Take a trip to Crete
Crete, the largest island in Greece, is an ideal destination with its cultural and natural treasures. The most arid, but also the most tranquil part of the island is in the east. This is the plateau of Lassithi with its orchards, fields, and windmills. The west of Crete is the most mountainous and green part of the island. It is an ideal destination for trekking. In the northwest, you will find beautiful beaches, including the lagoon of Balos. The city of Chania, the former capital of the island, is a city that has kept its charm of a Venetian city where it is very pleasant to walk around. Take advantage of the knowledge of a Cretan tour guide to get to know the region better.
Tour guides in Crete
Five ideas for guided tours in Crete
The Samaria Gorge
Go to the Samaria Gorge in southwest Crete. For 16 kilometers along the canyon, the walk will lead you through a park with exceptional richness of both fauna and flora. The access is possible from May 1st to October 15th. We begin the walk by a stroll in Xyloskala, 2 km from the village of Omalos. We are here at an altitude of 1 200 meters. On each side, the cliffs carved in a limestone plateau can reach 30 meters. At the narrowest point, you will reach the “Iron Gates”, where the path narrows to 2-3 meters wide. The walk along the path can take 6 hours and ends at the coastal village of Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea.
160 kilometers north of Heraklion is the coastal town of Chania, which was the capital of Crete until 1971. The old Venetian harbor of Chania dates back to the 19th century and is surrounded by a multitude of restaurants and terraces serving excellent fish recipes. Here are moored both fishing boats and beautiful pleasure yachts. It is a real pleasure to walk through the small cobbled streets of the historic city. Take your time admiring each building to discover the secrets hidden in its facades. To learn more about the history of the city and its region, visit the maritime museum or the archaeological museum on Halidon Street.
The town of Agios Nikolaos is located on the east coast of Crete on the Aegean Sea in the bay of Mirabello. Its emblem is the lake Voulismeni where fishing boats come to dock. It connects the shores by a narrow channel formed by red rocks that make the charm of the place. The colorful houses are built on several hills. Climb the many steps to walk through the typical streets with their charm where you can reach small shady squares where you can sit and eat. Agios Nikolaos is also famous for its beautiful beaches with small coves and crystal clear water, which can be reached on foot from the center.
The beautiful and very popular peninsula of Elafonisi surrounded by olive groves is the dream destination in the south of Crete. This place is famous for having the most beautiful beach of the island with its fine white and pink tinted sand, its magnificent pink coral and its turquoise water. The place has become very touristy but while walking you can discover beautiful small coves and swim quietly in the lagoon. At low tide, you can reach the small island in front of Elafonisi by a strip of sand.
The small village with white houses of Loutro is located 70 kilometers from Chania on the southwest coast of Crete. It is a protected harbor where boats are sheltered from storms on the bay closed by a small island. The place has remained authentic because it is only accessible by the sea or by small roads. The village, which is only pedestrian, is still preserved and does not have many hotel complexes or shopping streets. Loutro remains a small authentic fishing port that mass tourism has not yet invested. From the small village, you will go for beautiful walks to discover beaches, gorges, valleys around the plateau of Anapoli.