Crete Travel Guide – Books

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Books about the Island of
Crete, Greece

Crete Travel Guide we are happy to show you some of the best books about Crete including guides.

If you are looking for a map of Crete Greece you will find good ones here.

Kazantzakis is featured on our Crete Literature page.

Crete Travel Guide Books

Independent Crete - Five Days in the West of Crete by Car or Motorcycle

Our love of Crete and sharing her story has led us to build this website and be in touch with hundreds of travellers, who are looking to explore Crete and get a little bit off the beaten track.

Many people ask us questions like "What shall I see in the west of Crete?...I only have five days…?" And so our first e-book was born and we trust you enjoy your travels with it...

Five Days in the West of Crete by Car or Motorcycle... by the We Love Crete team

Independent Crete - Five Days in the East of Crete by Car or Motorcycle

Then people said "What shall I do with five days in the east of the island?" and so our second e-book was born...

Five Days in the East of Crete by Car or Motorcycle...

Put the two together and you have the trip of a lifetime, all around Crete.

Both e-books include a live link map, route tips, back road ideas, accommodation suggestions and allow you to create your own unique trip.

Bus Trip Guides

Then the independent travellers, who wanted to take the local buses, started asking us for tips - "How can I see the west of Crete by bus?"

And so our next two e-books were born. Stretch out your exploration of Crete for as long as you like, using these guides as a starting point.

Travel Guidebooks

The one and only travel guidebook we have ever needed for Crete is the Lonely Planet guide, they have one for Crete and one for the Greek Islands. These and other guide books are available for purchase below.
Highly recommended.

Travel Reading - Our Picks

Reading about Crete and Greece before and during your trip will enliven the culture and history and bring alive so much understanding as you travel through the island.

Sometimes, light reading will open up the imagination much more easily than a historic tome, we have included some quality memoirs and travel writing below, as well as some popular historic fiction. All highly recommended.

  • 1941 - The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller
  • 1946 - Zorba the Greek - Βίος και Πολιτεία του Αλέξη Ζορμπά
  • 1964 - Two Faces of January - Patricia Highsmith
  • 1973 - Villa Ariadne by Dilys Powell
  • 1974 - Winds of Crete by David MacNeil Doren
  • 2003 - The Taste of Honey, Crete on the Half Shell by Byron Ayanoglu
  • 2006 - The Island by Victoria Hislop
  • 2006 - The Memory of Tides by Angelos Loukakis
  • 2007 - The Golden Step: A Walk Through the Heart of Crete by Christopher Somerville
  • 2007 - Crete - Literary Travel by Barry Unsworth
  • 2008 - Crete - Discovering the Great Island by John Freely
  • 2013 - The Girl Under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming
  • 2019 - Uniquely Crete by Melanie Crane
  • 2019 - The Lost Lyra by Richard Clark


The Nelles maps are excellent, as are the Anavasi maps.

There are more maps of Crete on this page...

On the island, a place to find a good range of maps is Taxidiotiko Bibliopolio Mystis Road ~ Travel Bookstore on Handakos 29 in Iraklion (you just walk down between the trees from the Liondaria). You can find road maps, walking maps and hiking maps with good detail. Here is also a good map of Heraklion town.

Crete Travel Guide
Flora & Fauna

Gypaetus barbatus - Bearded Vulture (image by Jayhem)

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Travel to the Greek Islands
Travel to Athens
Crete to Santorini