Where is Crete in Greece?
Crete is the largest and southernmost island in Greece, located between the Aegean and Libyan Sea. It has a population of around 630,000. Just above Crete are the Cyclades islands and, to the northeast, the Dodecanese islands.
What are the main cities and regions of Crete?
Crete is divided into four administrative units called prefectures. Chania is in the west, followed by Heraklion, Rethymno and Lassithi. Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno are also the names of the main towns in these prefectures. The capital of Lassithi (the easternmost prefecture) is Agios Nikolaos.
How do you get to Chania in Crete?
Chania can easily be reached by plane or boat. The airport (international and domestic flights) is 15km (25-30 minutes) from the town centre. You can hire car from the airport, or take a taxi or bus into the city centre. (Tickets are bought on the bus.) There are also daily ferry connections from Piraeus and periodically from islands in the Cyclades and Dodecanese. High-speed ferries (seasonal) reach Chania in 5-7hrs from Piraeus and conventional ferries take 9-12hrs.
What is the best time of year to visit Chania?
Chania (and Crete generally) benefits from very good weather for most of the year, with summer conditions starting earlier and ending later than elsewhere in Greece. It does get busy in the peak summer holiday months (July and August), so come in May-June or September if you can. The ideal months to enjoy a road trip in Crete are April-May and September-November.
What is it like to drive in Crete?
There is a good road network in Crete, particularly along the north coast (E75) between the main towns (Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno and Elounda). And there are main roads towards the south and between the main mountain ranges. Just remember that you drive on the left in Greece and that roads between smaller settlements can be narrow and windy, particularly in the mountains. If you are worried, it is best to avoid driving at night on country roads. Look out for the goats. They have right of way.
For all questions relating to insurance and driving licenses, make sure you get advice before arriving in Greece. Your car rental company will be able to advise you.