Stalida
Location
Stalis (or Stalida) is located 30km east of Heraklion, between Malia and Hersonissos. From a small seaside village set up by the residents of Mochos, Stalis today is a popular tourist resort which is merged with Malia town. The only difference with Malia is that Stalis attracts mainly families and things here are more peaceful. The resort is very well organized, with large and small hotels, restaurants, bars and taverns. You will also find ATM and a pharmacy.
How to get there
Stalis can be accessed from Heraklion by the bus running to east Crete, but you will stop on the Old National Road, just 500m from the beach. You can also rent a car from our office. You can choose though a variaty of vehicles in our website and book online your favourite car.
Where to stay
There are many hotels (next to beach) , apartments and villas to choose from and enjoy your vacations.
Sightseeing
The heart of Stalis pounds in the 5km long coastal road, which has the most shops in the area. A walk along the beach in the afternoon is a must! Beside the seaside road lies a long sandy beach with shallow water, which extends to the east till Malia. The beach is broken into two parts by a short rocky cape. Nearby there is the Byzantine Church of Agios Ioannis, dating back in 1600. The beach of Stalis is very well organized with umbrellas, lifeguard, beach volley courts, showers, beach bars, water sports, changing rooms, and generally anything that a well organized beach has. There is also a small colony of Cretan Date palms, one of the few in north Heraklion prefecture.
Entertainment
Although there is a night life here, it's nothing compared to its neighbours to the east and west.  What Stalis does have is a beautiful, wide, sandy beach divided into two by a little headland on which are packed some resorts, hotels and houses. The water is initially very shallow, which makes it ideal for small children. You can rent sun beds and umbrellas, as well as participate in various water sports. There is a lifeguard on duty, as well.
The village of Mohos celebrates "Cretan Night" once a week in the summer featuring live music and traditional Cretan dances. The trip up to the village is worth it anyway for the great views of the surrounding countryside and sea it gives you.
Stalis is nice for a quiet vacation, and if you want to live it up a little, there's always Chersonissos and Malia.

Sitia
Location
The word "friendly", applies to the people of Crete and it fits perfectly when considering the nature of the people you meet in the Sitia region.
 
We would elect the area "ideal for exploration”.
 
One of the least "touristy" parts of Crete, Sitia as a town, was built up in Venetian times, destroyed and later rebuilt by the Turks, with just a few signs of this history remaining. The region however, still provides numerous clues and monuments to the area's early history.
 
Today, its long sandy beach (equipped by this caring town with showers) offers the pleasures of sand, sea, swimming and all the windsurfing opportunities in the world.
 
Sitia is very much a living town, which happens to have tourism, rather than the other way around. Sitia has the most cheerful and friendly Cretans you could hope to meet, people who love their town and keep it clean and tidy, not so much to attract tourists but more because they themselves take pleasure in it and are proud of it.
 
The uncrowded region of Sitia is home to monasteries (notably Toplou), archaeological sites, palm-forested beaches, sparkling bays and fascinating treks across the mountains.
 
To name a few, the surrounding villages of Zou, Ziros, Handras - alive with the activities of today - abandoned Ethia and the surroundings of Karydi, hold much of interest in their ancient buildings and archaeological finds.
 
Getting to this more isolated region (named Lassithi from "La Sitia" ) takes you on a journey through magnificent countryside, generously supplied with dramatic gorges, intriguing villages hanging onto inland peninsulas or steep hillsides, along a "California-highway-one-like" road. Birthplace of Vitsentzos Kornaros, author of the "Erotokritos",
Sitia has an atmosphere that suggests if there were an artist's colony, this should be it.
 
How to get there
From Agios Nikolaos (driving time 60-90 minutes) the National road clings to the coast most of the way (a dramatic set of winding turns and sweeping, emotion-stirring, views) . The drive is magnificent and there are many places to see en route.
 
