advice

Crete holidays: How safe is the Greek island to visit in summer 2017?

Terrorist attacks in Greece can’t be ruled out

Foreign Office

The Foreign Office (FCO) travel advice reassures UK nationals that most visits to the country are free from trouble. 

But the FCO has warned tourists to be vigilant regardless. 

It said: “Terrorist attacks in Greece can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. 

“High profile British interests in Greece should be vigilant and regularly review their security measures.

“There have been several attacks involving explosives and automatic weapons against Greek institutions, shopping malls, media interests, diplomatic targets and the police.

Crete holidays travel advice

Crete holidays: The FCO advises most visits to Greece are trouble free

“British nationals aren’t normally considered a specific target, but attacks could happen in places visited by foreigners.

“There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.”

Crete itself is considerably safer than other parts of Greece, such as Athens, where protests are regularly taking place across the city. 

Tourists are advised to be mindful of their behaviour particularly when consuming alcohol. 

The FCO said: “The Greek police won’t accept rowdy or indecent behaviour, especially where excessive drinking is involved. 

Crete holidays travel advice

Crete holidays: Around 2.7 million British tourists visit the Greek island every year

“Greek courts impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently. Your travel insurance may not cover you after drinking.”

Travellers should also carry a copy of their passport or other photo ID at all times to confirm British nationality. 

Your passport needs to be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

While Britain remains a member of the EU, British nationals can continue to travel freely to Crete without a visa. 

The EHIC card is also still valid for holidays, at least until Brexit negotiations are finalised. 

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