Useful information

The beautiful island of Crete awaits you

Transportation

Crete is the largest Greek island, which means that you will need some means of transportation to explore it thoroughly. Transportation is easy since you can rent a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or any other vehicle from almost anywhere on the island. Additionally, on Crete there is an extensive and reliable public transportation grid to all major cities, as well as to other destinations; at affordable prices. The road network is in good condition, however special attention is necessary when navigating the narrow, winding roads on the mountains, if you choose to visit the traditional mountain villages of Crete.

Clothing

The summer in Crete is especially warm and it is advisable to wear light and comfortable clothes, a hat, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen. The rest of the year temperatures are mild, but some nights may get chilly, so it is good to have a sweater, hoodie, or jacket packed in your luggage, if you intent to visit the island in autumn, winter or spring.

Crete also offers marvelous opportunities for exploration on foot, either by wandering the paved alleys of Chania’s Old Town, or by following one of the countless trekking routes which cross the mountains and canyons of Crete. In any case, it is necessary to have comfortable shoes with you and, of course, a camera so that you can save the fantastic memories of your visit for your whole life.

Activities

Crete offers all kinds of activities and experiences to its visitors, no matter what you are looking for in your holidays here. If you love breathtaking natural vistas; if you are drawn to the cosmopolitan vibe of historical cities; if you adore exploring picturesque villages where time stands still; if you cannot resist the famous Cretan cuisine; if you wish to test your endurance on the mountains and in the canyons of Crete; if you want to chill on a hidden beach; or if you thirst for the adrenaline rush of extreme sports, in Crete you are sure to find your heart’s desire.

Currency and travel documents

Crete is one of the most famous destinations worldwide and it welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year. The currency in use in Crete is the Euro. There are numerous ATMs scattered around the island, as well as currency exchange shops. In order to visit Crete you will need to have your passport with you, unless you are a citizen of a European Union member state, in which case you will only need your id. If you wish to rent a vehicle, you must also bring your driver’s license with you.

People

The Cretan people are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors throughout the ages. Cretans are jovial and expressive; defining characteristics of their Mediterranean temperament. Most locals speak English in addition to Greek, so you will have no trouble communicating, wherever you find yourself on the island. The warm Cretan hospitality can only compare with the famous Cretan cuisine, which you absolutely must enjoy during your stay here!

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