A detour to Mochlos is recommended, take the left turn to Mochlos, at 5.5km past the village of Kavousi. You will find tavernas at the waters edge in the village (5km down the road) and the tiny island with its visible archaeological site opposite.
If driving from Heraklion (total drive time 2.5 to 3 hours to Sitia) consider stopping at Neapoli. It's hardly a detour off your route and about twenty minutes before you arrive at, or pass, Agios Nikolaos (this is also one of the ways to get to the popular Lassithi Plateau).
Cradled amongst lush green surrounding hills, it has a beautiful open and spacious central square with large church, many cafes and Kafeneia and a park. (Neapoli and Agios Nikolaos will have feature sections devoted to them soon.
If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. You can pick your favourite car from our website and book it online or get a quote! We also provide pickup services from any airport and port.
Where to stay
You can choose from a variety of hotels, apartments and traditional houses there.
Sightseeing
Sitia is an absorbing place to wander around, doing no more than enjoying atmosphere.
 
The small narrow streets behind the seafront feature the everyday scenes of a Cretan provincial small town: villagers in to stock up on news and necessities and stores which cater to their every conceivable need.
 
And don't forget, one thing not to be missed, especially on Sundays, is the volta, when the whole town puts on its finery to parade in front of the neighbours, cafes, tavernas. If you want to see this "show" get a seat around six in the evening at a table adjacent to the road behind the waterfront.
 
Aside from wandering the streets, sitting in Cafes or lying on the beach you could visit the Folk Museum near at Kapetanios Sifi near the OTE or have a look at the restored Venetian Fort which now used as an open-air theatre.
Climbing down from here you can see the ruined remains of some Roman fish tanks, just along the harbour. If you would like to gain a better picture of the past, then you have to visit the Archaeological Museum, on the Ierapetra road, which contains a very interesting collection of finds from the area around and the palace at Zakros.
Entertainment
Sitia is famed for its good food and raki. The Sitians call the little tavernas serving mezedes rakadika.
You can enjoy your mezedes with raki of course( this is what the locals love to do ), but you can also choose to wash them down with the local wine, beer or even ouzo. Don't miss it…
 
Some of the traditional local dishes are omaties or omathies (pork chitterlings stuffed with rice, chopped liver, sultanas and spices), xygalo (type of creamy cheese) and, above all, the well-known Sitian sweet cakes.
 
Sitia is famous for its xerotigana (crispy pastry spirals with honey), which are slightly softer and lighter than those you may have tried elsewhere in Crete.
 
And of course the kalitsounakia (sweet cheese pastries) are small and square and leavened with yeast.
For well-grilled fresh fish you can trust the Remetzo, the Zorbas and the Kastro. The restaurant "Balcony" is located on the first floor of a traditional house in the center of Sitia with Mediterranean cuisine could be a good choice as well.
Don't miss during August ( 16- 20 August ) the annual Sultanina or sultana festival which marks the start of the grape harvest and of course the summer long cultural festival with concerts, dance, theatre - the Kornaria

 

Sissi
Location
The altitude ranges from 800 to 850m, making Lassithi one of the few residential areas in the Mediterranean at such high altitude. Indeed, every year the plateau is covered by snow and then thousands of Cretans arrive to admire the white landscape. In most years, snow remains in the mountain peaks till mid-spring.
The 18 villages of the plateau are built at the foot of the surrounding mountains, leaving the plains free to cultivate, and they are connected by a 23km long circular road. Actually, this beautiful circular route is ideal for cycling as there are no large hills and, along this, you’ll have the chance to visit all the attractions of the plateau.
How to get there
The wonderful Lassithi Plateau is located about 25km south of Malia and 70km west of Heraklion city. Located in a peaceful and fertile region, it is surrounded by the wild mountains of Dikti and several smaller plateaus. The views of the surrounding mountains of Selena and Afendis Hristos are majestic.
You can rent a car and book online or get a quote from our website. Search your favourite car now and pick among a variety of cheap or luxury cars. We offer you the best possible prices in Crete.
Where to stay
There are traditional houses and accommodations you can stay.
Sightseeing
The plates of Lassithi except for the plateau itself consists of beautiful villages and traditional locations full of life and nature. Traditional mills are astonishing to watch in plateau.
 

Lassithi plateau is famous for its windmills with white cloths, a trademark of the area. These were water- and flour mills, made most by the Peloponnese settlers that arrived here in late 19th century, to irrigate the plateau. Unfortunately, today young people have abandoned their homeland because the Greek state does not provide incentives, and the villages look deserted, with elderly population. Thus, the landscapes of 12000 whitewashed windmills, which once drew water from wells to irrigate cultivations, can be now seen on old card postals. But still, you can see several windmills, since many of them have been restored in the last years. Moreover, at the entrance of the plateau, at position Ambelos, we still see the largest stone windmill park in Greece.

