ABOUT CRETE

 

Rent a car in Crete is the official dealer for a number of top automotive brands. We also supply through our rent-a-car division, a vast range of other makes with more than 40 models for you to choose from. With more than 35 years of experience in helping visitors with top quality, reliable cars, we are the local experts for your car rentals in Crete. Many of our vehicles are brand new, and all of them are in excellent condition and fully serviced. In addition every vehicle comes with a comprehensive insurance and a 24-hour breakdown and rescue cover

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Rent-a-car in Crete, will give you the freedom to explore everything that Crete has to offer: from our 1000 kilometers of coastline, 100 kms or so of beaches, quaint villages, beautiful countryside and ancient landmarks. If you are not sure where to go or what to explore we can help you plan your trip, as we know every nook and cranny on the island.

 

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Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can admire the remnants of ancient civilizations, explore the most beautiful beaches, impressive mountain peaks and capes, valleys and steep gorges and take part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe of its own with many treasures for you to uncover!

 

Whether you are drawn to the beautiful coastal roads and sea air or prefer the windy lanes of our Cretan villages, Rent-a-car in Crete’s wide range of cars has the perfect model for your holiday. You could go for something fast and sleek, or a convertible so that you can enjoy the sunshine as you travel. Or perhaps you would like something even more exciting? The Jeep Compass has plenty of space for you, your family, tent, barbeque, towels and anything else you need, and it can manage off-road terrain for a real adventure.

 

The region of Chania, on the western side of the island, is dominated by the impressive White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and its famous National Park that occupies the largest part of the area. The city of Chania remains unaltered of all its characteristics. The Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, fountains and the elaborate churches and historical monuments dating back the Venetian Rule Era. If you love monasteries you have to visit the monastery of Chrysoskalítissa. It is a 17th century Orthodox Christian monastery that lies on a steep cliff on the south west coast of Crete, approximately 72 kilometers from the town of Chania. Built on 35 meters high rocks that overlook the Libyan Sea. According to local tradition, the name of the monastery is derived from one of the 90 steps that lead there, which is said to be golden and visible only to devout Christians. Take a trip in your rental car and immerse yourself in its charm and tranquility!

 

In addition to historical sights, the town of Chania has a few of the most incredible beaches on the island with crystal clear water and some of them even have pink sand like “Elafonisi”, “Balos” “Seitan Limani” “Chora Sfakion” and “Falasarna”.

 

Rethymno region: Crete's smallest prefecture located between the White Mountains and Mt Psiloritis (also called “Idi”), is synonymous to gorgeous mountain capes, marvelous beaches, traditional Cretan music, legendary caves, historic monasteries and monuments and traditional villages. When you are driving in the city make sure you will not miss Fort “Fortezza” which is located in the north side of the city, dating back to the 16th Century, now a Venetian Era Citadel and one of the most well-preserved sights in Crete. It is located right next to the sea, so you can combine a cultural trip with a touch of beach time while you are at it! Another historical monument, “The Loggia”, also built in the 16th Century, is one of the most imposing buildings in the city, originally used by Venetian Aristocrats for important Political meetings. At the beginning of the 20th century, during the Greek-Turkish War, The Loggia became a mosque and continued to be used for prayer. Today, it is a fascinating museum housing archeological treasures that have been discovered all around Crete. If however, you are feeling more adventurous, you can visit the beautiful highlands of Crete with your rental – perfect for hiking and exploring, the village of Anogia is situated at an altitude of 1,4000m and is the home to several grazing sheep and goats. From there you can travel further up into the mountains to witness the “Ida Cave”, which was closed to visitors until 2012 to protect its historical treasures including gold and silver jewelry, spearheads and seals dating back from Minoan to Roman times! It is well worth a trip! Finally, Rethymno has a few of the most amazing beaches in Crete, all accessible with your rental car! The beach of “Preveli”, “Triopetra”, “Plakias”, “Bali” and “Panormo” are the beaches you should be visiting first! Whether you like your beach crowded or secluded, you can enjoy the sun with a cold beer or stay under you umbrella and read a book to relax!

 

Heraklion, the largest city on the island of Crete, boasts unique archaeological treasures, significant coastal settlements, a handful of picturesque villages, vast valleys with olive groves and huge vineyards. A unique combination of urban scenery and natural wealth makes the region of Heraklion an appealing all-year-round destination. As far as history goes, Heraklion has plenty of historical monuments for you to visit with your rental car. Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archeological site on Crete and it is considered to be the oldest city in Europe! The long Neolithic presence on the island gives way to the wonders of the Minoan civilization. The name is bestowed upon them by modern scholars with reference to the mythical King Minos, ruler of the kingdom and palace of Knossos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalos and Icaros. Additionally, a place you should not miss is the old Palace of “Kato Zakros”, built around 1500 BC, during the Bronze Age in the Minoan-Cretan era, several palaces were built in the Minoan style. One well-preserved palace can still be found in Káto Zákros. The Palace of Zakros was built around 1900 BC. This impressive archeological site is located 50 kilometers from Sitia in eastern Crete, approximately 140 kilometers from Heraklion. The extensive ruins are located just behind Káto Zákros, 7 kilometers from the modern village of the same name, showingbits complex rooms, ceremonial chambers and sophisticated construction of the architecture of the Bronze era, all easily accessible in your rental car! Last but not least, the beaches located near or in southern Heraklion, such as the organized beaches of Matala, Agia pelagia or beaches with exotic landscapes such as “Agiofaraggo” and “Foinikodasos” are the perfect destination if you are looking for a good tan and a cold beverage!

 

Finally, Agios Nikolaos, is a coastal town and capital of the Lasithi area. Agios Nikolaos was settled in the late Bronze Age by the “Dorians”, for its invaluable position right next to the sea. Visiting Agios Nikolaos with your rental car gives you the opportunity to see Lake Voulismeni, a small sweet water lake, that according to legend has no bottom and Goddess Athena used to bathe in it!

 

Spinalonga, a small island near Elounda in East Crete that is known as the Leper Island, as that is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were quarantined until 1957.

 

Additionally in the Lasithi area, there are few of the most incredible beaches on the island with crystal waters like “Ammoudara beach”, “Sisi ”, exotic beaches like “ Vai” or the small uninhabited island of Chrisi, also known as Gaidouronisi (donkey island) which is just an hour away by ferry boat from Ierapetra!

 

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