Crete, with its varied terrain and dynamic landscapes offers a multitude of activities. As this island is blessed with sun for nine months of the year, taking part in physical activity, getting exercise in an ever-changing environment surrounded by natural beauty is all made possible.

Watersports include:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Jet skiing
  • Surfing, kite surfing and kite boarding
  • Parasailing
  • Diving (PADI certified companies provide courses from beginners to dive master)
  • Sea and lake kayaking
  • Sailing and other boat trips
  • Fishing
  • Paddle boating, banana rides
  • A variety of beach activities such as beach volley & beach tennis/rackets.

Mountainous activities include:

  • Hiking through gorges such as the Samaria gorge, Agia Irini gorge and Imbros gorge
  • Walking, trekking and river trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycling
  • Rock climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Bungee jumping at Aradaina bridge (138 meters high)
  • Taking a 4x4 Jeep tour through forest and mountain roads.

Cultural activities include visits to:

  • Monasteries (Agia Triada, Gouverneto, Chrysoskalitissa, Gonia, Arkadi).
  • Churches and chapels with unique Byzantine frescoes, mosques, synagogues and imarets. 
  • Museums such as the small but very beautiful Archaeological Museum of Chania, Naval Museum, Byzantine and Post Byzantine Museum, History Museum and War Museum.
  • Archaeological sites (Aptera, Itzedin Castle, Polyrinia, Phaestos and Knossos Palace).
  • Historical sites (Eleftherios Venizelos Tombs and Souda War Cemetery).

Wineries are exceptional on Crete; wine-tasting and taking a tour of the production grounds is a great way to spend your day.

Other activities:

  • Cave exploration
  • Horse riding along the beach or inland through villages
  • Golf 
  • Sky diving
  • Bird watching and flower watching
  • Skeet, trap and other gun shooting activities. 
  • Take lessons on traditional Cretan cooking and learn both Cretan dances and music. If taking part in local life is what you are looking for, you can also take part in olive picking, grape stepping and the process of distillation for the making of ‘raki’.

For children, apart from the multitude of activities mentioned above which they too could participate in, there are several others to be enjoyed such as spending a day at the waterpark, trying the Bubble-Maker with a diving company and spending a day at aquarium or even at one of many children’s (commercial) entertainment venues.

Crete is best discovered and travelled by car. However even without one, Crete’s comprehensive bus service makes for easy transfer around the north coast. There are fewer busses which service the south coast but these are adequate. Ferries along the south coast service smaller ports such as Chora Sfakion, Loutro, Agia Roumeli and Paleochora.

Several tour companies offer organized trips to places of interest such as Elafonisi beach, Balos lagoon and Gramvousa islet, Spinalonga, Knossos Archaeological site and the Archaeological Museum of Crete as well as to the gorge of Samaria.

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