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. The 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 kitesurf 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.

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 on the island. Crossing mountains on motorbikes is also a very popular activity of local motor clubs.
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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 South Cretan Sea on the horizon. A large part of trails runs through areas that have been declared protected. The most famous of these is the
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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
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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...
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Horseback riding
Horseback riding is one of the most common activities in Crete. The island has a long tradition of 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...
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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
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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
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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
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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 favorite sport. Some well-known climbing sites are Agiofarago, Voulismeno Aloni, Therisso, Kalathas,...
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Bird watching
In the spring and autumn, Crete is a favorite 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, watchtowers have been placed in several
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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...
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Book Tickets and Tours
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