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The very best way to see all of Greece’s largest island

As the largest island in Greece and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean, Crete might just be the best place in all of the country to experience by road, one town at a time.

With an itinerary that takes travellers to five destinations across Crete, Tempo Holidays’ ‘Charming Crete Self-drive is a fantastic option for wayfarers eager to appreciate what the island has to offer, over the course of a week.

Here’s a breakdown of five of the sites travellers will see – and never forget – on the Charming Crete Self-drive tour.

Heraklion

Knossos Palace at Crete, Greece – the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete, and the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilisation.

Knossos palace at Crete, Greece Knossos Palace, is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture.
As a magnification of all of Greece’s Aegean glory, boasting soul-thumping history, agonisingly beautiful scenery and gastronomy to-die-for, Crete dials your Greek experience up to 11.

Chania

Summertime is the best time to see the city streets of Chania, Crete.

Beautiful street with colorful buildings in Chania, Crete island, Greece. Summer landscape
For travellers arriving early by car, running out of time is less of a concern than deciding which meal to sample first (we recommend seafood – always seafood).

Rethymnon

Admire the landmarks of Crete in the old town of Rethymnon.

Landmarks of Crete - old town of Rethymnon
To truly appreciate Crete, in all its historic, gastronomic and oceanic glory, travellers should take the time to walk through the ages.

Matala

Explore the adjacent cliffs of Matala beach, Crete, or skip the pleasantries and dive in after an afternoon of top-notch Greek cuisine.

Matala beach, view from a cave in cliff used by hippies, Crete island, Greece.
Leaving time for appreciation and a shot of ouzo or two – is well worth considering.

Agios Nikolaos

The opus of your Cretian self-drive journey is a visit to Agios Nikolaos, one of the most photographed sites of Crete, and the Agios Nikolaos church in Kotsifou Canyon.

Agios Nikolaos church, Kotsifou Canyon, Crete, Greece
With the island’s Minoan, Venetian, Roman and Byzantine culture on show across the country, take a tour that gets you there quickly and with time to spare.

For more information on Tempo Holidays’ travel options for Greece, click here.

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