Another attraction of the plateau are linies, ie the linear drainage projects that were built by the Venetians to transport water across the plateau. Indeed, when the Venetians conquered Crete, they turned Lassithi to the largest “garden” of Crete, which still supplies Crete with excellent quality potatoes and vegetables. On a walk at any point of the plateau, you will find linies i.e. large ditches carrying water.
Within a short distance from the village of Agios Konstantinos and the nearby artificial reservoir with the goldfishes, you’ll meet the imposing and rugged canyon of Havgas, carrying the water of the highest Katharo Plateau in Lassithi. The plain is crossed by the Great River that leads water into a large sinkhole, Honos, on the opposite side of the plateau, from where it finds its underground way to Aposelemis River through the springs of Fleges (by village Kastamonitsa). Honos is full with water till spring and you can visit it next to Kato Metohi.
 
Entertainment

Many traditional restaurants are all over the plates surrounded villages like Tzermiado, Marmaketo, Krasi, Psichro. There are also nice cafes and kafeneio and a bar available in Tzermiado location.
 
Preveli Monastery
Location
The expansive site of Preveli Monastery is surrounded by low, wild mountains which form the south - western extension of the White Mountains. The area thus confined, which is linked with the rest of Rethymnon County and Sfakia Province by once inaccessible gorges, comprises a handful of villages which are incorporated into the Phoenix Municipality. The main access from Rethymnon (in the north) is through a steep gorge, the Kourtaliotis. According to the legend, the name is derived from the clinking of stones heard rattling when the north wind blows through this narrow passage. Deep down in the gorge runs the Kourtaliotis river, into which other streams in the area flow to form the Great River (Megalos Potamos). The main springs of the river are virtually in the center of the gorge, near the church of the local saint, St. Nicolaos the Kourtaliotis and it flows into the Libyan Sea, passing through fertile farming sites, at a place called Limni, which is renowned for its beauty. The whole area is quite remarkable for its fertility and the richness of its flora and fauna. The diverse vegetation, including self- planted palm trees, offers an exotic impression to this beautiful landscape.
 
 
The area where the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist stands, on the other hand, is almost empty of vegetation because of cattle raising and frequent fires. Nevertheless, the alternating features of the landscape, the magnificent view of the sea, the alternately dry and lush terrain reveal the magnificence of Crete. The panoramic view from the monastery is quite impressive in its austerity, particularly when it meets the Libyan Sea beyond.
 
On our journey to the Monastery we cross the arcade - like bridge over the Great River, built by locals at the expenses of the Monastery between 1850 and 1852. The bridge is shaped Π and comprises of two inclined stone laid levels of 13,30 meters width and 7,60 meters height. The construction is highly regarded both from the architectural and the aesthetic points of view. The nearby bridge over the Bourtzoukos stream is simpler in construction and smaller in dimensions and was built in 1852. These two bridges allowed access to the Monastery's farms and to the other inhabitants of the area.
 
 
Phoinix municipality area has adequate infrastructure for the comfortable stay of the visitors.
How to get there
We strongly suggest you as the road trip there is beautiful to rent a car. You can use our website to search among a variety of rental cars. Our prices are the best possible. You can pickup a car from all crete airports and ports. You can book online or get a quote. We provide you with luxury cars also for a splendid vacation!
Where to stay
Camping is available there but also accommodation exists in surrounded locations.
Sightseeing
The monastery and the beautiful beach!
 

Mochlos
Location
Mochlos is a small picturesque fishing village located In the gulf of Mirabello in Eastern Crete,  easily within reach of Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra and Sitia (all an easy one hour drive), the possibilities for exploration and sightseeing are numerous.
How to get there
We recommend that you rent a car through our website here as other means of transport are limited and infrequent (you cannot reach Mochlos by public transport).
Where to stay
At Mohlos Village you won’t find any all-inclusive hotels, night clubs or fast food outlets, and that’s what makes it perfect. With only a handful of tavernas, a couple shops and two taxi men to the town, it’s ideal for a quiet little weekend get away or maybe longer, no noise, no pollution, and you can eat at maybe some of the best tavernas in Crete whilst looking over to the Minoan site, just a 5 minute boat ride away (You can swim if you’re brave).
There are only a few apartments to stay at but they are all run by friendly inn-keepers who are incredibly accommodating.
 
