What To Do in Crete Greece

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What to do in Crete Greece - to explore and get in touch with the culture of our magnificent island. Choose by location, west to east, or by type of activity. Explore mountains, cities and beaches.


Map of Crete showing the regions

Sailing

Sailing in Crete

Sailing on Mirabello Bay from Agios Nikolaos - this trip includes:

  • Full-day sailing trip on Mirabello Bay from Agios Nikolaos approx. 7.5 hours
  • Enjoy the sun, views, and sea air on a traditional sailboat
  • Stop to swim off Pseira Island in the middle of Mirabello Bay
  • Cruise to Agriomantra Bay for a swim overlooking its beach
  • For the final swim, visit a beautiful beach
  • Ideal for couples and families
  • 15 passengers or fewer
Sailing in Chania, Crete

Sailing in Chania - in the west of Crete:

  • We sail by Fortezza, with its cannon ports still intact to keep the pirates ships out of the bay. So close you can almost touch it!
  • With the view of the Aptera fort, the fort of the Idjedin prison just below it, past the beaches of Kalyves and Almyrides, the isle of Karga we reach for the lighthouse of Drapano.
  • With the White Mountains as a backdrop and always depending on wind direction, we may sail north-east to a very small cove with beautiful sandy waters or we may sail north-west around another small island to a beautiful lagoon.
  • We drop anchor where you can swim/snorkel and play in crystal clear turquoise waters.

To Do in Crete Greece
Outdoor Experiences

The White Mountains in Crete are considered 'high desert'The White Mountains in Crete are considered 'high desert'

Popular walks in this region include:

Other walking to do in Crete Greece:

Take a walking tour of the old town of Rethymnon, view churches, mosques, markets and fountains, and visit the Venetian Fortezza. This tour is only 4 hours and includes local wine and food tasting.

Or join the Happy Walkers for a daily walk any day of the week or head off to any of the gorges, mountains and valleys in this lush as well as rugged region of Crete.

Interesting walks to do in Crete Greece in this region include:

  • The Amari Valley including Patsos Gorge
  • Kourtaliotiko Gorge Walk
  • Kotsifou Gorge
  • Prassano Gorge Walk
  • Climbing Mt Ida known as Psiloritis - the easy way from Nida Plateau or the hard way from Fourfouras, this is the highest mountain in Crete at 2456 m.

Activities in Crete
Chania

Arrive into Chania Airport - code CHQ

Explore western Crete to enjoy these experiences.

Samaria Gorge Experience

Small Group Hiking Trip to Samaria Gorge - this is a 14 hour day to enjoy the walk without the hassle of transport and logistics. Walk 16 km from north to south and arrive at the coastal village of Agia Roumeli. Then take your ferry and a coach back to your hotel. Easy. What to do in Crete Greece .

Balos Lagoon Experience

A Day Tour to Balos Lagoon - this helps with logistics of coach ride - boat ride and return coach ride. Make a full day of visiting paradise, this is a 14 hour tour, depending on your pickup and drop off point. This tour includes a visit to the castle at Gramvousa islet and swimming at Balos Lagoon.

Elafonisi Beach Experience

Activities in Crete Greece - take a day tour to Elafonisi Beach - because sometimes you just want to relax. Visit this pristine, undeveloped beach. This 12 hour experience includes a visit to Topolia Gorge, the historic Chrissoskalitissa nunnery and lunch with a view at Amygdalokefali.

Lissos Ancient Site Experience

Take an alternative small group tour to ancient Lissos, departing from and returning to Chania, visit Palaiochora, then take a boat ride to Lissos, then a 1.5 hour hike, Cretan cooking lessons and more. Total length of this trip is 11.5 hours.

Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes

Street Stories of Chania Morning Tour with Samples of Raki and Mezedes - visit the local food markets and walk for 4 hours through the gastronomic highlights of this fascinating historic town, visit the old Jewish and Ottoman quarters and taste the local white spirit or raki. Enjoy mesedes which are little appetisers, part of the Cretan diet which is one of the healthiest in the world. Find out why.

Crete Food Tour of Chania Old Town

Crete Food Tour of Chania Old Town - a 3 hour walking tour of the picturesque Venetian town with food tasting. Be led by a local down little-known laneways to out-of-the-way cafes and try tidbits of Cretan cuisine. Try rusks or paximadia and koulouria, donut-shaped bread encrusted with sweetened sesame seeds, cheese, olive oil, olives and sweet pies. Activities in Crete Greece .



To Do in Crete Greece
Rethymno

What to do in Crete Greece .

Arrive into Chania Airport - code CHQ or Heraklion Airport - code HER

Explore the Central West of Crete and bliss out with these experiences.

Small Group Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon

Small Group Gourmet Trail of Rethymnon - treat yourself to a 4 hour gastronomic exploration of this cosmopolitan town, with food and beverage tastings, hidden spots not in the guidebooks all through the old zone. 4 hour walk.

Rethymnon Conquered Morning Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

Rethymnon Conquered Morning Tour with Wine and Food Tasting - this walking tour of the old town of Rethymnon will show you the city the way locals see it. Enjoy a Greek coffee, tales from history and understand the architecture all around you. 4 hour walk.

