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Car Hire in Crete
When hiring a car in Crete, Thomas Cook a low-cost, affordable service with a range of cars to suit all budgets and holidays needs. Simply arrange online and pick up your car at either Heraklion or Chania International Airport and start exploring that Crete has to offer.
Why rent a car in Crete?
Crete is a haven of ancient civilisations, spanning from the Minoans to the Romans, with the island awash with historically significant sites. There’s the famous Knossos, as well as Phaistos in the south, Malia in the northeast and Zakros on the south-eastern coast. As you’d expect with any Greek island, the beaches are also spectacular.
As well as the main urban areas on the island; Heraklion (the capital), Chania, Rethymno and Lasithi – Crete is home to hundreds of villages and smaller towns, each with their own unique flavour far away from the crowds. As a mountainous island, Crete has spectacular views from many of its peaks which are accessible only on long gravel roads.
Where are the best driving routes in Crete?
The drive from Chania to Paleochora has been described as “one of the most scenic drives in Europe”. The journey takes approximately four hours, starting in the quaint waterfront city of Chania. It takes in the sight of Samaria, the longest gorge in Europe, before heading up into the craggy mountains through small traditional villages with their stone houses and 14th century Byzantine churches. Once you reach Paleochora it’s time to relax on the pink sandy beaches knowing you’ve seen the best of Crete.
Are there any local driving rules in Crete?
The interpretation of Greek driving laws, tend to vary slightly between the islands. When driving in Crete it’s important to think of the following:
What’s the speed limit in Crete?
The speed limits in Crete are:
The speed limits can vary in other areas, but they are usually well signposted (Crete and the rest of Greece complies with internationally recognised traffic signs).
Things to watch out for in Crete
When you first pick up your car, driving in Crete can be daunting. You should aim to drive defensively paying particular attention to overtaking, cars pulling out from side roads without stopping, as well as vehicles driving in the middle of the road.
The roads themselves can vary in their state of repair, with the highways usually in fairly good condition. The main highway in the north runs from Agios Nikolaos to Kastelli via Heraklion, Rethymno and Chania. In places the road is a dual carriageway, is can be narrow in places and have sharp bends.
In the south, you’ll find that mountainous roads often turn into long gravel dirt tracks. When driving in the south, a Sat Nav can be very handy as maps aren’t always particularly reliable. You should also add extra time on to your journey to take into account the winding nature of these roads.
Tips for driving in Crete
Driving in Crete is very different to driving in the UK. Here are some quick tips to bear in mind:
How much does car hire in Crete cost?
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Hiring a car with Thomas Cook…
There's a variety of cars available to suit your holiday requirements and budget with free theft protection (TP) and collision damage waiver (CDW), look no further than Thomas Cook for your car hire to make the most of exploring Crete.