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Crete Travel Books - Route Guides

Here at We Love Crete we have had many questions from independent  travellers about what to do in a short time in the west or east of the island - these e-books have evolved out of the questions from travellers who love Crete.

Katia, Anastasi and Apostoli have created these mini-guides with trip routes on the back roads of Crete.

Either of the short itineraries can be expanded; each guide has suggestions of alternative routes and extra activities.



West Crete by Car

Crete Greece - Trip Ideas - Five Days in the West of Crete by Car or Motorcycle
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West Crete by Car

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


Crete Travel Books - Route Guide - this guide has suggestions from Anastasi, Apostoli and Katia and includes wine-tasting, visits to archaeological sites, organic fresh food at local tavernas, visits to historic sites, tiny mountain villages, country roads, old Venetian townships, great beaches and plenty of space away from crowds, to discover the real Crete.

5 Days in the West of Crete – by Car or Motorcycle includes a live-link map, accommodation suggestions, details about the whole island and Greek names for those pesky road signs (written in Greek)!



East Crete by Car

Crete Greece - Trip Ideas - Five Days in the East of Crete by Car or Motorcycle
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East Crete by Car

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


Crete Travel Books - Route Guide - this travel guide with contributions from Anastasi, Apostoli and Katia includes visits to archaeological sites, traditional Cretan cuisine at local tavernas, visits to historic sites, tiny mountain villages, country roads, isolated beaches, the only palm forest in Europe and again, provides route choices away from the madding crowd, to explore authentic Cretan life.

5 Days in the East of Crete by Car or Motorcycle includes a live-link map, detailed history of the regions, accommodation suggestions, and the names of all the towns and villages in Greek script.




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West and East Crete by Car or Motorbike

West and East Crete by Car or Motorbike
48 pages in two books
Only €11.00 EUR for two books



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West Crete by Bus

Crete Greece - Trip Ideas - 10 Days in the West of Crete by Bus - ebook
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West Crete 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


Crete Travel Books - Route Guide

Travel for 5 or 7 or 10 Days in the West of Crete by Bus with these handy tips making it easier to enjoy your independence and keep your budget low.

See Knossos, Heraklion, Rethymnon and the historic Arkadi Monastery. Visit the long wide beach of Georgioupolis and the narrow laneways of Chania Old Town, then decide with our guidance how you want to visit the south coast of Chania and see the remote beaches, including Elafonisi Beach in the protected natural zone.

Links to bus information, tips on buses in Crete, all you need to get on your way tomorrow for your unforgettable holidays on Crete...

This e-book includes a live-link map, detailed options on how to visit Samaria Gorge, accommodation suggestions, and the names of the towns and villages in Greek script.


Crete Travel Books
East Crete by Bus

Crete Greece - Trip Ideas - 10 Days in the East of Crete by Bus - ebook
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East Crete by Bus

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


Crete Travel Books - Route Guide

Travel for 5 or 7 or 10 Days in the East of Crete by Bus with these handy tips making it easier to enjoy your independence and keep your budget low.

See Knossos, Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos and the historic Spinalonga Island. Travel east to the humming town of Sitia and then visit the stunning and unique Vai Beach and Palm Forest and the haunted caves of Zakros Gorge, relax at Kato Zakros, miles from anywhere. Then travel on untrodden paths across the centre of the east to Makrigialos and then visit crystalline waters at Chrissi Island in protected natural bliss.

Links to bus information, tips on buses in Crete, all you need to get on your way tomorrow for your unforgettable holidays on Crete.

This ebook includes a live-link map, options on how to visit Zakros Gorge, accommodation suggestions, and the names of the towns and villages in Greek script.


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West and East Crete by Bus ebook bundle


West and East Crete by Bus
97 pages in two books
Only €11.00 EUR for two books


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Get on the road in CreteDriving to the south coast of Crete

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Crete bus travel is smooth and easyModern, comfortable buses are used for regional services by KTEL Crete


Getting Here

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 Rental in Crete

When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by Harry and his team.


Crete Travel Books - Kriti is a large island 260 by 60 km with hundreds of miles of roads, it really makes sense to hire a car. There are large mountain ranges, wide valleys and farming land, hundreds of beaches and four major towns to visit. Self-drive explorations off-the-beaten-track are rewarding, with something new to discover at every turn...


Bus Travel - if you do not want to drive or want to extend your travel budget by taking local transport, the good news is that Crete has a fantastic regional bus service, and you can explore the island easily and cheaply by bus, just with a little more time up your sleeve.




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Meronas Eco House is in Meronas Village in the very centre of the island of Crete

In Central Crete - drive from Rethymnon to Meronas in the Amari Valley 32 km, explore the valley then stay at Meronas Eco House


Orelia Villa near Kamilari Village in southern Crete

Drive south from Heraklion to see the ancient sites of Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys then relax at Orelia Villa, a 70 km trip total ending only 1.5 km from the sea