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Destination Guide to Crete

Discover the beautiful island of Crete with Avis

It is more instructive to consider Crete a country in its own right rather than simply a Greek island. It is the largest of the Greek islands and arguably the most intriguing and diverse. Its remarkable history is evident across the island, from the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos to the Venetian fortress of Rethymo. Crete is the perfect destination for car rental, there is so much to see and though the island is large, the distances are not prohibitive.

Currency: Euro

Crete Road Trip

See more than the average tourist with a drive through the Amari Valley. Head west from Heraklion and discover this beautiful area filled with olive groves, orchards and vinyards. Whether you drive right around it or go through it coast to coast, enjoy the scenery and be sure to stop at Amari town for a friendly welcome.

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Top spots to visit with an Avis car

Sights

Rethymo Old Town, Rethymo

Lose yourself in the charming maze that is the Venetian old town of Rethymo. The narrow, intersecting streets lead down to a lively harbour with great bars and restaurants.

Minoan Palace of Knossos, Knossos

This is a must see historical attraction. Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete and the home of King Minos' mythical Minotaur. It is signposted from the Coastal Road and free parking is available.

Shopping

Miden Agan, Hania

This is a food lovers paradise. Be prepared to pile the car high with tempting delicacies and excellent Greek wines.

Activities

Samaria Gorge

Hiking through the Samaria Gorge is one of the most popular activities in Crete. It is reportedly Europe's longest gorge, at 16 km, and takes between 4-6 hours to complete. It can be hard going but hikers will be rewarded by the extraordinary landscape and wildlife.

Zaharias, Agios Nikolaos

Leave the car behind and enjoy sailing trips and private charters around the Mirabello gulf, all organized by Zaharias.

Useful driving tips

  • A right hand side road system operates in Greece.
  • kph Motorways
  • kph Urban Areas
  • The Greek drink driving limit is stricter than in the UK. The limit is 50mg/100ml.
  • If there is little room to pass on the road, faster moving vehicles expect slow drivers to move into the hard shoulder in order to let them pass.
  • In towns, be aware of pedestrians walking in the street. Often the sidewalks are narrow or non-existent!
  • Goats are everywhere in Crete and they like to feed next to the road. It is not uncommon to see them in the road, even around a main highway.

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