Tourist Guide

Crete is a large island with long distances and hundreds of beautiful areas from one end to the other.
If you want to turn your vacation into an incredible experience, then the best idea is to rent a car and explore the island.
Start your vacation with a rental car from Chania Airport or our office in the city center, or have it delivered to your hotel.
Renting a car always gives you more flexibility to visit and discover more things and places and enables you to stay longer without worrying about regular bus times or the limited free time of an organized tour.
Also, if you have a car, you can take more things with you, for example a large piece of luggage at the airport or your own umbrella at the beach.
We want to help you keep the best memories of your trip and be a useful tool in your travel plan, suggesting unique activities, unforgettable tours and adventurous things to do for all ages and interests.

Elafonisi beach

Elafonisi is located 76 kilometers west of Chania in the southwestern part of Crete. Elafonissi is a small peninsula connected by a sand corridor to the rest of Crete, which is often “broken” in two parts by water giving the impression that it is a separate island.

Elafonissi is a “Natura 2000” protected area. The island is full of sand dunes with lilies and cedars. Endangered Caretta-Caretta turtles and various rare animals nest on the island and removal of plants, animals from the area is strictly prohibited. Exotic beach with white sand and turquoise waters, reminiscent of the Caribbean, are formed on both sides of the peninsula. The sand is pink in many places, getting its color from thousands of broken shells.

Near the “zero” point of the peninsula, the water does not exceed 1m, creating a small lagoon, ideal for children. You can easily cross the lagoon to get to the “island” with your belongings, because the water is quite shallow. The eastern side of the beach, in front of the lagoon, is well organized and has the most people. There are umbrellas, showers, lifeguards, a snack bar and changing rooms. The TripAdvisor website has rated Elafonissi as the 11th best beach in the world.

The Cave of Agia Sophia

Built at a height of 80 meters from the main road that crosses the Topolia gorge, this church is rich in history and traditions dating back to the battles of the Cretans against their conquerors (Venetians and Turks).

Cretan soldiers, who had fought in the siege of Constantinople, brought the icon of Hagia Sophia on their way back to Crete. The image was found embedded in a rock inside the cave. It is 10 m wide and 20 m high. Majestic stalactites, stalagmites and pillars cover most of the surface. Neolithic shells and a previously unknown species of insect named Spermophora Topolia were discovered in this cave.

Please note that littering is not allowed in the area.

Balos and Gramvousa

Starting from the port of Kissamos and during the journey, you will admire a huge cave, believed to be the ancient shipyard of Tarsanas. At the end of the Gulf you will notice an impressive geological phenomenon where, as a result of time, the western part of the island rises, while the eastern part sinks. This phenomenon was mainly created by catastrophic earthquakes that took place in 66 BC. and in 365 BC According to scientific estimates, this geographical phenomenon continues today, but at a much slower rate.

After about 1 hour, the ship arrives at the port of Gramvousa. The famous castle of the island was built by the Venetians in 1579 on the highest point of the island, above a steep rock at a height of 137m. It is surrounded by a 272m wall. It has a rough triangular shape and each side is 1 kilometer long. The pirate castle of Gramvousa played an important role in the history of the region. The panoramic view, the magnificence and the legend of the pirate’s hidden treasure will tempt you to visit. The trip takes about 20 minutes.

ADVICE!! You should first visit the Castle in Gramvousa and then swim in the cool water…!

After the 2-hour visit to Gramvousa, the ferry will depart for Balos Lagoon, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. As there is no port in the lagoon, the boat will either drop anchor in the bay of Gramvousa (Tigani), about 200m. From the beach, at a depth of about 4m, Where the disembarkation will be from large boats or will approach the beach where the disembarkation can be done directly on the beach. Your stay in the lagoon, where you can enjoy a fantastic swim, will last about three hours.

Prevelis palm forest

The forest of Preveli is located approximately 35 kilometers south of Rethymno and 10 kilometers east of Plakias. The beach of Prevelis, also known as Lake Prevelis or Phoenix, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotis gorge, where the Megalos Potamos flows.

It is definitely the most famous beach in southern Crete and receives thousands of visitors every summer. During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for hippies. On the banks of the Great River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palms, which give the area a feeling of a tropical landscape. The river, forming a small lake 500 meters long, before ending up in the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start climbing the beautiful gorge. You can swim in the cold lakes formed in the gorge. A big fire in 2010 burned almost all of this paradise, but the forest was regenerated and still remains a paradise on earth.

At the exit of the river a sandy beach is formed with pebbles and sand, with the sea water being very cool because of the river. In the eastern part of the beach there is a beautiful rock that resembles a heart. The beach is not well organized because the area is protected and has no umbrellas.

Kourtaliotis or Kourtaliotiko Gorge

The Kourtaliotiko gorge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful gorges of Crete. Inside it, the river Kourtaliotis flows, crossing its length of 2.5 km and its towering slopes that reach 600 meters high. The gorge starts from the village of Koxare in the prefecture of Rethymnon and reaches Lake Preveli. Stone steps start from the Kokkare – Asomatous road and reach the interior of the gorge, the church of Agios Nikolaos and the springs of Kourtaliotis. The gorge is an important habitat, as rare species of birds of prey live in the caves formed on its slopes.


Knossos is the site of the most important and well-known palace of the Minoan civilization and is a must-see during your holidays in Crete. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary king Minos. The Palace is also associated with fascinating legends, such as the legend of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur and the story of Daedalus and Icarus. The area was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic era (7000-3000 BC) until Roman times.

After its partial destruction in 1450 BC, Knossos was settled by the Mycenaeans from mainland Greece. The city flourished again during the Hellenistic period in 67 BC. It was occupied by the Roman Quintus Caecilius Metelus Creticus. Knossos was discovered in 1878 by Minoas Kalokairinos.

Arthur Evans carried out systematic excavations at the site from 1900 to 1931, bringing to light the palace, a large part of the Minoan city and the cemeteries, and the restoration of the palace to its present form was carried out by Arthur Evans.

The city of Heraklion and the archaeological museum of Crete

History is very much alive in the old town of Heraklion, as in most Greek cities. From the old Venetian port, 25th August street leads to the center of the old town. The central square, while surrounded by cafes, shops and restaurants, is dominated by the fountain of Lions, built by Morozini, the Venetian governor of Crete, in 1628. The City Hall is housed today in the Venetian Loggia, a building of the same era and next to it is the Cathedral of Agios Titos, an outstanding monument of the Byzantine era. From the central square, the street of the “Central Market” ends at “Plateia Kornarou” with the café, housed in the “Kumbe” a Turkish fountain and next to it the “Bembo Fountain” built by a Venetian nobleman. On the left, Averof Street leads to “Eleftherias Square”.

The central square of Heraklion where the Archaeological Museum is located and on the right Kyrillou Loukareu Street leads to the Cathedral of Agios Minas and the Museum of Agia Ekaterini. The archaeological museum is considered one of the most famous museums in all of Europe and is definitely worth a visit. The museum gathers archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island’s history. A point of interest are undoubtedly the treasures of the Minoan civilization, the entire historical course of which can thus be appreciated. It is rightly considered the home of the Minoan civilization. Above all, the museum houses the most important collection of Minoan antiquities in the entire world.

Throughout the old part of the city, visitors can walk following the Venetian walls that meet at the old port and the “Koule”, the fortress that dominates the old port of the city.