THINGS TO DO
CRETE, LIKE ALL THE GREEK ISLANDS, IS FAMOUS FOR IT’S BEACHES.
THE NEAREST BEACH IS MALEME.
The nearest beach is at Maleme, which is a pebble beach. Platanias and Chania are sandy beaches were you can hire sun beds and all sorts of water sports. 45 minutes away, there is the sandy beach at Fassanaia. However, one of the best beaches on the island is the Elafonisi which is about 1.5 hour drive through the breathtaking White Mountains. Elafonisi boasts crystal clear waters with it’s famous pink sand from washed up corals and the opportunity to wade out to Elafonisi island which offers unspoilt beaches.
FOR ADVENTURERS, THE SAMARIA GORGE WALK PROVIDES GREAT HIKING TRAILS.
THE WALK IS ABOUT AN HOURS DRIVE AWAY.
The 16 km walk, which is not terribly difficult, is downhill and takes about 4 hours or so. The only problem for independent travellers is you then have to walk uphill back to your car! However, we can arrange tours which will collect you from Maleme and take you to the start of the walk and will collect you by ferry from the coast and then by bus back to Maleme; or we can put you in touch with the local taxi firm who will organise this for you.
THE TOWN OF CHANIA IS FAMOUS FOR ITS OLD HARBOUR, BUILT BY THE VENETIANS.
PLENTY OF TAVERNAS, RESTAURANTS, BARS AND SHOPS!
A visit to Chania is a must and in particular the old venetian harbour and the labyrinth of side streets with shops, bars and restaurants leading up to the main part of the town. There are museums and the central market is also worth exploring.
EXPLORE THE REST OF THE ISLANDS TRAILS, HISTORIC SITES AND VILLAGES.
CRETE IS 260 KM LONG AND 56 KM AT ITS WIDEST POINT.
Or why not take a drive and explore the island for yourself? Driving through the White Mountains might not be for the faint hearted but your will be well rewarded with stunning scenery, welcoming villages many with places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat, historical archaeology and so much more. Some of the recommended trails are to Elafonisi, the south coast and the Akroterie peninsula, which is by the airport, for it’s monasteries.