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Crete Road Trip Itinerary: Explore Crete by Car in 15 days

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  • Posted 1 year ago

One of the main and biggest Greek islands, Crete, has by far the longest summers. You can get a decent tan here from April until early November. Spring is the golden time to come: in April and May the island is comparatively empty of tourists, the weather clear and not overpoweringly hot, and every scene is brightened by a profusion of wildflowers.

By mid-June is when the rush is getting started, with and July & August being only the hottest, but also the most crowded and most expensive periods of time. They are also intermittently ruined by ferocious winds and accompanying high seas, which sometimes make a boat trip pretty uncomfortable, but to be honest with you, it’s not that bad – at their worst can mean staying indoors for a day or two, but no more. Crowds gradually thin out in September, and Autumn can be a great time to visit again.

Given that, and taking into consideration that you have 15 days to spend on your holidays, here is an interesting road trip itinerary for your next vacation. I hope you get some interesting ideas about what to do in Crete and how to use the time here more efficiently which will end up in some beautiful memories.

Two weeks of road trip itinerary in Crete

Day 1-2: Heraklion

Rent a car at the Heraklion Airport, book a room at one of the hotels in town, and take a walk around the Archaeological Museum. Take the path through the old town area by admiring the Historical Museum of Crete and the Christian Art Museum. Next morning, pay a visit to Knossos Palace.

Day 2-3: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga

After you take lunch in Heraklion, take the car to Agios Nikolaos, and stay another night there, find the best hotels in Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy the nightlife of the city, and take the second day in the morning a boat trip to Spinalonga, a former colony of lepers.

Day 2-3: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga

Day 3-4: Travel to East

Have lunch in Agios Nikolaos, and take the road to Toplou Monastery and Vai beach, through Sitia city. Book two nights near Kouremenos Beach. On the fourth day, go hiking through the Hohlahies canyon and windsurfing at Kouremenos.

Day 3-4: Travel to East (Vai beach)

Day 5: Myrtos Beach

Continue the road passing through Ziros and Makry Gialos. You will see several beaches along the way. Stop for lunch (and a visit to the museum) in Ierapetra. Then head west and spend the night at Myrtos.

Day 6-7: Rouvas Canyon

Enter the island from Myrtos to the Mesara Valley, stopping at Ano Viannos where you can admire church frescoes, then to Zaros, where you will spend the next two nights. On the seventh day, walk through the Rouvas canyon or visit the monasteries of Vrondisi and Agios Fanourios. Take a detour to the ancient city of Gortys.

Day 6-7: Rouvas Canyon (ancient city of Gortys)

Day 8-9: Visit churches

Pass by the two Minaic cities Phaistos and Agia Triada. Take a lunch break in Vori or Matala (and a bath if you choose the second option). End your day in Plakias or Spili, where you can stay for two nights. Wake up early for a tour of the Amari Valley to visit the churches in the area. At noon, you can take a dip in the sea at Agios Pavlos Beach.

Day 10-11: On the walk to Rethymno

On the way to Rethymno, stop at Arkadi Monastery and then stay two nights in this charming old town. The next day you should dedicate it entirely to the old centre, visiting especially Fortezza, the Museum of History and the Museum of Folk Art.

Day 10-11: On the walk to Rethymno (Arkadi Monastery)

Days 12-13: To the west to Chania

Head west to Chania, but not before taking a swim in Lake Kournas. You can also have lunch in the area. When you arrive in Chania, stay at one of the hotels in the old town for two nights. The afternoon and the next day will be enough to enjoy the city’s museums, shops and restaurants.

Days 12-13: To the west to Chania (Lake Kournas)

Days 14-15: It’s time for a hike

Park and take the bus in the early hours of the morning to Xyloskala for a breathtaking hike through the Samaria Gorge. Stay overnight in Agia Roumeli, the next day take the boat to Sougia or Paleochora for a swim in the crystal clear sea. Take the bus back to Chania, retrieve the car and head to the airport.

Days 14-15: It’s time for a hike (Samaria Gorge)

Hope you enjoyed the reading and got some inspiration for your next trip. If you are interested to find out more about Crete: local stories, events, adventurous itineraries etc. – don’t hesitate to sign-up below. Have a great one!

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