Renting a car to tour Crete is one of the best options you have if you want to go places fast and in comfort.
"Madam, this is the finest car on Crete,” the agent tells me, handing me a key with a Renault keychain. I don’t know cars, but the last time I drove a Renault it was anything but fine. Nevertheless, I smile and nod politely.
“I’ll take your word for it, thank you,” I respond, and grab the keys. A week later, to my surprise, I had to agree. It was a fine ride. It took us all over the island, and because it was diesel, it was not a costly drive. Which proves the point that renting a car to tour Crete is one of the best options you have if you want to go places fast and in comfort.
Renting a car is the most convenient option
If you look at Rental Center Crete for an option, you get the best local car rental company. It has a strong reputation as a family business that operates since 1975. They have a massive fleet to choose from and very reasonable prices. Renting a car from a local company rather than from a foreign chain also gives you the advantage to deal with someone who already knows the island. The staff are more likely to give you advice where to go and what to see, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to see enough as you would like.
Bicycle tours are fun too
Cycling around the island is another popular option, especially for people who enjoy outdoor activities. Although not as comfortable under the heat of the sun in summer, bicycle tours are commonplace. The Greeks even have a website that caters exclusively to cyclists. The Bike Friendly Hotels site is an initiative of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) and non-profit Nattour. The site shows hotels from all over Greece, and Crete is also featured with destinations such as Cretan Malia Park, Smartline Arion Palace Hotel, and Lyttos Beach Hotel. If you plan to discover Crete this way, Hellas Bike is an excellent choice because they offer a good range of bikes, guided tours, bike rentals, and so on.
Motorcycle tours become popular
Bike tours are quite popular as well. They give your speed while allowing you to enjoy the fresh air. You can even access more remote destinations from the saddle of a motorbike. For such a way to tour the island, you can choose Greenways Motor Tours. They have a special tour designed to make you familiar to some of the most exciting Cretan destinations in a week. They also offer rentals if you want to adventure on your own.
Safaris are trendy
Then, there’s Safari Club Crete for the more adventurous type. Here, the advantage is that you have a professional driver behind the wheel. You will explore everything Crete has to offer: mountains, gorges, traditional villages, caves, plateaus, rolling vineyards, and palm beaches. Safaris are a relatively new trend on Crete, and they were designed to satisfy the needs of foreign visitors.
Train rides are nostalgic
You can even take a train tour with the Hersonissos Train Company. The train ride takes place only within the Municipality of Hersonissos, but there’s plenty to see, according to the company: “With us, you will see the biggest Golf Camp in Greece and admire the view of the lake next to the new river Aposelemis, which supplies water to Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos. You will be given a chance to walk through the narrow streets of the traditional villages of Avrou, Gonies, and Potamies and admire our historical Byzantine churches.”
Sure, there are also companies offering tours on Trikke electric vehicles, quad and buggy tours, and so on. The end choice depends on how long you want to explore, where you want to go, how much you care about comfort, and how much you can afford. But it’s always good to know which options you have before you plan your vacation.
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