Best Chania car rental and Crete travel attractions? Chania Car Rentals offer the most competitive prices for car rental in Chania with no hiden costs. Do you travel to Chania Crete? Then Popular car rental locations are: Chania Airport (24h delivery services), Chania City Center, Chania Old Town, Chania Venitian Harbor, Chania Port, Agia Marina, Platanias, Stalos, Maleme, Kolympari. Discover extra details at car rental Chania airport.
Crete is known for its outstanding gorges, but the most impressive is the Samaria Gorge. Contained within the Samaria National Park, it is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Walking the popular 16-kilometer trail that runs through the gorge is one of the most popular things to do on Crete for tourists looking to get active. From Xylóskalo, just outside the mountain village of Omalos, the gorge descends 1,250 meters to arrive at the Libyan Sea in Agia Roumeli on Crete’s sunny south coast. The river Tarraios, which dries up in summer but floods in winter, runs the length of the gorge with high rocky cliffs to each side. The gorge is open to visitors from May through mid-October.
The highest point in Crete lies 2,456m (8,058ft) above sea level, and is known to the Cretans as Psiloritis. The mountaintop is drenched in mythology, and legend has it that it may have been the birthplace of Zeus himself. Though it’s a strenuous hike, and not recommended for beginners, you can reach the top in a day if you’ve got a decent level of fitness. If you make it, don’t forget to ring the bell at the ruins of Timios Stavros church. The other legendary birthplace of Zeus is the large Psychro Cave in the Lasithi prefecture in eastern Crete. It’s a small hike to get to the entrance of the cave. Once inside, you’ll see a staircase that takes you down into the cave where there are amazing stalagmites and stalactites. The view across the Lasithi Plateau is breathtaking, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can take in the sights.
While all of Crete’s beaches are beautiful, there is something very special about the beaches that can be found on the island of Elafonisi. Located in South-west Crete, Elafonisi is separated from Crete’s shores by a very shallow lagoon. In fact, it is so shallow that visitors can easily walk the 200 meters (650 feet) to the island. The waters around this island are crystal clear, and its sand ranges from sparkling white to a soft pink hue. This island’s beaches are very popular with locals and visitors, so it can be a bit crowded in some areas. Travelers who want to avoid the crowds can just walk a little farther in, where they’ll find plenty of nice, quiet spots.
Highlights of a visit here include a stroll along Lake Voulismeni, with its many waterfront cafés and restaurants, and the nearby port area, looking out to sea. A walk around the point from the port to Kitroplatia beach takes you past two famous statues and provides stunning views out across Mirabello Bay to the towering mountains of eastern Crete. Near Agios Nikolaos, you can also visit the Diktean Cave, with its stalactites and stalagmites, or venture into the mountains to the hillside village of Kritsa, where local artisans sell traditional crafts such as leather goods, ceramics, and hand-woven rugs. On the way to Kritsa, stop by the little 13th-century church of Panagia Kera (Our Lady of Kera) to admire the superb Byzantine frescoes. Not far from Agios Nikolaos are the posh beach hotels and villas of Elounda. You can drive out here to see Elounda and look across the bay to the see the ruins on the island of Spinalonga, which was also once used as a leper colony. Most people take a boat tour to the island, which leaves from the harbor in Agios Nikolaos. Discover even more information on https://www.chaniacar.com/.