Sightseeing
There is one small sandy beach, however, if you don’t mind rocks, there’s plenty of opportunities to get into the water around the sea front, great for a little snorkle. Just beside one of the tavernas, there is a natural rock pool which is  heated by the sun during the day making it the perfect spot to  have a little relax and take in the views.
Take the boat to the island which is a sight of ancient Minoan settlement where tombs, buildings, and houses have been discovered over the past few decades.
The local tavernas offer fresh fish,  dried squid dried out during the day before being cooked, local lamb, chicken, cheese pies, fresh taramosalata, greek salad, potatoes, and not forgetting a few good sips of Mythos to wash it all down or maybe a local wine.
Entertainment
Mohlos or Mochlos village offers exceptional eating and recreational facilities. Picturesque tavernas "lapped by the waves" offer authentic Cretan cooking, based on the local olive oil, the best in the world, wonderful seafood tidbits and specialties and other gastronomic delights, while small bars offer low-key modern entertainment

Mirtos
Location
Mirtos or Myrtos is one of the jewels of Crete, a picturesque seaside village in southeast Crete, near Ierapetra in Lassithi Prefecture.
It is the capital of a municipal department consisting of Mirtos and four other villages, and has a population of around 500 (2001 census).
Most of the local inhabitants are farmers, a fact immediately obvious from the many greenhouses in the area.
 
 
Many tourists visit Mirtos in the summer, and there are rooms for rent, small hotels, restaurants, tavernas, café-bars, minimarkets and a petrol station.
There are no pharmacies, banks or cashpoints, but Ierapetra is nearby and has everything. You can reach Ierapetra by car, or there is a bus every two hours.
How to get there and rent a car to make the most of sights
Starting from Heraklion, take the road to Viannos, which continues on to Mirtos and Ierapetra. It’s about two hours’ drive, but the part of the route after Viannos is well worth the trip, as it is one of the few places in Crete with a beautiful pine forest.
If you are starting from Agios Nikolaos, Sitia or Ierapetra, take the tarmac district road west. In about 16 km you will find yourself in Mirtos, at the mouth of the River Kryos.
You can select your favourite vehicle from a range of cars we have available in our website. Rent your car now and book online  here.
Where to stay
You have plenty of options. Hotels , apartments, several accommodations are also located in Ierapetra.
Sightseeing
Mirtos boasts one of the best beaches in the area, with ash-grey sand and clear water, just the place to dive in and enjoy the blue sea. One important advantage is that the area is not affected by the northwesterly meltemia and strong northerlies that blow on many beaches on the south coast of Crete, such as those near Ierapetra.
The main beach is right in front of the Mirtos tavernas and cafés, and stretches west, where it broadens out. Continuing even further west, you will find beaches where you can camp. There is also a magnificent beach at Tertsa village (4 km away).
To the east is a beach with large pebbles and a few tamarisk trees along the road to Ierapetra. If you come here you will probably find yourself alone, as everybody prefers the much better beach at Mirtos. 
Entertainment and places to visit
Walk around the narrow streets of Mirtos, among the houses which are whitewashed each year shortly before Easter, to be dazzling on the great feast-day. Admire the pretty gardens scented with colourful flowers and herbs planted in pots, big clay jars and even olive oil cans.
 
Don’t forget to go into the village kafenio (café), the local meeting-place where the inhabitants of Mirtos gather for endless conversations, card games or backgammon, and try a Greek coffee skilfully prepared in the traditional way.
Visit the little church of Agios Antonios (St Antony), now restored, and the old school next to it, which houses the Mirtos museum, with Minoan finds and local folk art and implements.
 
Leave Mirtos to visit the Minoan settlement of Pirgos nearby. You won’t need your car as the footpath starts next to the river, at the Ierapetra end of the village. The path is easy and it’ll take you about half an hour to climb up to the top of the hill with the ruined Minoan houses. From here you can gaze out over the sea and look down on Mirtos. It’s best to do this in the cool of the day, in the afternoon or early morning, to avoid the blazing summer sun.
Take your car up to the villages of South Dikti mountain, such as Pefkos and Simi (or Symi), set in one of the last pine forests on Crete.
Go for a drive to Ierapetra and take the boat to the island of Chrissi or Gaidouronissi (Golden or Donkey Island), with its junipers and tropical beaches with pink sand.
Even if you don’t manage to visit Chrissi, it’s worth spending a few hours in Ierapetra, a small modern town with a long history, a lovely beach, small seaside tavernas, the Venetian fortress of Kales, the mosque and its own archaeological museum.
 
