Adventure and Outdoor

Activities

Crete

Crete is a heaven for nature lovers and those combining adventure and fun on their vacation. The island offers a variety of activities and opportunities for exploring nature and promises a unique and unforgettable experience for those who decide to explore it.

With its magnificent nature and constant landscape alternation, Crete of four seasons never gets boring. A first visit to Crete is usually followed by a second, as visitors are enchanted by the beauty of the island. 

Guests can choose among many activities, depending on their interests. Especially for nature lovers, this place is a real paradise!

Hiking, canyoning, climbing, scuba diving, horse riding, caving, trekking, skiing, mountain climbing, parasailing, windsurfing, and kite surf are some of the activities that Crete offers. All those are combined with a great variety of lodging options; from small family hotels or agritourism cottages to luxurious all inclusive hotels.

Agritourism units and specialized tourist agencies offer seminars for gathering herbs, snails, mushrooms and truffles in the countryside. Similarly, they organize tours for acquainting visitors with traditional rural occupations, such as the cultivation of olive or vine, production of honey and more.

Diving in Crete
Crete retains its rugged terrain below sea surface, forming imposing abysses, caves and reefs. Furthermore, numerous shipwrecks and airplane carcasses are scattered round Crete, a reminder of the island’s the history. Guests of Crete have the opportunity to escape to the magical underwater world by choosing among a large number of diving clubs. Besides diving, visitors can explore coasts through snorkeling or participate in fishing trips or bottom-glass boat excursions. Souda Bay...
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Breaking the waves
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are the two most popular wave sports in Crete. In recent years fans of a new form of sport, stand up paddle (SUP), have increased. During the winter days, the most adventurous are engaged in surfing. 
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Hiking
The best way to explore Crete is to walk off the beaten track, beyond the places reached by car, follow ancient paths, explore the magnificent scents of herbs in the canyons, climb on the tops of the highest mountains and enjoy the view to the deep blue Cretan and Libyan Sea on the horizon. A large part of trails runs through areas which have been declared protected. The most famous of these is the National Reserve of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), one of the seven reserves of...
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Snow sports
Apart from Cretans, most visitors ignore that the snowy peaks of the Cretan mountains in winter are ideal for snow sports. Alpinism, ski mountaineering and snow kite are becoming more and more popular to locals and visitors.
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Cycling
The rugged terrain of Crete is a paradise for lovers of off-road exploration. Cycling in dirt tracks, on the edge of steep slopes with breathtaking sea views, is a unique experience.  Cycling, either off-road or on asphalt-paved roads, is a wonderful way to explore the hinterland. Many companies and cycling clubs operate in this sector. The Cycling Tour of Crete is one of the most famous cycling events and attracts many visitors from all over the globe.
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Horseback riding
Horseback riding is one of the most common activities in Crete. The island has a long tradition in using horses in everyday life. Even today, many Cretans own a Cretan horse (georgalidiko), a breed perfectly adapted to the rugged terrains of Crete, and take part in competitions and shows. On the island there are many riding clubs and associations, while companies offer riding courses or excursions.
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Caving
The existence of numerous caves is inextricably linked to the rugged topography of Crete. Crete has more than 4.500 mapped caves and sinkholes, available to each experienced speleologist who wants to enjoy their rich decoration and fauna. The geological importance of Crete is indicated by the numerous international caving missions for the discovery of unexplored caves and sinkholes. Internationally famous precipices are Gourgouthakas (the deepest in Greece with a depth of -1.208m),...
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Canyoning
In the rugged terrain of Crete, rivers meet large faults and steep descents during their course through the canyons, forming hundreds of small and high waterfalls. Crossing gorges of Crete with high waterfalls is possible only by using technical equipment. Appropriate training in canyoneering techniques can be offered by specialist companies on the island. The most popular technical canyons of Crete include the imposing gorge Ha, Tsoutsouras, Kalami, the gorge of Arvi (which...
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Air Sports
The island of Icarus and Daedalus is home to several companies and clubs that organize contests or offer lessons and equipment for air sports. Crete is full of steep slopes, ideal for mountain sports associated with the wind, such as paragliding or paramotor. The area of Avdou by Hersonissos is one of the most popular paragliding spots. All major airports of Crete house certified air-sport clubs that provide seminars and small aircrafts to rent. There are also many clubs for...
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Rock Climbing
Several clubs and certified instructors deal with climbing. Every weekend numerous athletes combine an excursion in nature with practicing their favourite sport. Some well-known climbing sites are Agiofarago, Voulismeno Aloni, Therisso, Kalathas Stavros, Plakias, Malia, Kria Vrissi, Latzimas, Kofinas, Agios Nikolaos and more.  
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Bird watching
In the spring and autumn, Crete is a favourite resting place for a vast number of migratory birds. Many observation huts and towers have been installed in wetlands where bird watchers can watch a great variety of birds. Apart from wetlands, watch towers have been placed in several gorges and mountains that are home to a large number of birds of prey. The largest natural lake in Crete is located at Kournas by Georgioupolis, where visitors can observe birds from the...
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Off-road exploration
The rugged terrain of Crete is a paradise for lovers of off-road exploration. Driving in dirt tracks, on the edge of steep slopes with breathtaking sea views, is a unique experience. The island is home to an increasing number of companies offering four-wheel drive excursions in the most amazing places of the island. Crossing mountains on motorbikes is also a very popular activity of local motor clubs. Cycling, either off-road or on asphalt-paved roads, is also a...
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Sport Tourism
Visitors of Crete can practice some of their favorite sports or be introduced to new ones. Every year, navy clubs organize open-sea sailing races such as J24, Regatta and Laser. Moreover, modern basketball and soccer courts host international matches. Associations of martial arts host world class events. Athletics, marathon and trail running are also very common. Apart from common sports, for which facilities are available all over the island, there are less known sports to practice....
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Adventure Crete

Georgiou Papandreou 30, Elounda

At Adventure Crete you find just the best and coolest activities for your holidays. Don’t waste your time. Holidays are too short!

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