Crete Car Hire
Avis Car Rental in Crete, Greece.
Explore this idyllic Greek island with our car rental
Car hire is a great way to explore Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. It’s not all about the sun, sea and sand. Among the stunning beaches you’ll also find rugged mountains as well as busy towns and lazy villages.
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There are countless beaches, caves and coves along over 600 miles of coast. Getting around by car means that you will be able to sample as many as possible.
There’s picturesque Balos beach on the far west of the island - definitely best reached by car. When you see the white sands and crystal clear waters against the backdrop of rocky outcrops and the fortress island of Gramavoussa, you’ll know you’re in paradise. The shallow lagoon is perfect for kids, but go a bit further out to try snorkelling and scuba diving.
Another must-see is the pristine Elafonisi on the southeast side. In a certain light, the white sands take on a pink glow, said to be caused by the coral. Close by is Matala beach with its beachfront tavernas, complex of caves and of course fine sand and sapphire waters. Then there’s the palm tree-forested Vai beach over on the northeast coast.
Crete is also a fantastic place for hiking. Three different groups of mountains make up the high mountain range that crosses the island from west to east. The White Mountains is the largest mountain range, with dozens of peaks over 2000 m. They are covered in snow until late spring, but even in the summer the limestone rock glistens white in the sun.
Samaria National Park
The Samaria National Park in Chania boasts some wonderfully isolated mountain terrain, unique flora and fauna and one of the longest gorges in Europe. Samaria gorge is 10 miles long. It starts 1230 metres above sea level near the village of Omalos and ends near the pretty coastal village of Agia Roumeli. If you do the full walk, you’ll descend through pine and cyprus forest, and pass a restored 14th century village and a whitewashed church before finally reaching the beach. With any luck you might spot some Kri-Kri goats on the rock faces or even vultures and eagles on your way.
Towns and villages
The island is home to a mix of cosmopolitan towns and idyllic hilltop villages.
Heraklion is the island’s capital. This is where the first European civilisation, the Minoans, flourished. The Archaeological Museum near the legendary palace of Knossos holds the remains. It’s also a densely populated, modern city. The other main towns are Chania, Rethymnon and Agios Nikolaos.
Make time to explore the delightful villages – each with its individual charm. Visit the laid-back hillside and mountain villages of Heraklion and Rethymnon as well as the fishing village of Chania and the traditional inland villages in Lassithi. Don’t miss the countless fabulous beach resorts lining the entire coastline.
Annual events and celebrations
There are festivals and celebrations going on throughout the year.
Easter is a very important event in the Cretan Greek Orthodox calendar. A series of ceremonies and processions run throughout Holy Week. At midnight on Easter Sunday, churches across the island switch out their lights, and everyone then lights their very own candle and takes it home.
Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival
There are festivals throughout the summer too. June kicks off with the six-day Casa dei Mezzo Music Festival. The Rethymnon Wine Festival runs for two whole weeks in July and is all about eating, music and dancing washed down with Cretan wines.
Crete Festivals in August
August is the busiest month, with the Paleohora Music Festival, the traditional Sultana Festival in Sitia, and of course the legendary Chania Rock Festival.