 

 

Makry Giallos
Location
Makry Gialos is a famous seaside resort in southeast Crete, in Lassithi Prefecture. You may know it as Makrygialos or Makrigialos, though in recent years the locals have been attempting to establish the name Makry Gialos, because many people were confusing the village in southern Crete with another of the same name in northern Greece.
 
If you drive along the road through Makry Gialos from Ierapetra to Sitia, you may not be that impressed. You may think this is just another village not worth stopping for. But if you go a little further east, there is a unique view of the bay of Makry Gialos, revealing all the beauty of the village with its little harbour and large beach.
The name Makry Gialos (Long Beach) reveals its main advantage, as it is actually a large bay with a beautiful sandy beach over a kilometre long.
 
How to get there. Hire  a car from out station there.
 
Makry Gialos is 38 km south of Sitia and 25 km east of Ierapetra, in the southeast of Lassithi Prefecture. It merges into Koutsouras and Analipsi, the seaside villages to west and east of it.
 
The road from Ierapetra to Makry Gialos is very good and mostly straight, offering a marvellous view of the various beaches and villages on the way to Makry Gialos.
 
The road from Sitia to Makry Gialos, on the other hand, winds through the villages of the interior of Lassithi Prefecture, offering a lovely drive through a verdant landscape.
 
A piece of advice: open your window as you drive from Sitia to Makry Gialos - the area is full of thyme and oleander, the characteristic plant of Lassithi Prefecture. You will be enchanted by the wonderful smell, the scent of Crete itself.
 
To get to Makry Gialos from Heraklion Airport or port, you need to head towards Agios Nikolaos, then to Ierapetra and on to Makry Gialos. It is 125 km distant, about 2 hours’ drive.
Makry Gialos is 265 km from Chania and 205 km from Rethymno. 
You can rent a car from our car rental station there. You can choose from a variety of vehicles in our website and choose your preferred car.
Where to stay
No matter what someone might write about Crete, that is already been written. It's been described as a symbol of destination, nostalgia and as someone's absolute homeland. Her beauty has been praised by many authors.
 
Thus, the fame of Crete has spread throughout the centuries and countries. She has been loved by Vitzenzos Kornaros while modern poets have gifted Greek literature with great poems symbolizing the island with journeys and passion.
 
The last decade the island of Crete has known a remarkable development, always maintaining her traditional look . Today, she is an attraction for tourists all over the world including the Greek ones themselves who choose Makrigialos for their summer holidays.
 
The Union of Rooms and Studios Owners' purpose is to organize the studios, the rooms and generally the apartments to let so as the visitors of our region to receive the best possible quality of hospitality. This website provides a small accommodation guide of all areas in Makrigialos as well as information of touristic interest about those areas. Also, some arrival information are advised. We wish you happy holidays in Makrigialos, Eastern Crete.
Sightseeing
Why is Makry Gialos a popular Cretan tourist resort? Because the beaches of Makry Gialos are beautiful, with clear shallow water, it has good food and quite a busy nightlife for its size, and it boasts a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, making visitors feel at home as soon as they arrive.
If you have a boat or yacht, you should know that Makry Gialos has a pretty, picturesque harbour, sheltered and safe.
 
Makry Gialos is a great place for both couples and families. There are not many large hotels, but there is a wide variety of apartments and studios for rent, for travellers in search of peace, quiet and privacy.
 
In the evening, the local youths gather on the beach road of Makry Gialos to dance the night away in the bars, while families may prefer the quieter little tavernas on the shore, mainly at the east end of the beach.
The best thing about the area (Makry Gialos and Koutsouras) is that it meets the needs of both families, who want more organised facilities, and young people, who are looking for fun, watersports and other activities.
Entertainment
The rich cultural heritage of Sitia coexists with a particularly interesting present in the all forms of modern artistic expression and entertainment. In the city of Sitia, in the tourist regions of Makrus Gialos, Palekastro and Mohlos, but also in the villages of province, interesting events are organized, such as art exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts and dancing events from local and foreign artists and teams. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to participate and enjoy some of the numerous traditional feasts and festivals and to dance in the rythme of ancient beats that revive in the modern folk and popular tradition of the region.
For those who wish to party all night long, there are many choices for clubbing and numerous bars in the regions of Makrus Gialos, Palekastro and Mohlos.

