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  • Maybe you want to know exactly how far your accommodation is from the beach?
  • Do you need to know the best way to walk the Samaria Gorge?
  • Maybe you want to know about car hire in Crete?
  • Do you want to choose between East and West of the island?

We have been asked many questions about travel in Kriti and we are happy to help. We have built up this website to contain as many answers as we can, based on so many questions from visitors on these pages.

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West Crete by Car or Motorcycle ebook
West Crete by Car ebook

We have put together an itinerary Five Days in the West of Crete by Car or Motorcycle which starts in Heraklion and ends in either Heraklion or Chania, with a suggested itinerary that takes in Knossos, country villages, beautiful valleys, wineries, the foothills of Psiloritis, Rethymnon, Chania, historic sites and plenty of beaches.

This guide is perfect for independent travellers who like to get off the beaten track. 

The guide to the west of Crete includes the following destinations:

•    Knossos Palace
•    Zaros Village
•    Amari Valley
•    Old Town Rethymnon
•    Lake Kournas
•    Old Town Chania
•    Samaria Gorge
•    Balos Lagoon
•    Topolia Gorge
•    Elafonisi Beach

East Crete by Car or Motorcycle - ebook
East Crete by Car ebook

We have also compiled all our favourite places in the east of Crete for another e-book Five Days in the East of Crete by Car or Motorcycle which also starts and concluded in Heraklion.

Again, this book is perfect for independent travellers and takes in the back roads and corners of the real Crete.

This wonderful guide to the east of the island visits the following destinations:

•    Knossos
•    Lasithi Plateau
•    Dikti Cave
•    Elounda
•    Spinalonga
•    Agios Nikolaos
•    Sitia
•    Kato Zakros
•    Zakros Palace
•    Vai Beach
•    Kritsa

West of Crete by Bus ebook
West Crete by Bus eBook

West Crete by Bus with 55 pages of tips and suggestions for budget travel from Heraklion to Chania, visiting many of the beautiful locations in western Crete, all by independent travel by bus.

This wonderful guide to the west of the island visits the following destinations:

•    Knossos
•    Rethymnon Old Town
•    Arkadi
•    Georgioupolis
•    Chania Old Town
•    Samaria Gorge
•    Agia Roumeli
•    Sougia
•    Agia Irini Gorge
•    Paleochora
•    Elafonisi Beach
•    Balos Lagoon

East Crete by Bus ebook
East Crete by Bus eBook

East Crete by Bus with 62 pages of tips:

  • Have easy access to the route with our live-link map and clickable website links
  • Local bus tips and bus timetable information, bus station tips and trip plans
  • Choose from 5, 7 or 10 day trip options

This wonderful guide to the east of the island visits the following destinations:

•    Knossos
•    Agios Nikolaos
•    Elounda
•    Spinalonga Island
•    Sitia
•    Vai Beach and Palm Forest
•    Palekastro
•    Zakros Gorge
•    Kato Zakros
•    Makrigialos
•    Ierapetra
•    Chrissi Island

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Travel to Athens

Crete Travel Advice - if you would like to take in the ancient capital of Athens on your way to or from Crete, we have tips and suggestions for you to enjoy Athens here.

From accommodation, tours and walking tips, we love Athens and share our experiences here.

Greek Islands Travel

Crete Travel Advice - we have travelled and explored many of the islands from Crete and here we share our tips and guidance for travel in the Greek Islands

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Getting Here

There are two international airports in Crete:

Flights arrive from Athens just about every hour in summer. The duration of the flight from Athens to either Chania or Heraklion is about one hour.

More information about flights and ferries below.

Hire Car

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.

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