This page gathers all the essential resources you need to plan a hassle-free trip to Crete, to enjoy your holidays free of any worry, and to have the time of your life on the island! These are the resources I usually use myself and recommend to family and friends that come to visit me on the island!
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Basic resources to plan a trip to Crete
Let’s face it, the planning phase of your trip can be an exciting moment. You’re getting ready to discover a new destination… or to go back to the island you love! Whatever your case is, there’s always a lot to take care of and it can sometimes be overwhelming.
For that reason, I’ve prepared this page where I’ve gathered all the useful resources, a handy guide for you to have all the resources you need in one place. From gathering all the necessary information and details, to booking your flight, choosing the hotel of your dreams, renting a car, and even packing your bags!
I haven’t forgotten about alternative ways to travel, such as by bike or getting a transfer! And I’ve also included different options for travel insurance as well as to get your money back in case your flight is delayed or even canceled.
As always, I have used and tested myself the resources I recommend, and on this page, you’ll find only those providing great service and excellent value for money. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want customized suggestions!
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Let’s start planning…
A trip to Crete can be the journey of a lifetime with the right resources. There are tons of great books and travel guides that will help you decide how long to stay, where to stay, what to do. I’ve even written a couple myself!
If you’re looking for online info, then head directly to my Crete Page, with links to every useful guide and article about the island. I’ve also written a bunch of Practical Guides and Guides to Crete’s Beaches divided by region and interests. If you’re looking for specific things to do in each region, then check these:
Maps, books, digital travel guides!
Moving to Chania 5 years ago has deepened my knowledge and experience in the region. But of course, a blog cannot include every single detail and village I’ve discovered so far.
That’s why I’ve created this guide, thought especially for those touring West Crete.
You’ll find details to decide where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more! It’s always updated with the latest information!
To discover the rest of the island, always bring with you a good travel guide to Crete! The best Crete Travel Guide I’ve found so far is the one published by Lonely Planet. It has all the information you need without being overwhelming. There’s a Kindle version too.
However, if you’re after even more information, The Rough Guide to Crete is a good resource to read at home before your trip. If still want to travel with it, but you find it’s too heavy for your backpack, consider getting the Kindle version, usually cheaper and equally practical.
Top 10 Crete is a pocket travel guide that covers all the island’s major sights and attractions in easy-to-use “top 10” lists. It’s somewhat limited but it’s definitely the one I suggest for a short trip to the island.
I love maps and despite having a GPS device, I often pack my old, treasured Michelin Map of Crete. There’s absolutely no better map of Crete to carry with you. It’s super easy to read, complete, and inexpensive. A must for old school drivers, just like me!
Finally, if you want to keep a record of your trip, note down memories and important information, why not check this pretty Crete-themed notebook. I designed the cover myself using my own photography.
Booking your flight
Airfares to Crete can vary immensely from one airline to the other. The best way to get a fair deal is to compare, compare, compare… and then book!
Not clear yet? Make sure you always compare ticket prices with a powerful search engine. These are the services I trust myself. After a couple of not-great experiences using a very famous company, I’ve settled with these two:
JetRadar is a huge online search engine for flights all over the world. Its sister-brand, Aviasales, compares airfares from 726 airlines. You can track special offers and book the cheapest tickets available.
Trip.com is particularly useful to find air tickets for travelers from Australia, the UK, and Asia. A flight network with over 2 million individual flight routes that connect more than 5,000 cities around the globe.
Traveling by sea? Check ferries
Getting to Crete can be really comfortable with an airplane, but nothing beats the romantic experience of traveling by sea. However, booking a ferry ticket can be a nightmare! Search engines are usually not clear and it’s hard to find the routes you’re looking for.
I always choose Direct Ferries to visit other Greek islands or to travel directly to Crete from Athens. It has a powerful search engine that’s also very clear, and easy to use. It’s the best solution to get the right ticket you need!
Book a hotel
Booking the right accommodation can make the difference between a great experience and a holiday from hell. Choose wisely! I always suggest reading as many reviews possible before booking a place to stay! Read the small print, find the right deals, and always check the no-show & refund policy in case you need to cancel your trip.
Search engines help you find the best fees and compare what other travelers have to say. There are plenty of alternatives on the market and different programs you can go for.
I’ve used other programs too, and more often than not, I’ve found incredible deals. That’s the case with Hotels.com. A site with thousands of hotels and B&Bs. In case you were wondering, you can also participate in their Welcome Rewards Loyalty Program.
Finally, now it’s also possible to book a stay directly on Tripadvisor, the number one place where to check reviews not just for hotels, but also for activities, tours, transport services, and restaurants!
My favorite… Airbnb
Nothing beats the comfort of your own home when you’re traveling with the family and if you have kids. It gives you the flexibility to enjoy your own meals (great with toddlers), to have your personal schedule, and to enjoy the same freedom you can have back home.
Airbnb is an awesome resource for groups of friends, allowing everyone to save and share expenses… and it’s also great to book that perfect romantic accommodation when traveling with your partner.
Looking for an alternative?