 

Lassithi Plateau
Location
The altitude ranges from 800 to 850m, making Lassithi one of the few residential areas in the Mediterranean at such high altitude. Indeed, every year the plateau is covered by snow and then thousands of Cretans arrive to admire the white landscape. In most years, snow remains in the mountain peaks till mid-spring.
The 18 villages of the plateau are built at the foot of the surrounding mountains, leaving the plains free to cultivate, and they are connected by a 23km long circular road. Actually, this beautiful circular route is ideal for cycling as there are no large hills and, along this, you’ll have the chance to visit all the attractions of the plateau.
How to get there
The wonderful Lassithi Plateau is located about 25km south of Malia and 70km west of Heraklion city. Located in a peaceful and fertile region, it is surrounded by the wild mountains of Dikti and several smaller plateaus. The views of the surrounding mountains of Selena and Afendis Hristos are majestic.
You can rent a car and book online or get a quote from our website. Search your favourite car now and pick among a variety of cheap or luxury cars. We offer you the best possible prices in Crete.
Where to stay
There are traditional houses and accommodations you can stay.
Sightseeing
The plates of Lassithi except for the plateau itself consists of beautiful villages and traditional locations full of life and nature. Traditional mills are astonishing to watch in plateau.
 

Lassithi plateau is famous for its windmills with white cloths, a trademark of the area. These were water- and flour mills, made most by the Peloponnese settlers that arrived here in late 19th century, to irrigate the plateau. Unfortunately, today young people have abandoned their homeland because the Greek state does not provide incentives, and the villages look deserted, with elderly population. Thus, the landscapes of 12000 whitewashed windmills, which once drew water from wells to irrigate cultivations, can be now seen on old card postals. But still, you can see several windmills, since many of them have been restored in the last years. Moreover, at the entrance of the plateau, at position Ambelos, we still see the largest stone windmill park in Greece.

Another attraction of the plateau are linies, ie the linear drainage projects that were built by the Venetians to transport water across the plateau. Indeed, when the Venetians conquered Crete, they turned Lassithi to the largest “garden” of Crete, which still supplies Crete with excellent quality potatoes and vegetables. On a walk at any point of the plateau, you will find linies i.e. large ditches carrying water.
Within a short distance from the village of Agios Konstantinos and the nearby artificial reservoir with the goldfishes, you’ll meet the imposing and rugged canyon of Havgas, carrying the water of the highest Katharo Plateau in Lassithi. The plain is crossed by the Great River that leads water into a large sinkhole, Honos, on the opposite side of the plateau, from where it finds its underground way to Aposelemis River through the springs of Fleges (by village Kastamonitsa). Honos is full with water till spring and you can visit it next to Kato Metohi.
Entertainment

Many traditional restaurants are all over the plates surrounded villages like Tzermiado, Marmaketo, Krasi, Psichro. There are also nice cafes and kafeneio and a bar available in Tzermiado location.
Ierapetra
Location
The town of Ierapetra (in the local dialect: Γεράπετρο Gerapetro) is located on the southeast coast of Crete, along the beach of Ierapetra Bay. It lies south of Agios Nikolaos and southwest of Sitia and is an important regional centre. With its 16,139 inhabitants (2011) it is the most populous town in the regional unit of Lasithi, and the fourth town of Crete. Ierapetra is nicknamed "bride of the Libyan Sea" because of its position as the only town on the south coast of Crete.
How to get there
If you are in Heraklio, follow the road that leads to Agios Nikolaos. You should enter Agios Nikolaos but turn right and head south towards Ierapetra. The distance from Heraklio is 104 km and the road is very good.
Alternatively, you can go from Heraklio to Ano Viannos, Mirtos and then Ierapetra. This route is certainly longer, but it is more scenic and it will give you the opportunity to see many beautiful villages in the south of the prefectures of Heraklio and Lasithi.
The distance from Chania to Ierapetra is 240 km and the trip lasts about 3.5 hours.
The distance from Rethimno to Ierapetra is 185 km and the trip lasts 2.5-3 hours.
 
