Crete Greece - Trip ideas - Five Days in the West of Crete by Car or Motorcycle
Independent Travel - taking some time and a car will mean you can explore the ruggedly beautiful interior of the island of Crete as well as visit some exquisite beaches.
Visit Crete - take a back roads journey through the island. This book helps you discover the real Crete - archaeological sites, wine tastings, organic tavernas, hidden valleys and other gems in the west of Crete. Get behind the scenes.
Anastasi, Apostoli and Katia of We Love Crete have put together their favourite places in the west of the island to give you a varied and interesting itinerary to follow. Or adapt for yourself.
- Learn the secrets of the Minoans at the Knossos Palace
- Drive through the country, visit wineries, take wine tastings, and visit the local tavernas
- Get off the beaten track in the foothills of Psiloritis and experience the hidden Amari Valley
- Have easy access to the route with our live-link map and clickable website addresses
- Discover the history of Crete and a story of rebellion at the Arkadi Monastery
- Packed with tips for accommodation that will save you Euros and add enjoyment to your travels
Everyone knows Crete as a beach destination, and that an average of 300 days of sunshine a year mean more chances of bliss on the sand. But as an independent visitor, who wants to do more than just lie on the beach, it can be difficult to plan a great route without knowledge of the island.
First, there's the language barrier, which can make it difficult to ask directions on back roads, how do you know what sights and villages you should be looking for? And, what is the difference between a Minoan, a Cretan and a Chaniot?
With the Five Days in the West of Crete, you won't miss the any of the historic sites, interesting towns and beautiful beaches. This route will show you the wine and food in Crete, for everyday eating and everyday pleasure. The stunning mountains and valleys of Crete will be at your fingertips.
Trip Ideas - A Route Behind the Scenes
- Experience mountain hospitality and organic local food at Taverna Vegera in Zaros
- Enjoy the fruit trees, vineyards and green slopes of the Amari Valley
- Relish in the tiny laneways and atmosphere of the Old Town of Rethymnon
- See the inland lake of Kournas and the tiny church on the rocks at Georgioupolis
- Use our accommodation tips in the Old Town of Chania
- Rugged Gorges! Unexplored mountains and gorges of the west of Crete
- Best of all, the mysterious and untouched beach of Elafonisi
- We've suggested an itinerary, and given accommodation suggestions, different options for various routes along the way, and variations. There are plenty of information links within the book.
- Five days is not a lot of time to spend in Crete. Ideally you need a lot longer. With this guide, you will be able to make the most of your time in Crete.
- With the live-link map, you'll be able to link directly to the map from the eBook and use the map to plan your days and plot your routes in Crete.
- Save money by knowing your plans in advance and pre-booking your accommodation
- The guide includes Greek names in Greek writing for easy recognition of road signs
- Take less time reading the map and more time chatting to the locals
- Ease the worry of ‘where will we sleep tonight?’ and enjoy more time relaxing at the taverna
- Have the suggested itinerary for the west of Crete and maps with you in one handy package
What This Book Is Not
This book is not a fully detailed Crete travel guide - this does not have detailed instructions “Turn left, turn right, take the second road after the goat shed”. This is a route suggestion for independent, curious travellers who know how to read a map. There are plenty of excellent travel guide books available. We wrote this book in response to our readers, who often asked; “How do I plan my trip for five days in Crete”? This suggested pathway, with different options, will help you travel Crete on the back roads.
About the Authors: Written and researched by We Love Crete; Apostolis Heretis-Hadoulis, Anastasios Hadoulis and Katia Luz.
About We Love Crete - a website sharing our love of Crete and Greece - this is a family creation. We are Anastasi and Apostoli, brothers whose mother was born in Crete, and we love to share Kriti and her spirit with you. The real Crete, beyond the beach, the rustic, authentic island, brimming with her own fiercely independent character and culture, home of local people with hearts of gold. Ela, come, Kriti and her charms await.