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Wine Route

Roundtrip Knossos – Arhanes – Peza – Thrapsano: a tantalizing day trip that takes you from the splendour of Minoan civilization at the palace of Knossos, through the enchanting wine region of Peza, with its traditional village of Arhanes and some of the best wineries in Crete, to the famous pottery centre of Thrapsano.

Kritsa - Ayios Nikolaos - Spinaloga

For a relaxing daytrip with interesting places to see: the little 3-aisled church of Panayia Kera and its beautiful wall paintings, the charming village of Kritsa and its embroidery, the cosmopolitan harbour town of Ayios Nikolaos and the former leper colony on the islet of Spinalonga.

Rethymnon - Moni Arkadiou - Margarites

This day trip takes you to Crete’s intellectual capital Rethymnon with its Turkish and Venetian architecture in the historic quarter. On your way back to Malia pay a visit to the beautiful monastery of Arkadhi, followed by a stop in the pottery village Margharites with its fine earthenware.

Messara Plain

Ghortys – Phaistos – Matala: Explore south central Crete with a full day of culture and swimming that takes you to the archeological sites of Roman capital Ghortys and its Law Code and Minoan Phaistos with its mysterious clay disc; spend some time at the picturesque village of Vori and its splendid folklore museum from where you head for Matala for a cooling dive in the Libyan sea.


Hania, capital of the prefecture of the same name and with 60,000 inhabitants Crete’s second biggest town, is proudly presented as the island’s most atmospheric city. It is a great place for going out and enjoying the good life, with lots of shops to browse and excellent restaurants. Traces of its Venetian and Turkish past, with little fountains and elegant mansions, mosques and minarets are evident everywhere as you walk through the picturesque alleys and the harbour.

Sitia - Moni Toplou - Vai

This day trip leads you straight into the tranquility of eastern Crete with the attractive coastal town Sitia, the proud monastery of Toplou and the beach of Vai with its unique palm forest.

Gorge of Samaria

Anybody who feels up to it, has a good pair of legs and sturdy shoes should dedicate one day of his holidays to walking the Samaria gorge. This national park is situated in the Lefka Ori of south-west Crete, in the prefecture of Hania and covers a surface area of 5,100hectares. Its gorge of 18km. length is claimed to be the longest in Europe and is guaranteed to lead you through breathtaking scenery.