Reputedly the birthplace of Zeus, Crete is the largest and most populated of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. A huge European tourism hotspot, popular destinations include the Palm Beach of Vai which is the biggest natural palm forest in Europe.
You can also explore the famous archaeological sites of the Minoans at Knossos and Phaistos, the ancient Venetian port of Chania and the castle at Rethymno. Car hire in Crete allows for a short drive to the coast whenever you choose, where you can try your hand at water sports including diving and snorkelling.
Visit Crete and You'll find a number of festivals celebrating the island's greatest traditions. Every October, the village of Elos holds their Chestnut Festival, where the villagers create dishes based around the chestnuts which are grown on their plentiful trees, amid much celebration. The island is also famous for its vineyards and outstanding food which includes olives and many cheeses, all of which are produced locally.
If you rent a car in Crete you can take a leisurely drive along the coast to the Cretaquarium near Gournes or the Aquaworld Aquarium at Hersonissos and come face to face with hundreds of species that live in the Mediterranean Sea.
Opening hours:(Seasonal location) *** From 01 April to 31 Oct: Mo-Su 0800-1400 1730-2100 *** /// *** From 01 Nov to 31 Mar: Mo-Sa 0800-1400 1730-2030, Sa 0800-1400, Su closed ***
Address:78 Karamanli Avenue
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0630-2400
Opening hours:(Seasonal Location): Apr-Oct: Mo-Su 0700-1400 1700-2000 // Nov-Mar: Mo-Fr 0730-1630, Sa 0700-1300, Su Closed
Address:4, 25th August Street
Opening hours:(Seasonal Location) Apr-Oct: Mo-Su 0800-1400 1730-2100 /// Nov-Mar: Mo-Fr 0800-1300 1800-2000, Sa 0800-1500, Su closed
Address:15 I. Koundourou Street
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0630-2400
Opening hours:Seasonal Location: Apr-Oct: Mo-Su 0800-1330 1730-2100; Nov-Mar: closed
Address:46 El. Venizelou Str
Opening hours:(Seasonal location) *** Apr-Oct: Mo-Su 0800-2100 *** /// *** Nov-Mar: Mo-Fr 0800-2000, Sa 0800-1600, Su 0800-1400 ***
Opening hours:(Seasonal Location) Apr-Oct: Mo-Su 0800-1400 1700-2100 /// Nov-Mar: location closed
Address:25 Dimokratias Street, Malia
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.