Top 5 scenic routes in Crete by Car
  • December 7, 2020
  • Crete

Top 5 scenic routes in Crete by Car

Crete is the largest and most populated island in Greece.Filled with diversities, it combines magnificent forests and mountains as well as golden pebbled beaches with crystal-clear waters. 


The first worth visiting route would be the one from Heraklion to Zaros forest. 

Starting from Heraklion we follow the National Road west until we find ourselves on the provincial road to Tylissos where we can visit the Minoan palace. In the picturesque village of Agios Myronas with the traditional houses you can visit the church and the cave hermitage of Saint Myronas, after whom the village was named.

We continue west to the village of Zaros, widely known for its spring waters. 

North of Zaros is the smaller but exquisite lake Votomos. Zaros is at the very edge of the magnificent Rouvas forest, a perfect destination for nature lovers. 


On the southwestern tip of Crete and one of the most impressive landscapes you’ll have the chance to witness Elafonisi. With the exceptional natural beauty of the island and a very interesting ecosystem that covers most of the island are combined with the gorgeous beaches.

On your return make sure to visit Falassarna and enjoy the sunset on one of the most delightful beaches of Crete.


A visit to Heraklion is a must! The first thing you need to do is take a walk on the beach, the city center to the famous Lions and head to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which is absolutely breathtaking. It has been renovated and reopened in 2015 and houses a large collection of Minoan art work that are the most spectacular samples of Minoan civilization that have been discovered! A trip to Knossos, a unique archeological sight should definitely be on your list as well! 

And while in the city, don’t forget to visit Hersonissos, which is about half an hour away from Heraklion and is famous for both the amazing beaches and the frantic nightlife.


Another great option would be Preveli, located on the south side of the island, about 32 km away from the city of Rethymnon. In order to reach the beach, you will pass through a steep path, through palm trees and small rivers. Alternatively drive to Plakias (35km. from Rethymnon) and from there you can reach Preveli by boat.

The view on the beach can't be compared with anything you've ever seen in your life. 


If you’re feeling adventurous, your next must-visit place has to be Samaria’s gorge.

Passing through this gorge is considered a life experience, as it is the most famous gorge in Greece. You should definitely go properly equipped, as this is a rugged 14 km route, where you will cherish the lush vegetation, wild landscape and dazzling beauty. 

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