Tips for Driving in Crete
A holiday should be as stress-free and fun-filled as possible, so relying on public transport for the extent of your trip is never going to be the experience of your dreams. Car hire is often the way to go, especially in such a beautiful location as Crete that deserves exploration of the whole island. That isn’t possible on foot, so hiring a car is the best option.
Places to Go
You may want to drive to be able to see the beautiful and sprawling landscape that Crete has to offer, or you may wish to simply be able to try all of the amazing cuisine that the island is famous for. Either way it is a great experience with some of the best driving landscapes in the whole of Greece.
One such luxurious drive is between Chania and Paleochora. It is a four hour drive that takes you past Samaria, the longest gorge in Europe; it follows on to climb mountains that are dotted with traditional stone villages and amazingly situated medieval churches. The final destination of Paleochora has amazing beaches – some of the best that the island has to offer.
Another amazing drive goes via Tylissos, twisting around the green and fertile valleys surrounding Mount Psiloritis. This incredible mountain stands at a height of 2,456 metres and is the highest in Crete. For explorers, the face of the mountain conceals a cave known as Idaion Andron, which is said in legends to have been the birthplace of Zeus, king of the gods. So, for anyone who may fancy seeing the origin of a god first hand, this is the drive for you!
General Safety Tips
Driving safely is important no matter what country you take to the wheel in, so it is important to be aware of a few key driving tips for your journeys through Crete. A safe trip is a great trip!
· You will need an International Driver Permit to drive in Crete (in the UK these can be purchased for £5.50 up to three months before your trip).
· Crete keeps to the same side of the road as most of Europe and the United States; meaning they drive on the right-hand side.
· Traffic signs are generally in Greek and English, using internationally recognised traffic control and stop signs.
· Parking is permitted along most streets, but you may find it difficult to find a spot, with some places requiring you to purchase a Parking Card from nearby kiosks.
· Petrol stations do not have self-service in Crete, so a member of staff will fill your vehicle for you. After closing, there is nowhere to buy petrol automatically with a credit card.
· Emergency numbers include 104 for vehicle assistance, 100 for the police, 166 for an ambulance, and 199 for the fire brigade.
A memorable holiday is a true experience, so if you are driving make sure you follow the rules of the road, ensuring you rest along the way or hire yourself a villa in Crete to serve as your base for your holiday.
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