Driving Routes in Crete

Rent a car and explore the large island of Crete with its rich cultural heritage, following our recommended driving routes. Visit famous and not so famous yet interesting natural and historical places, like gorges, caves, picturous traditional villages, churches, monasteries, various Minoan and Doric archeological sites, castles and museums.

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Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Neapoli - Elounda - image 1
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Neapoli - Elounda - image 2
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Neapoli - Elounda - image 3
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Neapoli - Elounda - image 4
The route starts in Agios Nikolaos with the following destinations:
  1. The Byzantine church of Panagia Kera near Kritsa,
  2. the popular Cretan village of Kritsa
  3. the archeological site of the ancient Doric city of Lato north of Kritsa
  4. the region of Lakonia
  5. the traditional Cretan villages Houmeriakos and Vrisses
  6. the Monastery Kremaston on half way between Vrisses and Neapolis
  7. the town of Neapolis with its cathedral of the Virgin Mary (Megali Panagia) and the folk museum
  8. the villages Kastelli and Fourni
  9. the Monastery Aretiou north of Fourni
  10. the Monastery of Agios Andreas at the Cape Drepani at the north coast of Crete
  11. the village of Vrouchas
  12. the fishing village Plaka with the famous Spinalong island in front of it
  13. the popular village of Elounda, where the archeological site of the sunken ancient city of Olous is located
  14. back to Agios Nikolaos
Overall length of the route: approx. 93 km.

Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Ierapetra - image 1
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Ierapetra - image 2
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Ierapetra - image 3
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Kritsa - Ierapetra - image 4
The route starts in Agios Nikolaos with the following destinations:
  1. The Byzantine church of Panagia Kera near Kritsa,
  2. the popular Cretan village of Kritsa
  3. the traditional villages Kroustas and Prina south of Kritsa
  4. the traditional village Kalamafka with its cave chapel on top of a big rock
  5. the Monastery of Panagia Exakousti
  6. the village of Males
  7. the Sarakina gorge
  8. the village Mirtos at the south coast of Crete
  9. and the coastal town of Ierapetra with its old Venetian fortress Kales at the port, its turkish mosque and the metropolitan church of Agios Georgios
  10. the Ha gorge
  11. the Minoan site of Gournia
  12. the Monastery Faneromenis
  13. back to Agios Nikolaos
Overall length of the route: approx. 130 km.

Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Sitia - Vai - Ierapetra - image 1
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Sitia - Vai - Ierapetra - image 2
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Sitia - Vai - Ierapetra - image 3
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Sitia - Vai - Ierapetra - image 4
The route starts in Agios Nikolaos with the following destinations:
  1. The cliffs above beach Malavra near the village of Kavousi with graet views of the Mirabello Bay and Psira island
  2. the traditional Cretan villages Lastros, Sfaka and Tourloti
  3. the magnificent Richtis gorge near Exo Mouliana
  4. the coastal town of Sitia with its Venetian fortress Kazarma
  5. the Monastery Toplou
  6. the beach of Vai with its unique palm tree forest
  7. the archeological site of Itanos
  8. the Minoan palace of Zakros and the nearby gorge of the Dead
  9. the area and the beaches of Xerokampos
  10. the Ziros gorge and the village of Ziros
  11. the Venetian villa of Dei Mezzo at Etia
  12. the Monastery Kapsa at the south coast
  13. the coastal village of Makrygialos
  14. the beach at Agia Fotia
  15. the coastal town of Ierapetra with its old Venetian fortress Kales
  16. back to Agios Nikolaos
Overall length of the route: approx. 265 km.

Driving Route Ag. Nikolaos - Neapoli - Lasithi - Knossos - Heraklion - image 1
Driving Route Ag. Nikolaos - Neapoli - Lasithi - Knossos - Heraklion - image 2
Driving Route Ag. Nikolaos - Neapoli - Lasithi - Knossos - Heraklion - image 3
Driving Route Ag. Nikolaos - Neapoli - Lasithi - Knossos - Heraklion - image 4
The route starts in Agios Nikolaos with the following destinations:
  1. The town of Neapolis with its cathedral of the Virgin Mary (Megali Panagia)
  2. the traditional Cretan village of Vrisses
  3. great mountain and valley views on the way to the Lassithi plateau
  4. the villages of Agios Konstantinos, Agios Georgios and Kaminaki inside the Lassithi plateau
  5. the cave of Zeus (Dikteon Andron) at Psychro
  6. the Monastery of Vidiani and the traditional village of Tzermiado at the northern side of the plateau
  7. the Homo Sapiens Village (museum) and the Monastery Panagia Kera Kardiotissas north of the Lassithi plateau
  8. the traditional village Krasi with its huge ancient plane tree
  9. the Acqua Plus waterpark
  10. Cretaquarium - Thalassocosmos
  11. the Minoan palace of Knossos
  12. the city of Heraklion with its archeological museum and the Venetian fortress Koule at the port
  13. the coastal village of Sissi and the historical cave of Milatos
  14. back to Agios Nikolaos
Overall length of the route: approx. 216 km.

Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Matala - Agia Galini - image 1
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Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Matala - Agia Galini - image 3
Driving Route Agios Nikolaos - Matala - Agia Galini - image 4
The route starts in Agios Nikolaos with the following destinations:
  1. the traditional Cretan villages Agia Varvara and Gergeri
  2. the traditional village of Zaros and its nearby lake Votomos
  3. the gorge of Rouvas and the Monastery Agiou Nikolaou
  4. the traditional village Agioi Deka
  5. the ancient roman Agora and the ruins of the Agios Titos church at Gortyn
  6. the Monastery Kalivianis
  7. the Minoan palace of Faistos
  8. the Minoan palace at Agia Triada
  9. the coastal village of Matala with its little caves at the beach
  10. the Minoan site at the beach of Kommos north of Matala
  11. the picturous coastal village of Agia Galini
  12. the abandoned traditional village Raftis
  13. back to Agios Nikolaos
Overall length of the route: approx. 327 km.

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