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. Paintball is very popular in major cities. Similarly, there are shooting, archery, and fencing clubs. Towns and some hotels house bowling centers that organize national and international tournaments. There are also many tracks for kart and unmanned vehicles. A 18-hole golf course operates at Hersonissos and a 9-hole golf course at Elounda.