I meet several travelers every year when I host my gastronomic tours in Chania. Many of them have over and over recommended the services and convenience Home Away, especially when it comes to travelers from the UK.
Get a car to move around
Road trips in Crete are the most authentic way to explore the island. Find the cheapest rental car using a good car rental search engine. There are hundreds of them and it can sometimes be hard to understand which one is more convenient. These are the ones I trust:
By far, my favorite, and the one I recommend throughout most of my posts. Why? Because Discover Cars searches over 500 trusted rental companies for you to find the best deal.
The world’s biggest online car rental service. It’s part of Booking.com and offer over 900 car rental companies across 160 countries to find the right car in the right place at the right price.
A great online service for booking cars in over 180 countries comparing prices from service providers, such as Herz, Sixt, etc. If you’re un the US, check it here.
They cooperates only with local national car rental companies, which allows them to offer provide the best products on the market, despite small geographical coverage.
They only have cars with good ratings. The company works with reputable agencies, such as Alamo, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, Enterprise, and with local car rentals with good customer reviews.
Planning a different adventure? This is an online booking service for motorcycles, scooters, quads, and bicycles all over the world comparing over 950 rental companies from over 40 countries.
Looking for a transfer service or a taxi? Check these services if you don’t really feel like driving on Crete.
Airport transfers throughout 133 countries with vehicles to suit every budget. The service provides highly reliable vehicles for any party size, from shuttles to private taxis and large coaches. Save on airport transfers!
This international online transfer booking system is present airport transfers in 100 countries with various vehicle classes and English-speaking drivers. Compare fares here.
Don’t travel without insurance!
Greece, and especially Crete, is a fairly safe destination, however, I’m sure you know that it’s always better to travel with an insurance policy for complete peace of mind.
My favorite has long been World Nomads. And the best part? If you’ve already left home you can still buy your travel insurance online once you’re at your destination!
Check organized tours & activities
Sometimes, the best way to get to know a place better and make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour, especially when you have limited time available and a long list of things you want to see!
I personally host my tours with Airbnb Experiences and I’m delighted with it. But there are many other options for you to book great tours on the island. Both Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide have a great selection of proposals that help you save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and even airport transfer!
Compare activities in Crete:
>> These are some best-selling and top-rated tours in Crete <<
Other services you should not forget to bookmark
Compensation for flight delay or cancellation
Compensair takes care of all the paperwork, submits the claim with the airline, and take care of any further communication to settle a case.
It only charges a success fee of 25% if the airline pays the client. No up-front payment required.
International SIM card
The first universal SIM card and app for travelers that is operational in 229 countries and allows for roaming-free travel.
Drimsim is a real sim card and it also includes a free app for travelers.
More essentials… that you already know I love!
I never move around the island with any of these… my Osprey backpack has been the most loyal travel partner over the last 5 years. It’s sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable! I just love it. To visit the old town, archaeological sites, and museums, this little crossbody bag is always around.
For detailed info, head to my post with helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which goes over every detail you need to know, from when it’s best to travel to what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. You can also check my post to plan a Crete trip with kids!
Probably, you’re also planning to spend some time at the beach on the island. Check my guide to the best beaches in Crete to choose the one you like the most. Read this article to decide what area suits best to stay in Crete, or check this post is you still don’t know all the things you can do in Crete.
Are you ready to explore Greece? It can be the trip of your lifetime. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary. If you happen to also tour West Crete, check this guide. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as you do!
Coming to Crete any time soon? These resources will help you organize the trip!
Start by reading these helpful tips to plan a trip to Crete, which covers details such as when it’s best to travel, what documents you need, or how to get a SIM card. Check family holidays in Crete if you travel with kids.
To visit Crete’s heavenly beaches, check my guide to the best beaches in Crete. Discover what region is best to stay or check what things you can do in Crete.
For updated information about the island, join my private group on Facebook, or get my West Crete Guide!
Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!
I never move around Crete without my Osprey backpack, a sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable travel partner I just love. To visit villages, sites, and museums instead, I carry this little crossbody bag.
When driving around, I pack my Crete Michelin map and my Nikon D7200. In Summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
Airfares to Crete can change from one airline to the other, make sure to compare prices with a powerful search engine. Planes are fast, but nothing like the romantic experience of traveling by sea in Greece. Direct Ferries has great ticket deals to reach Crete from Athens or to visit other Greek islands.
If I need to book accommodation, I personally use different search engines. Booking.com
and Hotels.com are my go-to options.
Sometimes, the best way to make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has top-rated tours to save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and airport transfer!
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!
These articles about Greece have been thought just for you!
If you’re curious about traveling the Greek islands, check the most amazing places to visit in Greece. Crete is my favorite island of all, and these 50 unmissable things to do in Crete is a great article from where to start planning a visit. Greece is also an ideal place for scuba diving, here you can discover where to do it on the islands.
Head to this article to check the best ports for cruises in Greece. This guide, instead, shows you the best things you can do in Athens if you visit for three days. If you have less time in the capital of Greece, find inspiration in this article describing all you can do if you have one day to spend in Athens.
When shall we see you in Crete?
Let me know in the comments below!
About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!
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