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Key facts for hiring a car in Crete

  • Averages temperatures

    Coldest month: January (11°C)
    Warmest month: July (26°C)

  • Car hire locations

    There are 23 car hire locations and the most popular one is Heraklion Airport.

  • Not to be missed

    The traditional village of Archanes.

  • Time difference

    GMT + 2

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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

Knossos

Once the capital of the ancient Minoan empire, the ruins here are some of the oldest in Greece. The site is a relic of Greek mythology, home to the legend of King Minos and the Minotaur. Upon entering what remains of the palace, you will understand why the myth was born here.

The site is a complex labyrinth or halls, stairways, royal apartments, suits and rooms. Many of the original colours of the intricate frescoes also still remain.

Given its famous history, this is one of the most popular sites on the island. And it gets busy (very busy) in the summertime. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to visit. Arrive early for shorter queues. Bring a hat and lots of sunscreen, as much of the site is not covered.

For true history buffs, combine your visit with a tour around the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion for a full experience.

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Festivals

Foodie's delight

The island's offerings

Crete's year-round fertile lands and climate lends itself to a variety of heavenly local produce.You can taste the sun on the skin of fresh fruits and vegetables as you sit by the sea, digging into a heartwarming meal.

For a fully indulgent food experience though, taking part in any number of the islands food tours is a must. From artisan cheese workshops and tasting, to winery tours and local cooking classes, there will always be something to tickle your tastebuds and fill your gastronomic needs.

Olive oil is an art form here, which is why it's known as the best in the world. You can learn about every stage of its making - harvesting to bottling. So next time you toss some olive oil into a pan, you'll fully appreciate its flavour.

Honey is another national product of the island. Visit beekeepers and honey makers to find out the significance of the sweet stuff, for the ecosystem as well as Greek cooking.

The road trip of ancient ruins

  • Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis
    HER

    The only airport on the island, IBZ serves both Ibiza and Formentera.

  • Car hire pick up point

  • 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.