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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Booking your flight
Airfares to Crete can vary immensely from one airline to the other, make sure you always compare ticket prices with a powerful search engine.
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. I always choose Direct Ferries to visit other Greek islands or to travel directly to Crete from Athens. It has a powerful search engine to get the right ticket you need!
If I need to book accommodation in Crete or anywhere else, when it comes to hotels, I personally use Booking.com. Their Genius Loyalty Programme allows me to find better fees. As they say, the more you stay with them, the more rewards you get.
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), have your personal schedule, and enjoy the same freedom you can have back home. Airbnbs 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.
Bookings through Airbnb have soared on Crete during the last years, and all indicate that the trend is here to stay. Click on this map to check the best Airbnbs in Crete.
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. Discover Cars searches over 500 trusted rental companies for you to find the best deal. Compare prices for rental cars in Crete 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? World Nomads. Already left home? Buy your travel insurance online now!
Do you have a travel guide?
A trip to Crete can be the journey of a lifetime with the right resources. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary. Or check this guide if you’re touring West Crete. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
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.
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. GetYourGuide has 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!
>> These are some top-selling and top-rated tours in Crete!
Map and other essentials
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.
When driving around Crete, I always pack my Michelin map, clear, accurate, and easy to read and my Nikon D7200, I’m lost without any of them. In summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
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.
- Further reading
If you’re curious about traveling on Crete and all the things you can do on the island, check the 50 unmissable things to do in Crete. For a better way to discover all those things, simply head to the 3-week itinerary on Crete, it can be easily adapted for 2 or even just 1 week on the island. Those wanting to explore more the Rethymnon region, it would be a great idea to check the best things to do in Rethymnon or to discover one of the best day trips in Rethymnon: Arkadi Monastery. If road trips are your thing, then check out this stunning day trip around the Lasithi Plateau, in East Crete, it tells you all you can do in the area.
Matala makes a great road trip if you’re staying in Heraklion, so why not check all the things to do in Matala? On your way there, don’t overlook the beautiful villages in Crete you could discover. Heraklion is known for being the capital of the island, but also for hosting Crete’s most important archaeological site, the wonderful Knossos Palace.
Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!
When shall we see you in Crete?
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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!