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Key facts for hiring a car in Crete
Coldest month: January (11°C)
Warmest month: July (26°C)
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There are 23 car hire locations and the most popular one is Heraklion Airport.
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The traditional village of Archanes.
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Hire a car in Crete
The biggest Greek island, Crete could be mistaken as its own country.
It basks in sunlight almost all year round and although its tourist resorts are heavily populated, you can still wander off the beaten path into its varied landscape for some solitude.
Crete's atmosphere will stimulate your senses, with its spirited culture, and all the olive oil, herbs, honey and wine you'd ever wish for.
Step into the past
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The Chestnut Festival
At the end of October in Élos and Prásses, the villages celebrate the local chestnut harvest by packing into village squares, dancing,drinking and eating the finely roasted nut.
This three-week pre-Lent celebration is held in villages throughout the island. In its final week, a series of grand street parades take place, the largest of which is held in Rethymnon.
Matala Beach Festival
Every June, this international festival is a throwback to the 1960s and 70s, when hippies famously made Matala their retreat. You can expect lots of music, art and literature from the era as well as peace loving vibes.
The road trip of ancient ruins
Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis
The only airport on the island, IBZ serves both Ibiza and Formentera.
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Kato Zakros – 171km
The Minoan administrative and commercial centre for the area.
Palace of Phaistos – 189km
The second-largest palace on Crete after Knossos.
Fortezza Fortress of Rethymnon – 72km
Originally built by the Venetians during the 16th century
Aptera – 48km
Was once an important trading post in Crete but destroyed by an earthquake in 365 AD.