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Crete is the largest island of Greece and the fifth largest island of the Mediterranean with 8330 km2 and 1040 km of coastline.

It has about 600 000 inhabitants and the capital Heraklion is with about 200 000 inhabitants and the largest city on the island. Crete is located 160 km south of the mainland of Greece and has a very mild Mediterranean climate.

Crete is divided into different regions with their own characteristics, each of which offers the traveler a variety of options. Discover Crete with a rental car from Rent a Car in Crete!

It has three civil airports, two of which are international airports: Heraklion and Chania. Pick up your rental car at the airport and discover the beauties of Crete!

On the coastline, the island is surrounded by the Cretan Sea, in the south by the Libyan Sea and in the east by the so-called Carpathian Sea.

The most important ship ports of Crete are those of Heraklion and the Souda bay next to Chania, to which Car in Crete will deliver your rental car! The ports of Rethimnon, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia are smaller, but are also used for passenger transport. You will also find many small fishing ports along the south coast.

The surroundings of Crete have interesting geology. Crete is a mountainous island and its history and its people are closely linked to the mountains. To the west lays the mountains Lefka Ori (White Mountains) 2.453m high, in central Crete the Idi Mountains (Psiloritis) with 2.456 m height and in the east the Dikti Mountains with 2.148m height.In this area you will find the famous village of Anogeia. It is a municipality in the Rethymnoregional unitAnogeia  is a municipality in the Rethymno regional unit in Crete. The area of Anogeia reveals the dual nature of Crete.  Driving with your rental car through the valleys of Mylopotamos or Tylissos, you realize the fertile side of Crete, which gives legends and myths the right background and that accompany its inhabitants for centuries. If you reach Anogeia and discover the south part, you will see the imposing mountain area of Idi, as the highest of them - Psiloritis, was called in ancient times, that hosts another kind of image, landscape, an entirely different world.

In this  part of the island you will find also the region of ChoraSfakion (or also called Sfakia).

Sea, sun and beaches,mountains and gorges, and hospitable people!

The ChoraSfakion region has a famous history of resistance against invaders, impressive nature, very hospitable people, splendid weather, quiet beaches with crystal clear sea water, good food and wine, and its opportunities to walk along the gorgeous coast, hike in the mountains, and explere several of the gorges that cross the mountains. The famous Samaria gorge lies in ChoraSfakion.Near by you will find Loutro. Loutro means Bath and lies on the south coast of Chania, between AgiaRoumeli, the exit to the Samaria Gorge and ChoraSfakion. The village got its name, for many ancient baths found in the area.

Crete owes to these mountains the fertile plateaus Lassithi, Omalos and Nida, caves such as the Diktaean Cave - the birthplace of Zeus and deep gorges such as the famous Samaria Gorge. The MessaraValley in the south, at 140 km2, is the largest plain in Crete and is largely used for agriculture. Take the routes and explore the mountains of Crete with a rental car from Rent a Car in Crete!

The changeful history of Crete begins around 6000 BC.  Around 3000 BC, the Minoan culture, the first high culture on European soil, developed. Witnesses of this magnificent and rich period are the Palace of Knossos, about 5 km south of Heraklion, the ruins of the Palace of Malia and the Phaistos and many more on the island, which you can discover with your rental car.

Over the millennia, the island was both part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Republic of Venice, at times even the Arabs and the Ottoman Empire. Since the beginning of the 20th century. Crete is part of Greece.

For the history of Crete, there are still countless witnesses, such as the various ruins of the palaces of Knossos, Malia, Phaistos, Gortys, Gournia, KatoZakros, the Venetian fortress of Frangokastello and the Koule in Heraklion and many others that you enjoy on a trip with your rental car!

The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is considered one of the most important of its kind in the world.Near Heraklion you will find he large village of Arhanes. It has little in the way of places to stay, but has been restored and beautified in the last years. You can easily reach it with your Car in Crete rental car.  The route to take is past Knossos, right turn to Arhanes and you are there in about 20min. and about 5 km drive.You could visit the village's museums  and discover the region's rich history  of the Minoan and Byzantine Era.

Visit with your rental car the many monasteries in Crete, such as the monastery of Arkadi, where the rebellion of the Cretans began against Ottoman rule by the Turks, Preveli Monastery on the wonderful south coast of Crete, and Moni Toplou in the east of the island.

Drive directly with your rental car to the countless beautiful beaches and pristine bays with crystal clear, warm waters. The most famous are the palm beaches of Vai in the east and Preveli in the south, Elafonisi, Ammoudi and Damnoni in the west, Ag. Pelagia near Heraklion, Fallasarna in the west and Elounda in the east of the island and many others.

The largest cities of the island are Heraklion, Chania, Rethimnon, Ag. Nikolaos, Sitiain the north and Ierapetra to the south, which is also the most southerly city in Europe.

Trips are also worth to the island Spinalonga in the north outside of Ag. Nikolaos, which in the past was considered a sanatorium for the lepers of the island, and the island of Chrissi with its shell beaches outside Ierapetra in the south.

The population of Crete is very hospitable. Warm and open-hearted people, invite you with a raki (the popular local brandy). The people here live from tourism and agriculture, producing mostly grapes, wine, vegetables and the famous and unique olive oil, which is considered the best in the world.

The cuisine of Crete, recognized as the ideal diet for human health, has many followers worldwide. It has a variety of delicious recipes to try in the very good taverns and restaurants on the island. Dishes such as stuffed vegetables - Gemista, dried bread with tomato and olive oil - Dankos, the famous Greek salad with different kinds of vegetables or roast lamb - Ofto, Cretan cheese - Kefalotiri, are just some of them.

With a rental car you will discover freely and independently the beautiful environment, the hospitality of the people and the important history of Crete. Crete has something for every taste, from the tourist center of Hersonissos with its intense nightlife, to Zakros with its infinitely relaxing silence.

It is certainly worth to discover Crete with a rental car! Enjoy it!

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