Five fun ways to tour Crete on wheels

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA —  By car — 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 from one of the many  local companies rather than from a multinational 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 ParkSmartline 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 road train tour with the Hersonissos Train Company. The road train ride takes place only within the Municipality of Hersonissos, but there’s plenty to see, according to the company’s website.

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.