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Driving in Chania - yes, to see Crete it is better to hire a car. It is a large island 260 x 60 km and there is so much to see, especially the wonderful beaches, which are some distance apart, and the hillside villages, back roads, nature trails, mountains and gorges.
If you have only a few days in Crete, you will benefit from hiring a vehicle and exploring the region of Chania in the west.
We are confident that you will be looked after by the team at Car Rental Centre Crete. You can have a vehicle ready for you at Chania Airport. It is a very good service by a local team, with hybrid vehicles available, a large variety of other vehicles to choose from, easy online booking, no hidden insurance costs as everything is quoted up-front, and personalised service.
The region of Chania in the west of Crete has some of the most diverse scenery and culture of Greece, brimming with new discoveries. The beaches on the north and south coasts are separated by a large mountain range - named The White Mountains - in the centre of the island. The capital of the region is the fascinating Venetian town of Chania.
In the White Mountains is the famous Gorge of Samaria in the Samaria National Park. This gorge walk is one of the most popular on the island, it is a one-way 16 km hike, not for the faint-hearted. A shorter hike can be taken in Agia Irini Gorge.
Shown below are highlights of your car touring.
Driving in Chania - villa and cottage accommodation at the beach or in the countryside is much easier with a car in Crete. Here we suggest some relaxing accommodation which is best visited with a car for complete privacy and flexibility, with distances from the airport:
Driving in Chania - the northern and southern coast, as well as the western coast of Chania all have great beaches. Make a simple choice to stay within the walls of the Old Town of Chania, and use your car for day trips to the beach. Below we show you some of the best, with return distances from Chania town:
Driving in Chania - it is in the small villages of Chania that the real character of the island can be found. Take your car along small back roads to discover the following villages, here we note return distances from Chania town:
Driving in Chania - visit the beautiful natural mountainous areas of the region with your own private vehicle. Four wheel drive vehicles are not essential, unless you want to go 'off road', which is not advisable in these high mountain areas. Stick to the road. Keep yourself safe and respect the ecology of the mountains.
Here are distances for the return day drive from Chania town:
Driving in Chania - visit the exciting and cosmopolitan towns of western Crete with your hire car
2 day itinerary for driving in Crete - arriving into Heraklion and exploring the region of Heraklion then Rethymnon by back roads and departing via Chania. A customised itinerary with accommodation suggestions. Drive yourself with tips from the We Love Crete team
Route Guides - our e-books give alternative routes in the west and east of the island. The guides are designed for self-driving by car or motorbike.
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 an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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