Historical Tour of Ancient Eleftherna and Rethymnon Region

Historical Tour of Ancient Eleftherna and Rethymnon Region - this full-day tour offers a journey through the ages and some of the prettiest countryside of Rethymno. With a knowledgeable guide, explore the old town on a mini tour, then Ancient Eleftherna, Arkadi Monastery, Margarites Village and enjoy a local Cretan lunch at a traditional taverna in Asteri Village. 7 hours.

Preveli Beach Full Day Experience

Preveli Beach Full Day Experience - visit the south coast of Rethymnon:

  • Pass through the Kourtaliotiko Gorge
  • Visit the Monastery of Preveli
  • 2 hours of free time on Preveli Beach & Palm Forest
  • Enjoy a relaxed lunch in Damnoni
  • 12 hours


To Do in Crete Greece
Heraklion

What to do in Crete Greece.

Arrive into Heraklion Airport - code HER

Explore the Central Crete with these activities.

Half-Day Knossos Palace Tour

Half-Day Knossos Palace Tour - 5.5 hour tour includes Koules Fortress and Agios Titos church in Heraklion as well as a guided tour of the archaeological site. See the controversial reconstructions completed by the archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, and hear the stories of the labyrinth from your experienced history guide. Activities in Crete Greece .

Take a Knossos Palace Tour

Take a Knossos Palace Tour - there are a variety of guided experiences available, from a Skip The Line entry ticket with a guide for 90 minutes, to a 12 hour day tour which includes Knossos and Lasithi Plateau.



To Do in Crete Greece
Lasithi

What to do in Crete Greece .

Arrive into Heraklion Airport - code HER or Sitia Airport code JSH

Explore the Eastern Crete in these magic spots.

Boat Trip to Chrissi Island

Boat Trip to Chrissi Island - this is just a piece of paradise. One of the remotest beaches in Crete, beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters, silence, sun and sand...These tours leave from east Crete only and include a one hour boat trip. Revel in the sparkling white sand, gloriously isolated coves and beaches, perfect paradise (South-Eastern Crete).

Island of Spinalonga Experience

Visit the Island of Spinalonga by boat from Agios Nikolaos, with departures also from Elounda. Enjoy a swim and a BBQ as well as an interpretative visit to this island full of stories. This is a 12 hour full day experience.

Ancient Kroustas Forest & Cretan Shepherd's Hut with Lunch

Ancient Kroustas Forest & Cretan Shepherd's Hut with Lunch - step into the real Crete for this 7 hour tour. Enjoy a long traditional lunch, visit a stone shepherd's hut, see stunning scenery and Kroustas Forest. Activities in Crete Greece.

Kritsa Gorge to Plaka and Spinalonga with Meals

Kritsa Gorge to Plaka and Spinalonga with Meals - on this 8 hour tour you will hike, swim, eat and cruise and see the best the area has to offer. Make your own dolmades and taste authentic local olive oil.



Samaria Gorge walk

Small Group Hiking Trip to Samaria Gorge - this is a 14 hour day to enjoy the walk without the hassle of transport and logistics. Walk 16 km from north to south and arrive at the coastal village of Agia Roumeli. Then take your ferry and a coach back to your hotel. Easy.

A Day Tour to Balos Lagoon

A Day Tour to Balos Lagoon - this helps with logistics of coach ride - boat ride and return coach ride. Make a full day of visiting paradise, this is a 14 hour tour, depending on your pickup and drop off point. This tour includes a visit to the castle at Gramvousa islet and swimming at Balos Lagoon. Activities in Crete Greece.

Take a Knossos Palace Tour

Take a day tour to Elafonisi Beach - because sometimes you just want to relax. Visit this pristine, undeveloped beach. This 12 hour experience includes a visit to Topolia Gorge, the historic Chrissoskalitissa nunnery and lunch with a view at Amygdalokefali.

Boat Trip to Chrissi Island

Boat Trip to Chrissi Island - this is just a piece of paradise. One of the remotest beaches in Crete, beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters, silence, sun and sand...These tours leave from east Crete only and include a one hour boat trip. Revel in the sparkling white sand, gloriously isolated coves and beaches, perfect paradise (South-Eastern Crete).

Agia Irini Gorge Private Guide - take a 7 or 10 hour trip with local guide Mel. Start and finish in Chania, walk the gorge with an optional extra walk to Sougia for a swim. Get to know the culture directly from an experienced and knowledgeable local.



To Do in Crete Greece
Cultural Experiences

Villages of Apokoronas

See, feel and taste the villages of this region on the 7 Villages of Apokoronas Experience taste local spirits, cheese and understand our history and folklore.

Enjoy lunch and coffee and beautiful natural surroundings all with your knowledgeable local partner.

Wild Food Foraging in Crete

Take an 8 day walking, cooking and foraging tour with Vassilis and the team from Castello Taverna in western Crete.

Learn the local cooking methods, pick your own fresh vegetables from the taverna's own patch, and forage for local wild greens. Activities in Crete Greece.



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