Discover Crete by Car

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( — June 23, 2019) — Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and therefore, to see the most of the island, renting a car is the best way to explore the whole island easily.

It is important that you first plan the routes you take to the destinations listed below. Although driving a car is a great way to travel round the island, there are no highways on Crete or toll roads. The island is also quite mountainous, so it is important that you must take care when driving these roads, and plan accordingly.

Below are some of the best places to visit in Crete by car:

1)      Heraklion

What better way to start a tour of Crete than by driving to the capital city, Heraklion? The city has undergone many modern changes over the last few years, becoming a true metropolis and the 5th largest city in Greece. The area can be great for a shopping trip- where you can explore both designer brands and many small shops that specialize in local products. The city also boasts a multitude of other attractions such as museums and a market.

2)      Samaria Gorge National Park

This beautiful National park is located 43 kilometres away from the city of Chania, meaning that a rental car is the perfect way to get to this must-see destination.  Recently, Samaria was awarded by the Council of Europe as one of the most pristine and beautiful natural areas of the old continent. This area of natural beauty is a great way to explore a quitter side of the island.

3)      Matala, Red Sand Beach

This beautiful beach is about 70 kilometres from the capital city of Heraklion, making it a perfect destination for rental car drivers. This small fishing village is notoriously famous for its beautiful sandy beach. The picturesque blue waters are a must-see, and there are artificial caves perfect for exploring. The village is filled with Café’s, restaurants and shops, allowing it to be the perfect day out for couples, families and even for solo trips.

If you want to make the most of Crete, renting a car is almost certainly the best option to make the most of your holiday and see as much of the island as possible. When finding the best rental car company to hire a car from, it is important to take into factors such as price and customer reviews. For the best Crete car rental company we personally recommend for the best deals for car hire on the beautiful island of Crete.