All the above distances and routes are by car. You can rent your car now through our website. Book your favourite car online now!
Where to stay
There are many accommodations, apartments and hotels to choose from . Mostly next to beaches and next to cafes and nightlife.
Sightseeing
Ierapetra was chosen among 500 South European destinations by the QualityCoast International Certification Program of EUCC as one of the 50 most attractive tourist destinations for visitors interested in cultural heritage, environment and sustainability. In 2012 Ierapetra was one of the only three destinations in Greece that won the Gold QualityCoast award, ranking 2nd among the TOP 100 chosen European destination.
The awarded city for its wonderful beaches, Ierapetra, is the unique city in the southern Crete and the last city in the southern end of Europe. Ierapetra is about 36 kilometers from Agios Nikolaos and about 100 kilometers from Heraclion.
It is the third largest city of Crete with 27.000 residents. Their main occupations are tourism and agriculture, particularly vegetable, flower and olive oil production. Ierapetra is thought to be one of the most important exporting centres of agricultural products in Europe.
The city has also a vivid night life with clubs and taverns.
Apart from its beaches, the Archaeological Museum and the Venetian fortress are also worth visiting in Ierapetra.
Entertainment
The cultural festivities, “Kirveia”, with many concerts and theatrical plays are held every summer.
You can also find many bars, cafes, clubs and in general there are many night options.
 

 

Travel in Crete

Your travel holiday guide to discover, explore and enjoy Crete Island, where the best sights are to visit, the best towns for shopping and the most visited areas of natural beauty in Crete. Find the real side of Crete when you visit with the information packed travel guides.

Taking a holiday in Crete is not all about sunbathing in a hotel by the pool! You can explore the tropical island of Chrissi, relax on Vai beach, take a boat trip to Spinalonga, spend the day at the many Water parks in Crete or delve into the history of Knossos Palace and Museum.

 

Useful information about the island

Crete is the southernmost island in Europe and offers something for everyone. The island of Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and it is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean.

After all, it´s among the finest in the world and has established Crete as one of Europe´s most popular holiday destinations. And, of course, the island´s historic importance in today´s world as the home of the Minoan civilization with important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, is evidenced by the tens of thousands of visitors to these sites each year.

Crete was also the Centre of the Minoan civilization and is believed to be the oldest civilization in Europe. When visiting Crete you still have an opportunity to see remnants of this civilization at Knossos Palace.

Over the centuries the island of Crete has been under control of the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Turkish and obviously now 

the Greeks. The reason Crete has had so many invaders and rulers, is its strategic position in the Mediterranean, it was the controlling point for the eastern trade routes and has a wealth of natural resources.

There is a lot of history to be discovered when visiting Crete, from the recently excavated Knossos Palace, the eerie island of Spinalonga. Also look for the fortresses that sit imposingly in many towns and cities of Crete including Koules fortress in Heraklion and many other Venetian fortresses. Below you will find some of our most popular Crete guides for the major tourist resorts and all of them include videos and pictures.

 

Traveling Crete by a car

Many tourists believe that it´s a good idea to have your own set of wheels the whole time you´re on the island of Crete. Through this article we are trying to state an opinion about the difference between having a car hire at your disposal and not having one.

In Greek islands there are no highly populated areas, so it is difficult to travel fast to the other side of the island with public transportation and sometime there is no transportation. Additionally, there is no problem of heavy traffic and there are many parking spaces to service all the travelers with their holiday cars.

When you have your rental car, you can go wherever you please, whenever you want. That´s the beauty of having your own car wherever you go. Especially with car hire from our company, offers you the ability to travel all around Crete to see all the beauties of the island, without any limitation in kilometers. Just plan your trip, and decide whether you need a 4WD or a city car.

Additionally, if you decide to rent a car, catch the opportunity to drop on in the place you arrive, at the port or at the

airport. CarMotorPlan car rentals company is able to serve your holiday car, in every port and every airport on Crete Island. So, you will have the advantage to transfer your family with all your baggage directly to the hotel you will stay, without any difficulties.

You will need a car to enjoy all that Crete has to offer. Of course you can drive your own car all across Europe to the island, but that would not be a practical thing to do, unless you are staying in Crete for some considerable length of time. For the sake of practicality, your best option is to get a Crete car rental.