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Crete Location Map

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Crete Location Map in Greece

Crete Location Map - here is the location of the island of Crete in the south of Greece.

This is the largest island in Greece with hundreds of beaches, four capital towns, three mountain ranges, forests, olive groves, vineyards and rugged gorges to explore. We love Crete for her beauty and her people, and we are delighted to show you around. We have created this website as a hub for those who love Crete, and to share our personal rediscovery of the island of our heritage, of our grandparents and family.

Buy a Map

Good maps of Crete to buy online. We like the Anavasi maps and found them very useful for general touring. 

  • What country is the island of Crete located in?
  • Greece
  • What is the closest island to Crete?
  • Crete has small islands surrounding the main island, such as Chrissi Island, Gavdos Island and Dia Island. The closest nearby Greek Islands are Antikythira, Kythira, Santorini and Karpathos.
  • Where is ancient Crete?
  • Ancent Crete is the same island, which has been inhabited for thousands of years, with the complex civilisation of the Minoans dating from 2600 BC. Many ancient sites can be visited on the island, the most intriguing being the Palace at Knossos near Heraklion.
  • Where on the map is Crete?
  • Crete or Kriti is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea.
  • How far is Crete from Santorini?
  • Crete is 148 km from Santorini and fast ferries make the journey in about 2 hours.

E4 Walking Path Guide with Maps

A yellow and black E4 walking path marker

E4 walking path in Crete - overviewE4 walking path in Crete - an overview

Crete Location Map - the E4 European walking path Cretan section starts in the west of the island at Kastelli-Kissamos and tracks 320 km through some of the most beautiful countryside in Crete. It finishes at Kato Zakros in the east. Or, of course, you can do it the other way around, or do bits at a time. The trail is not always marked, it has some yellow and black E4 markers along the way. It is always good to check with the locals before starting any hike or walk in Kriti, especially in the mountains.

Walkers will choose the 1:25,000 Anavasi maps to detail these routes.

The Cretan Way by Luca Gianotti is an invaluable guide for this trail. It has detailed descriptions of the route, maps, GPS references and more.

E4 Walking Path in southern CreteE4 Walking Path in southern Crete

Trip Guide Booklets with Maps
by We Love Crete

Looking for a route guide in the west of Crete?

Or do you prefer to travel to the east of the island?

We have written these mini guides with the best of those regions into a five-day trip for independent travellers.

Take some time and a car and you can explore the rugged, beautiful interior of the island of Kriti, as well as visit some sandy beaches.

Everyone knows Crete as a seaside and beach destination, and that an average of 300 days of sunshine a year means more chances of bliss on the shore. As an independent traveller, who wants to do more than just laze on the beach, it can be difficult to plan a great route without local knowledge of the island. That is where we come in...

Our e-books Five Days in the West of Crete and Five Days in the East of Crete solve that challenge for those travellers with a car.

Our e-books West Crete by Bus and East Crete by Bus give practical routes for independent travel by local bus.

Crete Location Map
Town Maps of Crete

Crete Location Map - the four regions or peripheria of Crete from west to east are:

The capital town of each are shown below, each with their own map with our selection of accommodation for your stay in Crete.

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See all our interactive maps of Crete here

Below you will find interactive maps for the four major capital towns, Chania, Rethymnon, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos.

The harbour of Chania at dusk

Chania Town

See the map below for our accommodation selections in Chania town.

Here are some excellent online maps of Chania town...from the Chania local government website.

Old Harbour of Rethymnon

Rethymnon Town

The map below shows our personal accommodation selections in Rethymnon town for you.

Heraklion Liondaria fountain

Heraklion Town

The map below shows the accommodation selections we have chosen for you in Heraklion town.

Agios Nikolaos

The map below shows our accommodation selections for you in Agios Nikolaos.

Where to Find Hard Copy Maps in Crete

Crete Location Map - where to find real hands-on, physical, hard-copy, old-fashioned maps in Crete.

In Chania visit Mediterraneo Bookstore at 57 Akti Kountourioti Street on the western side of the old harbour. They have a wide range of guides and maps, walking maps and hiking maps. And a good map of Chania town.

In the Old Town of Rethymnon visit Mediterraneo Editions at 41 Palaiologou Konstantinou Street, just around the corner from the leondaria, for a wide range of books and maps including hiking maps.

In Agios Nikolaos visit Karteri at 5 Roussos Koundourou Street on the eastern side of the harbour. Here you will find a wide range of guides and maps as well as foreign language books and Greek dictionaries in many languages.

Getting to Crete

Take a 1 hour flight from Athens to Heraklion with Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air, with many flights available per day.

Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.

More on flights and ferries below.

Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.

When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and easy online booking. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid, electric or regular vehicles.

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We trust you have enjoyed these tips from the We Love Crete team. Evíva!

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